The choli vexes me

First, though, I got a lot done this weekend. I finished one of the Rivendell socks (it’s a little short, but not wholly uncomfortable), plied my first singles (woohoo!) and then sewed up the ghagra and patka for my garb. I stitched the ghagra 3 times, as the first time I stiched the drawstring opening closed, then the second time I had to undo it and cut some out, because it was overly voluminous. It’s still overly voluminous, but only by about 28 inches (okay, that’s a lot); I don’t really want to try to fix it again before this weekend. The patka belt/ghagra combo theory works well, though, and I shall post photos soon.

I also met the Chickengoddess’s family and went to Knitch with her and Jennie, who came over later while I sewed some more. It was great.

The choli, though… Well, the choli vexes me. I have been working on it for a month now and it is clear that I am not a seamstress. I have gathered together photos of people in modern backless cholis, to see if perhaps I can apply their construction to my period backless choli. It has a lot of gaping issues around the ribcage, and I think I’m going back to the fitted version because the flat version puckers and wrinkles oddly. Hopefully before the end of this evening I can come up with a working prototype, which I can use to make an actual first wearable version on Thursday. I don’t know when or if I’ll get around to making the 18 tassels I need, though I imagine I can do some that are not spectacular but will do for the time being. I can even do them on the car ride to RUM.

In the meantime, to help with my frustration, I’m continuing to knit the other Rivendell sock, now that I am done with the cursed wrap portion, and I can wash my handspun. I’ll take a photo and share soon.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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4 Responses to The choli vexes me

  1. iaminchennai says:

    i found a pattern as close as i can find for a backless choli… if you want to try again ( though the finished one looks perfect for me)

    check at http://www.aussietribaldance.com/ the pattern is not for woven fabric and you may have to tweak it a bit.

    • HappyGoth says:

      I will try! I found a photo of a Bollywood star in a traditional Rajasthani apron-front choli, and it matches the stitching (or what looks like stitching) in the miniatures pretty well. This pattern (that you sent) looks like a good start! The back is the right shape, at least!

      Some friends of mine are working on a “reproduction,” but I’m impatient.

  2. Flawed says:

    You can do it!

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