Armani Wool Knit

If this is wool then I’d like to be a sheep in my next life….
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After taking time off to promote The Tunic Bible, it’s w o n d e r f u l to be blogging for the Mood Sewing Network again :)

Happy New Year !!!!

I wanted to be prepared for South Carolina’s annual one-inch snowstorm, and ordered this fabulous Armani Oxford wool knit. When it arrived I reviewed my order to check the content of this smooth knit fabric.

Was it really wool? What kind of conditioner did this sheep use? Honestly, the texture feels so soft like cotton, but it’s warm like wool.

I couldn’t resist giving this soft, lightweight wool a chance to keep me warm, and selected McCall 6802 View B to sew.

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The back of the knit is a lighter color than the front and well-suited for an unlined garment, but it was up to me to give this basic, pattern a finished result. My only snag lie in the pocket placements which were very low and large. I eliminated the pockets all together, and now… noticing how this pattern has no front closures, I think the pockets would be a visual distraction.

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Because this fabric sews very easily, I topstitched all of seams including the hood.

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All of the seams are finished with the serger and the facings are narrow hemmed. After completing the pattern, it looked rather plain, leading me to trim the front opening and the sleeves with faux fur from my stash (a gift from my mother over 20 years ago!).

Finished!

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The thought of sewing knits scares many sewists, but this stable knit sews beautifully and is appropriate for many types of garments. I almost made a dress…. I thought about a cape…. a long Eileen Fisher type vest…… a pullover…..

Fortunately the fur-trimmed hooded cardigan fills a hole in my wardrobe and brings a festive spirit to the dreary winter ahead.

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Best wishes and stay warm!!

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Comments


  • coco
    January 8, 2017

    Really lovely – stay warm!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      January 8, 2017

      Hi Coco! Many thanks ~ looking to warmer temperatures soon :)

  • Margaret Cole
    January 8, 2017

    Another beautiful creation!

  • Jeanne Crockett
    January 8, 2017

    Très chic.

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    January 8, 2017

    I love this! I made up a similar cozy in the fall with a lovely cashmere but I love how you did this faux fur trim! Beautiful around the hood framing your face.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      January 8, 2017

      Thank you, Kathleen! I bet your cashmere sweater is beautiful ;)

  • Sharon
    January 8, 2017

    Welcome back Sarah! Your coat is lovely and the finishing touches really put it over the top. I hear it’s going to be 70 degrees later in the week. It’s 8 degrees in Michigan❄️❄️.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      January 8, 2017

      Thank you, Sharon! I don’t see this sweater working in 8 degree weather, unless your inside sitting by the fire ;) BRRRR!!!

  • Tamara
    January 8, 2017

    So glad to have you back… I did receive your “Tunic Bible for Christmas and can’t wait to use it. I love this upscale jacket. I can’t wait to see your next creation.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      January 8, 2017

      Thank you, Tamara! I’m enjoying sewing whatever strikes my fancy ;) Many thanks also for purchasing The Tunic Bible – look forward to seeing your tunics!!

  • AJW
    January 8, 2017

    Another gorgeous garment, Sarah. Beautiful, simple, and elegant–all the hallmarks of your personal style.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      January 8, 2017

      Many thanks for your sweet comment, AJW :) It’s nice to be back!

  • Karen
    January 8, 2017

    You’re right – the pockets wouldn’t work especially with the fur trim. Lovely coat and welcome back.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      January 8, 2017

      Thank you, Karen! I’ll try the pockets next time with some modifications ;)

  • Lori
    January 8, 2017

    So pretty

  • Goodbye Valentino
    January 8, 2017

    Thank you, Lori!

  • Cissie
    January 9, 2017

    Just fabulous. The addition of the fur makes it extra-special.

  • Fiona
    January 14, 2017

    You look so glamorous in this! I’ve been eyeing up the Armani offerings on the website for a while now, I might have to take the plunge

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 15, 2017

    Thank you, Fiona! It is f i n e fabric :)