Necessity is definitely the mother of invention! This tutorial is based on my need to convert some of my summer pieces into fall/winter wear. It's a shrug you wear inside your clothes! More and more, I am trying not to have this dichotomy between summer and fall and have my wardrobe reflect a smooth transition rather than a break. Too philosophical?
Anyway, here's the pattern I made from a New York Times paper page. I buy the paper all the time, read it, and then save it to cut it up for patterns. Am I the only one who does this?
Well, here it is, it's a very simple pattern:
|Cut and paste this pattern and enlarge based on your measurements|
|Place on fold of fabric. Use pins or weights to hold down pattern in place. These are ankle weights that I should be exercising with, lol.|
|This is what it looks like after cutting.|
|Open it up and this is what you'll have|
|Unite top and botom points on each side|
|Cut a 36 in. long and 2 1/2 in. wide strip. Add the two ends of the strip and stitch|
|Now fold width-wise uniting seam allowance|
|This is how it will look from the outside|
|Iron, imprinting the fold on fabric|
|Pin to opening of shrug, raw edge to raw edge. I always pin top, bottom, left, and right and then ease and stretch the binding to fit the opening.|
|I like to serge all the seams but if you do not have a serger, you can zig zag stitch or just do a regular double stitch for durability.|
Now I will show you how I use my "underneath clothes" sleeve shrug.
|This is a summer top I made a while ago that I absolutely love and would love to wear in the winter showing off the color block, without covering it with a sweater.|
|Here's my little underneath sleeve shrug|
|Voila! I have a nice seudo winter top|
|This is what it looks like without anything over it. Here, it is paired with a sleeveless/strapless jumpsuit. It's a little too bare for me but you can wear it like this too.|
|From the back|
|With a knitted vest. You have three layers going on; jumpsuit, sleeve shrug, and the vest|
|I like it this way the best! I love layers. |
So grab your stretchy fabric and scissors. This is a super easy project that really goes a long way in "stretching" your wardrobe. If you have questions, please leave a comment or e-mail me.