Best dresses are red. At least for me, it’s absolutely my favourite colour for dresses and I have a few in different shades of red in my wardrobe. No wonder that when I found Drops’ new pattern – Belladonna Dress – I knew that I was going to crochet it, and that it needed to be red, just like the original.
It should be a quick project but with my travel last week, work and trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible (because you need to take advantage of sunny days here, you never know how long they’re going to last or when will they return!) it took me about 2 weeks to finish. Why should it be quick? Well, first of all it’s crochet – by default faster than knitting. It also uses DK yarn which for me personally it’s on a thicker side, as my preferred yarn is fingering weight. Finally, the texture is a bit lacy, which for crochet usually means working up faster than solid fabric (unless it’s a very elaborate, fiddly lace, which isn’t the case here). The pattern is repeated and only changes slightly in the chest area, so it’s quite easy to memorise it or at least only need the chart to remember the next row.
This lacy texture also means that the dress is quite see-through. I can see a few solutions: either I don’t care about that, wear it as a beach dress only, or add some nice backing layer. I’m choosing the third option and I hesitate between black or nude fabric. Or maybe red? But then it wouldn’t be easy to find the right red shade. Personally I like the look of red lace on black background, but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea. What do you think?
I also think I’m going to add something between 5 and 10 centimetres to its length, as right now it’s very mini, whereas I’d prefer is to end just above the knee. Luckily, modifications are so much easier with crochet than with knitting, at least for me!
Even though it still needs to be modified, I love it and can’t wait when it’s 100% ready to be worn 🙂
And just a small update before I upload the post: Stella is much better, although last week was difficult. In the end she needed stronger meds and we had 2 or 3 days when I needed to spoon feed her water and semi-solid food as she wouldn’t eat or drink on her own. But since yesterday she’s been sleeping less, started eating again and I even saw her slap Ciri once, which is a very good sign! Ciri seems relieved too – poor thing seemed really confused and lonely when her big sister suddenly stopped playing with her. Next week I’m going to take her for a check up to our vet and we’re going to do blood tests to be sure that things have indeed improved.