Oval Shawl Collar Sweater: Ideas, please?!


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Oval Shawl Collar Sweater: a one-piece garment

A year or so ago I saw this cool “shawl collar sweater” which is very simple in its construction: an oval of felted wool with two arm holes cut into it and a button to keep it closed in front. It sounded so simple, so I started making it a year ago to wear during a chilly Me-Made-May ’13 (though not as chilly as Me-Made-May ’14 has been).

Oval Shawl Collar Sweater: a one-piece garment

I already had a piece of wool that I’d accidentally felted, so I folded it into quarters…

Oval Shawl Collar Sweater: a one-piece garment

…and cut is as instructed.

However, the same thing happened as when I made another simple one-piece no-sew garment, the rectangle vest: despite following the instructions, it just didn’t fit me correctly. So something that should have been incredibly simple became much more complex. I ended up trimming the oval down and cutting out two triangles of fabric on the sides to make side seams. But I didn’t have time to finish it up and on my last day of Me-Made-May ’13 I ended up wearing it with just a pin to keep it closed.

Oval Shawl Collar Sweater: a one-piece garment

The next day I hung up the sweater, and put the fabric scraps in my to-do pile with the idea of making rosettes to embellish it with, and there they stayed for the next year. Fast forward to this year’s Me-Made-May. The weather’s been truly chilly. Last year we got some nice days and I did manage to wear sandals sometimes, but this year I only just started to wear them the other day. And I’m finding that I don’t have many me-made garments for in-between weather. That, and the fact that I’m reorganizing my sewing area and have decided to tackle my massive to-do pile, made me decide to finally finish this sweater. (And wear it with the same refashioned skirt and leggings as last year.)

 Oval Shawl Collar Sweater: a one-piece garment

I’d wanted to cover a button with wool, but the fabric was too thick to work properly in the covered button tool*, so I just used one from my stash. The button was also too big for my automatic button hole foot (and it hadn’t occured to me to buy a regular larger button hole foot for my new machine) so I just cut a slit in the two layers of wool and whipstitched around the cut to keep the layers together. Then I made three rosettes from fabric scraps. (I’m thinking of making a tutorial for these super easy flowers. Would you be interested in it?)

Oval Shawl Collar Sweater: a one-piece garment

I ended up moving the button lower because the back bunched up too much with it up higher as I’d originally placed the pin last year. Alas, the shape is not particularly flattering on me, killing what few femmine curves I have. I’m not totally happy with this garment, but I’m not really sure what else to do with it.

Question of the day: What do you guys think? Should I keep it as it is or dump it and use the fabric for something else? (But what?) I’d love any ideas you guys may have for me! Thank you!

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  1. I think it looks very elegant on you. Wear it with pride. And yes teach us how to make those flowers, they are the prettiest fabric flowers I have seen.

    • Oh, thank you, Susan! Ok, I will try to get my butt in gear for the flower tutorial. Despite being incredibly simple to make them, it might not be so easy to show well in pictures, so I just might have to make my first video… eek!


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