A year or so ago I started to sew and put together a small date night capsule consisting of a few dressy separates. I’d previously made a unilateral decision (lol!) that hubby and I should be going out more often on regular date nights. I decided our social life was somewhat lacking and so we made a point of dining out together regularly and then we found a fab and snazzy local gastropub. On a Saturday they have a dress code and there is quite a glam vibe going on. I love an opportunity to dress up and the food is fabulous too so it’s fast become our favourite place to go to.
I love that I can put on something fancier and a pair of heels, and this ruffle hem sweater makes a great addition to my ‘going out’ capsule. I actually made it a while ago and have only just decided to blog about it… such is a bloggers life eh?
The main fabric in my sweater is a lovely soft, slightly fuzzy and lightweight acrylic and wool blend sweater knit that I got from Truro Fabrics in the UK. Sadly, it’s not available anymore. I can’t recall where the sheer georgette came fom…hmm…perhaps could have been Truro too? When I bought the fabric I ordered about 3 metres and the first sweater I made can be seen in this post. I also have one more cut out and ready to sew into a cropped style very soon.
So, as the title says my top is a DIY and by that, I mean that I pretty much self-drafted/designed it myself. It’s quite straightforward to do and I’ll go into my process for you…
Your starting point is any basic, fairly fitted, long-sleeved top pattern. I would guess that most sewists have something suitable in their pattern stash. My particular pattern is one that I rubbed off a long-sleeved tee shirt a few years ago and it’s formed the base of many of my tops. In fact, my pattern is pretty dog-eared now and I’m planning to re-draw it onto some manilla pattern card for something more permanent. I have a few more old and much-used patterns that I need to do the same for…never enough hours in the day are there???
I only made a couple of very simple changes to the body pieces of the pattern before adding the ruffle. The first was to change the round neck into a slightly asymmetrically shaped one and the other was to angle the hemline. See photo:
My neckline has a narrow bias binding sewn using some of the georgette ruffle fabric and the sleeve hems are literally just overlocked and machined up.
Onto the double ruffles next and what I did, first of all, was to draw my initial pattern shapes like this:
Then each piece has to be slashed almost all the way through at regular intervals and spread out. I didn’t spread my pattern too much because I didn’t want a very
Once the side seams of each ruffle were sewn up (I actually decided to have a slit one side) I hemmed them before I attached them to my sweater just because I found it easier to handle.
You could use whatever method you like to hem the ruffles, but I made roll hems on my overlocker and I set the differential feed to stretch as I stitched
After I finished doing the hemming, I just basted my ruffles together along the top edges and then attached them to the bottom of my sweater. And that’s it…done! Fun for a date night don’t you think?
In other news, I did my Summer/Winter wardrobe switcheroo yesterday (you may have read about it in my IG post) and as I hung up my Winter skirts I came to the conclusion that I’m going to be struggling to combine my tops with some of them as there are too many random colours. All of a sudden I find myself craving more neutrals. I have a few more amongst my Summer-y wear, so I need to make sure that my cold weather clothes play together more harmoniously. I think it may be a slight style shift actually. I’m wanting more texture and subtle tones and a smidge less colour. Food for thought…
Do you like to switch out between seasons? I haven’t got the room for all seasons of clothing in my closet, but to be honest I rather like putting out-of-season stuff away because I get to look at it all with fresh eyes when I change things back again and often donate or add pieces, which can only be a good thing as it helps keep my wardrobe fresh and my look updated.
With that thought, I’ll sign off now. See you soon! xx
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