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!
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?