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Manequim draped collar sweater

30 January 2012, 15:34

There came a point about midway through the construction of this where it suddenly dawned on me that I was creating my second draped collar sweater with pieced sleeves of the month. Clearly the sweater knits in my stash were calling out to me, and I’m naturally drawn to drapey styles. Though I really must remember when I’m in fabric stores that 2m really isn’t enough for long sleeves and a big collar!

This the Michael Kors-inspired, collared sweater from the June 2011 Manequim magazine. Last week I showed you details on the construction of the various pieces and altering the size “Small” pattern to my basic knit tee pattern.

The only problem was, when I was laying out the pattern pieces onto my awesome, ex-Versace sweater knit from Ditto in Brighton I realised that yet again, I didn’t have enough fabric to lay out the sleeves without piecing them, argh! I didn’t want to back down since I’d tried to use this fabric for something else last winter, but 2m of a really narrow fabric really limits your possibilities. So I carried on, introducing two seams in the lower arms. Frankly, sleeves tend to bunch up so much around the sleeves that I find the seams kinda get lost visually around that area anyway.

In the end, I was forced to cut the collar on the bias simply because the fabric was too narrow to place it on the cross grain!

You can finally see this sweater worn with my recent grey flannel trousers as intended, but also with my new l-o-v-e, Max Factor Lasting Lip Tint in “06 Royal Plum” (I’m so buying more in other shades!).

Here’s the side and back views:

I really love this big, floppy, warm draped collar. On first glance, it looks really similar to the collar on Paco’s draped collar tunic, but the pieces are entirely different shapes, and you can see that the collar layers overlap here, so that in the centre front, there’s actually four layers on the collar side!

I already mentioned the pieced sleeve, but when laying out the extra sleeve pieces, I was down to such tiny scraps that I couldn’t quite make the full sleeve length even with piecing. I ended up with a funny shaped sleeve hem, and I figured I’d either trim it back or even it out somehow when I first tried it on.

But as a happy accident, I actually really like the sleeves this long, and the cutaway at the inner wrist just means the sleeve flares nicely over my hands. In order to keep this, I had to leave the raw edge visible, so to make it look more intentional, I left the main hem of the sweater raw, too. This knit is in no danger of unravelling, so I think it really works here*.

And finally, a nice full-length shot for you!

Coming up this week: The February KnipMode and…. my Burda February dress!! Oh yes!

* Yes, I totally understand the sewer’s compulsion to never, ever leave anything looking unfinished! It was a hard decision to make!

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  1. Great grey combo hun! That neckline is really different from the typical draped cowl necks on regular patterns – suits you well too.
    P.S. Forgot to say on your trouser post – love what you did with the flannel fabric :)

    — Claire (aka Seemane)    Jan 30, 05:33 PM    #
  2. Good job on getting it all in. The sleeves are great and certainly no one will know that they are a happy accident. Love the pop of color your shoes give your tonal gray. Great sweater.

    Nancy Karpen    Jan 30, 05:57 PM    #
  3. Great grey combo hun! That neckline is really different from the typical draped cowl necks on regular patterns – suits you well too.
    P.S. Forgot to say on your trouser post – love what you did with the flannel fabric :)

    Claire (aka Seemane)    Jan 30, 06:07 PM    #
  4. i really like this top, all those little details, the sleeves… yeah!!
    I think i will try to find out this magazine…

    Blanche Neige    Jan 31, 01:47 AM    #
  5. I really like the sleeve detail. And you can’t go wrong with a big collar.

    Catherine Daze    Jan 31, 07:36 AM    #
  6. That’s a great outfit – this style looks really good on you! I love the pieced sleeves. The fit on both the sweater and trousers is great, too.

    Isabelle    Jan 31, 08:54 AM    #
  7. It looks really cool on you. I especially like the V of the collar, where it’s attached. And the grey – I too love grey.

    alice    Jan 31, 09:40 AM    #
  8. Wow, what a fantastic outfit! The cowl is lovely, unusual crossover detail.

    Tamsin W-P    Jan 31, 11:36 AM    #
  9. I love it, it looks so cosy! I am scouring magazines for a hoodie pattern at the moment and I think this grey with a pop of colour in the hood/lining would be very nice indeed :D

    Jill    Jan 31, 03:11 PM    #
  10. Love it! I plan to make the same thing, but it is published in la Mia Boutique, i don’t know which issue, it is republished in Shik Russian magazine. The tech drawing is the same, only it is a dress, #9.Click here http://modanews.ru/files/images/29374.Shick.Boutiqe.2012.02.mod.01.jpg

    Did you know that you can preview Knip Mode online? I just found out that, posted it on my blog.

    MySummerTouch    Feb 1, 06:07 AM    #
  11. Beautiful top. The collar drapes very nicely. Looks like a great wardrobe staple.

    senaSews    Feb 1, 12:33 PM    #
  12. Love this sweater and the short bangs are totally working for you. On most people I do not dig because they look so twee, but they really suit your face. Also, so jealous of your lipstick!!!! I wore Max Factor long wear lipstick for about 7 years but the entire brand was discontinued in the States about 18 months ago.

    The Slapdash Sewist    Feb 1, 09:37 PM    #
  13. Wow, really lovely. It’s nice to see a unique take on the cowl neck.

    Joy    Feb 6, 12:38 AM    #
  14. HI Melissa, where do you get your material? Sometimes I see you refer to online shops (like for this lovely grey Manequim sweater) but do you go to shops in London? If so, which ones? I live in London.

    — Diane in London    Jul 23, 08:03 PM    #

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