Yay it's done!
Ruffles, while pretty to look at and play with, are not fun to knit. They felt like they took forever, but I'm glad I did them because they look really nice and really finish the piece.
On to the pictures!
Modeling the finished project Front and Back:
Sorry for the goofy expression. Mom didn't
warn me when she was taking the picture.
Closeup of the lace sleeves and seed stitch border:
Finally, how it stays together! I didn't want it hanging open like in the original so I sewed buttons on to one side and they are small enough that they slip into the selvedge stitch on the other to keep it closed.
All in all I think it turned out really well, though I'm not sure it looks the greatest on me. I think it makes me look kind of chunky but my Mom and grandma assure me it looks great. I'll probably wear it anyway because I like to wear things I made, even if they look horrible.
The pattern was really easy to follow and I love the ruffles, even if they were a pain in the ass to knit. I really didn't have any problems except getting a little bored with the lace stitch and swearing at ruffles late into the night.
Once again, found the pattern here : http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTbella.html