The “Winged” Sweater
Fabric: 2 yards medium weight brushed wool jersey with lycra from Mood, $36
First worn: 12/2
Wear again: sure
Time to complete: 4 hours or so
Total cost: $36
Winter is forcing me away from my usual cotton wovens into warmer fabrics. This is the first time I’ve worked with wool jersey. For some reason I was certain I’d ordered 60-inch-wide fabric specifically to make the wrap top pattern I spent an hour putting together. (Stephanie offered the pattern for sale on Craftsy earlier this year. I can’t find it anymore to link, and I suspect it might have a future as a Cake pattern.) When the pattern wouldn’t fit, I assumed I somehow drastically shrank the fabric when I carefully prewashed it by hand. But no, now that I’m checking my facts for this post, I just bought the wrong width. Oops. I got out an A-line skirt pattern with a wide waistband that would fit on the fabric easily, be a cinch to make, and most likely become a wardrobe staple. But I couldn’t summon any excitement for it.
I thought about the dress I’d seen earlier that day when I’d popped into a tiny boutique to get out of the bracing cold for a few minutes between errands. A cape-like jersey dress that looked like a circle skirt worn as a top, with seams for the sleeves and body and the space between stitched together like a quilt. And then I started drawing chalk lines onto my precious jersey and cutting away like I was a different person or something. It was pretty fun. I had a moment when I questioned– I don’t know what I’m doing! It’s just fabric, I told myself, and carried on. I thought I’d already shrunk the crap out of it anyways.
I made the sleeves as long as the fabric would allow and that determined the overall length, shorter than the piece that inspired me but not by much. That was one short dress. The seam placement took a bit of trial and error. Then I pinned the two layers together in the wing section and topstitched. I turned down and stitched the edge of the neck opening but didn’t hem anywhere else.
In the end, my version of this look isn’t overly dramatic. It resembles a normal top in some angles/positions, so I don’t feel too out of my element wearing it. And it’s so cozy and warm, not my last experiment with wool this winter.