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« on: March 17, 2006 05:47:08 AM »


Does anyone have a tut or pattern suggestion?  I am a beginner so it will have to be pretty detailed.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006 09:11:51 PM »

You might PM j_en.  She just made me a beautiful shrug for the fat girl swap and she has a pattern, or directions or something. 

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006 03:46:57 PM »


I used a pattern - Butterick 6534, as seen here: http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B6534=x&TI=10003&page=5.

I was lucky enough to get this pattern, plus another identical one in a children's size, in a clearance.  Because there's several variations on shrugs and you are a beginner sewer I'd suggest you look closely at the pattern before you buy.  The one I used was just one piece, so you didn't have the hassle of setting in sleeves (which can be tedious with flimsy and/or sheer fabrics).  The Torrid one that you like has set in sleeves, which would mean in that see-through fabric you've got to get the armholes neat (not impossible - I've done it, but it can be frustrating for beginners).  That was why I liked the Butterick pattern.  My scanner has gone all wibbly on me, so here's the best I can do:
The advantage of just one piece was that I could use a patterned fabric (I was reconstructing from a thrift store wrap which had colours that I wanted) and adjust it to get good symmetry from the pattern, which can be trickier if you've got 3 pieces to put together.  Here's a photo to show what I mean:
.  I thought it was cool to get such a dramatic pattern lined up like this but it was much easier to do with a single pattern piece!
From the front:

The one you like has ties in front - they would be really, really easy to draft onto your pattern - just adjust the pattern piece to suit what you are adding or adjusting and this pattern is simple enough for you to get brave and just freehand it.  If I ever have time to sew again (Uni work is killing me) I want to try versions with fringes, bell sleeves and perhaps something dramatic that kind of drapes down at the back like a bit of a cape or something.  I might try these variations on the children's version so my daughter can enjoy the proceeds!
A note on the flimsy fabrics - your pattern will include pieces intended as a guide for making bias binding (something you do to flimsies to make neat edges).  If you are a real novice or are pushed for time, just buy a package of bias binding - you can get matte or satin finishes and they save you bucketloads of time!

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