I guess I'm really slow at the gate when it comes to sewing for the seasons! I always find myself either starting at the end of a season or I missed it altogether! I'm going to try hard to get some winter things created that I'd really like to have! For starters, sweaters...I don't have any NICE winter type sweaters and cardi's! So that's where I started. I saw this really cute shrug on TV while watching Giada on Everyday Italian (I love watching cooking shows!). I quickly grabbed my phone and snapped a photo right off the TV! I do this often too, because inspirations are all around us and you have to be ready right?! Here's the snapshot of the shrug...
I thought it was such a cute shrug and would be a great staple in my wardrobe for some of those sleeveless or short sleeve tops during the winter months.
...and I happen to have a pattern in my stash that I made a few years back that would work perfectly! McCalls 5983...
Unfortunately, I believe this pattern is currently OOP. but if you still have it in your stash, it's worth pulling it out again! Now when I checked my fabric stash, I had this nice sweater fabric in a dark charcoal grey. It's a blend of acrylic/wool/rayon and I believe I purchased it from Mood Fabrics some time ago. Turns out, this was the perfect pairing of fabric and pattern!
I did make a couple of design changes to the pattern. The first change was to drop the front by 3". I liked the look of the one Giada was wearing and since I had already made this patterm before, I knew it was going to be a bit higher in the front than I wanted. The change worked and made the front so much more stylish!
The second change was "rounding" the hemline in the back. The look appealed to me more than it being straight across. This was a very quick sew...it literally took me 2 hours of sewing time! I really like this shrug and see another being made before the winter ends!
Now it's time to run to the kitchen and start my Turkey Day meal! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to read my posts! I truly appreciate each and every one of you and wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!