Graduation Outfit!

Sorry about the first posting of this not having any pictures!  I scheduled it ahead of time, and when I was going to add all the photos I got very sick and, obviously, wasn't thinking about this post.  I've fixed it, so now I hope you enjoy it more!

So, as many of you know, this picture pretty much encapsulates my life for the next three weeks:

Yep, I graduated May 2, and on May 10 I'll be getting married!  I've been a bit swamped the past couple weeks, of course, but now that I've graduated, finished up my contract as a resident assistant, and moved out of the dorms, the next fun event I have to look forward to is my wedding to the best man ever!  (Am I biased?  Heck yeah.  And I'm cool with it.)

So until all the wedding madness is over (and I'm super pumped to share it with all of you soon!), I have some pictures from my graduation:

I'm really proud of my graduation outfit, I won't lie.  I made both the sweater and the skirt, the shoes are vintage 1940s, and my nylons and brooch are reproduction 1940s accessories.  I really wanted a full out 40s look because I really do feel that it represents me well in this point of my life.  Not to mention, my dad picked out the awesome flamingo brooch that I totally love!

I knitted the sweater from the Sunglo Book Series 115, and it's the Virginia 3707 pullover pattern.  I bought a PDF version of the pattern on Etsy at Granny's PDF Patterns for about $5, and it was full of eight adorable sweater patterns.  The PDF was super easy to read, printed well, and Granny even answered some of the basic knitting questions I had before getting started!  Talk about good customer service!

Then, to be certain I wouldn't have another epic sweater fail, I got a book that helped me knit everything correctly.  I knitted the pattern exactly as was called for in the pattern, same measurements, same ease, same everything.  At the bottom of this post is a summary of all the pattern details.  

I will say that everyone is right when they say vintage sweaters are VERY fitted.  When I first tried it on (and I even blocked all the pieces before sewing it together, mind you), I felt like I had just made a knitted corset.  However, after wearing it a few more times around the dorm and such, it's definitely starting to ease up and feel more comfortable.  I also think that I may be getting used to the fitted feel as well, and I don't mind it so much now.  

The sweater definitely isn't perfect in its construction (I'm still kind of a knitting newb), but I learned a lot and will definitely do better on my next project!  This sweater is still perfectly wearable and, I think, pretty great despite the mistakes.  I'm probably the only one that would even know they're there!

Outfit Details:
sweater: knitted by me!
skirt: handmade by me
shoes: Decades (Springfield, MO)
stockings: Secrets in Lace

Pattern Details:
Pattern: Sunglo Book Series 115, Virginia 3707
Alterations to fit: none, 32"/34" bust size used
Alterations to design: just exchanged the double crochet finish on the neckline (where it snaps) to a knitted section.  I didn't have a small enough crochet hook at the moment.
Type of Yarn used: Jojoland Ballad, colorway #205  (a dusty rose color), fingering 4-ply, 100% wool
Needles used: 2.75mm (vintage #12, modern US 2) and 3.25mm (vint. #10, mod. US 3)
Hours to create:  I honestly couldn't bear to count.  I know I'll get faster with practice.
For other details, check out my Ravelry Virginia 3707 project page!

Me and the fam
My RA graduating coworkers/BFFs, our awesome boss/friend and I!
My sister Aria, me, and Jacob


  1. Congratulations!!!! *Hugh Hug* It's such a wonderful feeling graduating from college. :) You have a very exciting week ahead of you of sure. Don't forget to take some time for yourself. Make a cup of tea and find a quiet spot to relax. I'm very excited for you and wish you both the very best!! I know your wedding will be beautiful! :)

  2. I can't see your outfit photos but congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your wedding!

  3. You tease, I can't see the photos! :P

    But congrats on graduation, and best wishes for your wedding! Can't wait to hear all about it. :) You're a lovely couple and I wish you all the best.

  4. Pictures or it didn't happen! Congratulations on graduating, and all the best for your wedding.

  5. Ms.Emeliegh?
    I know you are tiny but I don't even see your picture! Lol! Happy day to you on the tenth! Can't wait to see your photos! Could you please share a video of your happy day too? That would be delightful to see since so many of us can't be there to see it! Hugs! Merry from

  6. Thanks so much for letting me know you're taking part in my Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge - this skirt and outfit is too cute for words! I've added you to my dedicated Pinterest board and I hope you let me know when you finish other makes so I can add them too!

    Congratulations on graduating too!!!