I have this pullover/sweater/jumper in the to-do bag for a bit. I had deliberated over a sweater dress, using the scarf to make an extension to the length, or Alabama Chainin inspired shrug/bolero (from scarf) and long skirt (from jumper) As I haven’t really worn the Alabama Chanin makes from earlier in the year it didn’t seem like a practical solution, but what I really need another base-layer with a funnel or polo neck to wear under dresses.
The pullover was a funny shape and size, a bit dated and a bit big, and has a scarf attachment. The fabric is a 60% viscose 20% polyester-something and 20% wool so a nice mix of light and warm and perfect for a base-layer.. I get so cold and a base-layer with a polo, will work under dresses, and over another baselayer (yup, I get that cold), as well as everything else!
The funnel neck pattern I used in September would have been so perfect – except this brown pullover already had raglan sleeves, and I am finding with these remake projects, its better to work with what you have (sounds so obvious but I often forget the properties of the fabric I am working on – and try to make it fit with the vision in my head). I had to draft a proper jersey block as I have been using very old and badly drafted bits of paper for the last while. I then made a raglan block, and decided it may be best to do a raglan round neck and put a roll collar afterward (I had toyed with the idea of continuing up the seam to make it a funnel neck… )
Below is an Alabama Chanin sweater I made in February. Its incredibly warm, but also the fit is not great. I intended to try the idea again but try a boat or scoop neck raglan sleeve as the round neck is a bit restrictive, the upcycle sweater is a thin wool, with cotton jersey under. This was the first Chanin inspired piece I tried, and at the time I was gung-ho on making a dress…. until I did some stitch detail on a stenciled skirt – 2nd Chanin piece – and realised my patience and endurance may not stretch to a dress just yet.