Sunday, May 11, 2008

China Doll Progress Part Duex

Well to summarize....

What we have hear is one close fitting tunic that includes maximum bust ease, starting approximately two inches below the underarm, waist shaping and hip shaping.

With this pattern you have the option to stop at the waist or to continue on and make a tunic style top.

This is how far I would have gotten had I chosen to stop at the waist.

But, I wanted a tunic, so I began a second flair as instructed. After the second, and what was supposed to be the last flair including additional rows, I started getting a little skeptical. I said to myself "Now what does Doris Chan know about the hips of a thick black woman?" And, I kid you not, Doris Chan actually materialized in front of me with her hand on her hip. She said, "The skill level on pattern said experienced. Are you experienced, Nicole, or are you a novice, you tell me. I've showed you how to make a flair, what else do you want from me?" Man, she really had me feeling ashamed. I also started to wonder what the heck I was thinking making a form fitting top for myself. I never buy these types of clothes. It was just that I was so intrigued by the whole customization idea that I couldn't help it. These show me wearing by brand new Lane Bryant Cacique Balconette style bra. Do you see what a difference it makes?

The Second Flair. It's supposed to resemble a tunic at this point but doesn't.

After clowning me like that,I thought that Doris Chan would go away but no, she stayed there until I completed my third flair and the trim. That's cool, because I needed to tell her how much I loathe her Reverse Single Crochet, Ch 1! I mean really, what's the point? "Doris, I think you're just trying to be special by being difficult. The nerve of some people." At this point I willed her away because I didn't want her, let's call it vibe, to suddenly take away my mojo as punishment for talking smart to her.

Anywho, the next time you see the China Doll it will be completed. I've had to wing the collar because you may have noticed that those markers that were in the first picture have disappeared, oops. I'm making my sleeves longer in an attempt to hide a little of my arm fat, so I'm doing those last so that I don't use up all my yarn before making the motifs and required trims. I've already used extra on the additional flair so I have to budget. I may have to wait to show the finished product to you in the environment it is intended for. Oooooo, can I wait?


Pajnstl said...


It looks good!

urbanknitrix said...

I love this top and color on you! I can't wait to see the finished product.

Anonymous said...

You are really working this top. Can't wait to see it all done!

Sheila said...

Its coming out lovely.

LoL @ the Doris Chan dialogue.

Zuleika said...

That top looks great on you, and I love the color! I heard Doris Chans directions can be hard to follow, and I'm still not sure if I want to purchase the book. You seem to have done okay though. I wonder what Doris would say to her appearance at your place. lol

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Coming along very nicely. As I said before, this top is very flattering on you.

Christy said...

I think it looks great.