Pattern: Eyelet Chemise, from Interweave Knits, Summer 2006
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Prima, 8 skeins.
Modifications: I added two inches to the bottom lace section pattern and an extra half inch to the top eyelet section. I used smaller buttons and used the crochet edging as button holes.
What I learnt: How to insert short row bust darts. They worked really well to add length to the front; you can read how I did them here.
Comments: This is the best-fitting garment I have made, and I’m really thrilled about that. I love the plunging neckline, which is just high enough.
However, the one slight issue I have with this cardigan is the difference between something flattering, as distinct from fitting, a particular body type. I don’t have any empire-waist tops; mostly I chose things that accentuate my waist. I think I’ve discovered the reason for this: Steve took these photos, and he was very complimentary when he first saw me wearing this top. However, it was not the knitting to which his eye was drawn. And here’s the thing – I’m not sure that I want to get that kind of attention all the time!