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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Warmly Wrapped


Shrugs had never interested me enough to buy or wear one, but the one in Ottobre's 5-2012 issue appealed to me enough that I went to effort of making one!

My local fabric warehouse happened to have a couple of nice sweater knits in colors I liked - that's a rarity. I do buy fabric online, but I'm not willing to take the risk with sweater knits as most of those I run into have a horrible synthetic texture. Well, this one is very soft  and stretchy and it's cream, not stark white. Very nice.

Aside from figuring out how to neatly hem the thing, the sewing effort is not too challenging once you wrap your mind around the layout and construction. 


 I found the sizing to be a bit snug. The arms are very tight (they're overlong and intended to be scrunched up) and it would not be possible to wear this shrug with long-sleeved dress I had intended it for. It works okay with the short-sleeved dress shown here. The photos tell me it's pulling across the back a little. Hopefully it'll relax (stretch) a little with wear. I can't see it, so it doesn't really bother me, anyway, hehe.



The dress is looks very simple since the print is hiding all the details. It has raglan sleeves and pintucks at the neckline. It's an easy-to-wear summer dress. I may go back and give some shape to the side seams.


Shrug: Warmly Wrapped wrap-around Jacket (Ottobre 5-2012-2)
Dress: Lana Knit Dress (Ottobre 5-2010-10)

15 comments:

  1. Oh that looks lovely. I have that issue and was thinking I'd make that wrap - its so different when it wraps like a scarf. I don't know where I'd find nice snuggly sweater knit around here though.

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    1. Thanks; I like the scarf-like ties as well. I hope you can find some nice sweater knits; it's pretty rare to find them around here.

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  2. I like the wrap both ways. I think it's really cool when wrapped like a scarf!

    The dress is cute too.

    I'm beginning to wonder if warmth is ever coming. I think it is supposed to be in the low 80's next week though.

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    1. Thanks! And no kidding, we might miss summer all together!

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  3. I think that is the cutest shrug I've seen. It will be nice to have it ready when the cool weather comes back around.

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    1. Thanks! It's nice to have it in a versatile neutral.

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  4. I like that shrug. The proportions seem to be spot-on.

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    1. Thanks! It's an odd-looking garment when it's on the hanger!

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  5. You look amazing in this outfit.

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  6. I was going to make that shrug this autumn but am now concerned about the sleeve fit as my arms are not large but not slender either, maybe I will make a massive size!! The dress is a great success, I think it looks lovely on you without alteration. It looks like a great combination of shape and comfort, very hard to find!

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    1. I'd think you'd probably be fine just basting the sleeve seams and trying for fit, and then using some of the seam allowance if necessary. I didn't do that, obviously, but another 1-2 cm width would have made all the difference.

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