01 Oct Bring on the Bouclé!
Do you fall for fashion trends or do you aspire to classics?
When I was asked to participate in Style Maker Fabrics’ Fall Blog Tour, I selected this nubby cotton bouclé sweater knit. The bouclé, categorized under Trend Proof Neutrals, is a classic, leading me to create a traditional garment that I’ll wear forever 😉
It’s vanilla and winter white base laced with beige and black represent my favorite cold weather neutrals, and the 10% stretch made it perfect for McCall’s 6844, a cardigan pattern I’ve sewn before (blogged here).
I love this pattern because it is fitted fairly closely and accommodates heavier fabrics beautifully. I suppose I could have made it trendier by adding more length to make a sweater coat or embellishing the sleeves, but this wonderful fabric deserves to be worn regularly, and by keeping it classic, it will be.
I had a little bouclé left over which I wasn’t about to put in the scrap pile……… How fun is this?
It’s Style Arc’s Esme Top.
I’m loving the bias cut turtleneck with the split back.
I questioned whether the bouclé was too heavy for this style, and it might have been had I sewn the version with long sleeves, but I found it ideal for the sleeveless – in October – in South Carolina!
Since I gravitate towards the classics, I omitted the pattern’s high-low hem…….. Maybe this should read, if I was 6 inches taller I would have sewn the high-low hem 😉
Bouclé is one of the most forgiving fabrics to sew. Topstitching sinks into the fabric, narrow hems clipped to the stitching look perfectly finished, and it is extremely supple for a heavier fabric.
Many thanks to Style Maker Fabrics for including me in its Fall Blog Tour – the tour continues tomorrow with Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs!
Have a good one!
** Fabric provided by Style Maker Fabrics