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Pattern Reviews> Japanese Pattern Books> ShapeShape bk 1- #12 (Folded Shrug)

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Posted on:10/29/14 5:27 AM
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Japanese Pattern Books: ShapeShape bk 1- #12 by lamstu  Japanese Pattern Books: ShapeShape bk 1- #12 by lamstu  
Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
Fabric:Cotton Silk  [See other projects in this fabric]
This is from the first ShapeShape book, full of interesting, wearable patterns.

Pattern Description: From the book: "How exactly do I wear this? You may be at a loss at first, before your creative vision kicks in. The seams fall over your shoulders, and the ties are secured behind your neck. Tie them before you slip it on and you're good to go. Let the compliments roll in!"

It goes on over the head, with the front and back connected at the sides of the body by a button and loop on each side, to make a sort of a vest. The ties in the back keep it from slipping off the shoulders. It could also be a shawl if left unbuttoned, or as an infinity cowl, or wrapped twice around as neck scarf.

Pattern Sizing: One size, Japanese. The pin-fitted pattern seemed small. I am medium-sized American person.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing? It looks like the photo of the black shrug in the book.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I needed ALL of the information - photos, drawings, and descriptions. Mademoiselle le DressDummy was invaluable as I draped the pieces over her at EVERY step. The construction points were marked with different colors of thread to help me keep track of things. It would be easy to get lost in the origami, double folded, almost identical pieces.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This shrug is a light layer, ending at the waist, a short length that I like. I had the perfect fabric. Who doesn't like a quick project - two main pattern pieces and about 3 hours to sew, including tracing out the pattern. Dislike that the pattern sheet is not color-coded. Like that the pattern sheet was included with the book! The pattern pieces are not simple rectangles - lending an organic quality to the drape.

Fabric Used: Silk/cotton jacquard purchased locally. The two sides are negative images of each other, in shades of brown/taupe.
Other fabrics I suggest:
* A fabric whose front and back sides are both lovely and different from each other, such as some brocades.
* Cross-dyed fabrics would be fabulous.
* Sew two fabrics together as is shown in one of the samples in the book; the two should be similar in weight and hand. This construction is not explained, but it's not hard to figure out. It has the advantage of hiding all the hems.
* Use a fabric which is the same on both sides for a more subtle effect.
* Double cloth would be another good choice.
Generally, a softly draping fabric seems like the best option, but I have a suspicion it might be interesting in organza. Stay tuned, I may have to run some experiments....

*** I tried a wide stripe and couldn't get the stripes matched across the seams. Maybe a pinstripe might work better...

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
* For fit: I added 2 inches/5 cm to the length of the front piece to add extra girth across the front.
* For finish: I turned the hem allowances so that they sit on the inside of the garment around the neck. This makes the button loops fall on the outside, which is slightly awkward. The garment is so unique that no one will ever guess it's wrong.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes and yes. It would be a great gift. I imagine it for evening wear - the neck opening is quite wide so you needn't muss your hair. It takes only a small amount of material. It would be a great student project - choose a fabric that presses easily.

Conclusion: It will be useful for traveling because it's small and multi-use, and stylish too. I really like this little shrug!
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freshflow said... (11/6/14 1:48 PM) Reply
Classic styling and love your fabric choice!
bigalsgal said... (10/30/14 6:06 AM) Reply
Love this and love your poses..Always looking up! LOVE IT!
Danvillegirl said... (10/30/14 5:15 AM) Reply
Lovely fabric! Nice job with this.
PattyE said... (10/29/14 11:59 PM) Reply
Very cool! And silk/ cotton jacquard...yum.
highroad said... (10/29/14 7:18 PM) Reply
I'm so glad to see your review of this pattern! I've made two patterns from Shape Shape and love them both, and this one has been tempting me. Your version looks great.
goodenough said... (10/29/14 10:56 AM) Reply
The whole outfit looks great.
Vancouvergirl said... (10/29/14 9:50 AM) Reply
I absolutely love it! So unique!
BlueSkysAhead said... (10/29/14 9:27 AM) Reply
This is so cool. Its just so original and creative. Love your fabric choice. Beautiful job.
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