Here is the result of a project that was completely executed by the "seat of my pants" method. I had bought this mystery wool from an overstashed soul on ebay for a song, and found the original color difficult. It was a light aqua...lovely color just a little too pastel. I didn't like the finish on the fabric either...it made the wool look like a synthetic. Indeed it is wool as I was able to "full" it if not completely felt it. We call it "baconizing" aroung here...I turned a lovely wool gauze wrap into a strip of "bacon" by felting it in the kitchen sink. Bacon scarf So for fun I added the cashmere and silk fried egg.
At a late hour I remembered I had a bottle of teal Rit and tossed it all into the tub before retiring nervously. Several hours later in the wee hours of the morning I stirred and rinsed. I think the handling of several yards of wet fabric set things in motion for my unstable lower back to "go out", which it did and now I'm several days out of work and taking out my frustrations by sewing.
You'd think I would have a simple hoody pattern somewhere in my stack of Burda's...but no. I knew this one existed in envelope form but I was in too much agony to drive to the store. I ended up at Burda's German site and found that they sell the paper Burda patterns through download ...and all in German. Burda directions suck anyway!
By the time I'd got to the part about the flat sleeve construction I totally forgot about the directions and decided to line it anyway. The cut is mannish...not for the pear shaped. I should think it would be a great unisex pattern. The hood was Giant, and I shaved off 2.5" off the top. Even after reducing the shoulders the 42 I cut is plenty wide through the upper body but just right at the hips. The lining fabric is some of my beloved A M Horner Turn of Events, which I have made every imaginable thing out of. The sleeves are lined in a minty bemberg for slip, with an extra wide facing for the rolled up effect you see in the photo.
In the end I'm reasonably pleased and feeling as though I finally beat this "rescue" fabric into submission. It's an OK pattern.
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