Hello! If you follow me on social media you know I was chosen to be a designer in this years STRUT Fashion Show in Burlington, VT. Super cool, I know. This just simply means I need to sew til my fingers bleed.
When thinking about what I wanted to make for this show, I decided I wanted to make things I'd actually wear on a day to day basis. One thing I really wanted to include was an oversized sweater. As the weather here in Vermont changes, an oversized cowl neck sweater is just what you need.
Here's how to make one!
I'm a fan of using my own clothes as patterns. I hate those flimsy and confusing paper patterns. I bought a Vogue pattern last year to make a faux fur coat. Said "coat" is still in pieces because I can't figure out how the hell it goes together.
On that note, start this project by folding your fabric in half. Lay your sweater on your fabric fold and trace with a marker. I over-traced this sweater because I wanted it oversized, that's why my pink sweater isn't right up to the edge of the fabric. I folded up the pink sweater sleeves because my plan was to make a slight bat wing and maybe add sleeves later.
*I bought 3 yards of this stretchy knit fabric off eBay. I friggin love eBay. You can buy ALMOST anything.
You will need a front and back for your sweater, so cut two pieces like the one below. I used the first piece I cut as the new template for the second piece. Don't forget, the piece below is folded in half.
When you unfold the piece above, it will look like this:
Place your two pieces right sides together and zig zag stitch. Follow the yellow brick road..... or in this case the yellow lines. Leave the arm holes, bottom, and collar unsewn.
This odd shaped piece is the cowl neck. The short end of this will attach to the collar of your sweater. Match the measurement of the cowl and collar. My collar measured approx. 10". So, I knew the short end of the cowl needed to match that 10". I wanted a really drapey feel. The triangular shape will give the cowl many style options.
To attach the cowl neck, start by turning your sweater right side out. Turn your cowl inside out and pull it over your sweater, matching up the collars. Pin in place and zig zag stitch.
As you might be able to tell from the picture below, I put the sewn edge of the cowl to the back of the sweater when I was pinning it in place.
Maybe a giraffe could wear this? It looks super funny, but put it on and you will be totally on fleek! LOL!
Rhea is "guilty" of being totally adorable. Arrest her at once! Check out her handcuff briefcase here!
As you can see, the way the large cowl neck drapes makes this sweater comfortable, cozy, and versatile.
I hope you enjoyed this project! What would you have done differently? What would you wear it with? Leave me a comment here or on social media. I'd love to hear from you.
Thank you much for stopping!
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