My warm, cuddly, soft wool jersey sweater is done and I so love it. It just feels so cozy on. It is Simplicity 2313, a versatile little jacket pattern with all sorts of varied collars and sleeves. It has shoulder princess seams, the better to fit, and they finish in the side seam, not at the hem. If you are not an hourglass and want to be , this pattern will definitely give you that sillouette.
There is a peplum at the back which while not bias, flares out just the right amount.
I didn't think the tucks in the ruffle would look right but I think you will agree, they really do and I am glad I kept that pattern detail.
- First, the pattern was "petited" as in the tute in the side bar.
- Reshaped the princess seam from the apex to the shoulder for my narrow upper chest.
- The sleeve was given an additional two inches width in the upper arm area. It was also tapered in two inches at the hemline. The sleeve pattern basically is a rectangle. My new altered sleeve was wider at the top and narrowed as it got to the bottom hem. I actually like wearing the sleeves rolled or pushed up, that wrist hangup I have.
- Shortened the sleeve length.
- Added an inch to hips.
My second day of working on the sweater was my second day of a burning sore throat and hacking cough. By mid afternoon I realized I was surrounded by the tiniest powdery red wool fibers everywhere. Could that be it? After a night of hacking and burning, I sewed the sweater the third day with a mask on and major improvement. As soon as I was done it was time to totally vacuum every nook and cranny of the cave and wash it all down. I have been getting better ever since. The red powder was pervasive. That has never happened to me with any other project I have sewn. I may have itched a bit with the fur and a cough or two but nothing like this.....Bunny