Isabel Marant-Inspired Sweater!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well and that those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday! One of the best things about sewing is that you can take an idea and make it your own. You know, when you see something and like it, but wish it was just a little bit different? The idea from this came from a sweater from Isabel Marant’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection. I loved the colorblocking, particularly in grey and brown. It looks really cool together and is a fun alternative to the black and brown combos I’ve been seeing lately in fashion spreads. I thought about knitting my own version of this sweater, but I didn’t really like the chunkiness of the yarn (you KNOW you’d be sweating wearing that thing!). Instead I decided to find sweater knits to sew my own version!

Inspiration: Isabel Marant, Pre-Fall 2014

I’d hoped to find some rustic sweater knits to closely mimic the inspiration image, but when I saw these gorgeous wool jerseys at Mood Fabrics NYC, I scooped them up instead. They’re nearly identical in weight and feel, which seemed important for colorblocking, and the colors are really nice. Yay! (Check out Mood’s selection of wool jerseys here… they’re fantastic!).

I used my go-to raglan pullover pattern, Papercut Patterns’ Undercover Hood (minus the hood!) and tweaked it to add the contrast yoke detail. I dropped a straight line 5″ down from center front and then squared over to the side seam. I matched this to the side seam on the back piece and then squared over to center back so the yokes would line up. Easy!

I love sewing with wool jersey… it’s stable and easy to sew, and responds to the iron more than most knits. I sew it with a zigzag stitch and a ballpoint needle, and it doesn’t require much babying at all. I love the extra bit of warmth you get from wool, and I like that it’s a classic, dressier alternative to regular jersey. It’s perfect for your fall wardrobe!

My finished sweater isn’t an exact replica of the inspiration garment, but it’s really wearable and is just my style! Plus, it’s much more affordable than Isabel’s version, which is out of my price range until she decides to make me her muse and pay me in clothes! ;)

Do you guys like to make your own versions of designer garments? Any recent makes along these lines? What’s on your sewing machine?

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Comments


  • Lori
    December 1, 2014

    I love that sweater, beautifully done!

    • Ginger
      December 1, 2014

      Thanks, Lori!

  • Amy
    December 1, 2014

    I like how you made this sweater your own by changing up the fabrics from the original. I could imagine wearing that sweater every day in the colder months! Bravo!

    • Ginger
      December 1, 2014

      I’ve already worn this a shocking number of times in the two weeks or so since I made it!

  • justine
    December 1, 2014

    Very cute!

    • Ginger
      December 1, 2014

      Thank you, Justine! :)

  • Fiona
    December 3, 2014

    Love this Sonja! You’ve really captured the inspiration garment in yours and I bet you’ll get loads of wear out of it. I’m join to have to add wool jersey to my ‘fabrics to sew’ list!

    • Ginger
      December 4, 2014

      Oh, it’s lovely! Warmer and beefier than regular knits, and a breeze to sew! You’ve got to try it!

  • Amanda
    December 3, 2014

    So true – I also always admire chunky sweaters on models but I know on my bust it’d look atrocious haha!!

    How do you find the wool knits from Mood? Are they soft enough to wear against the skin or do they need underthings? ^_^ I made the Undercover Hood in a thin merino jersey which is quite comfortable for the first few hours but gets a bit picky when body heat rises LOL.

    • Ginger
      December 4, 2014

      I tend to wear them with a t-shirt underneath (confession time: I do that so I don’t have to wash the sweater as often as I don’t really enjoy hand washing things and I don’t trust the machines at my laundromat not to chew them up), and they are comfortable on my arms where they touch. The wool jerseys I’ve gotten from Mood have been pretty soft. I haven’t tried a true sweater knit, so I can’t speak to those, though.

  • Fran Giacobbe
    December 8, 2014

    Very nice interpretation of your inspiration piece.