The hug-me-tight experiment

hug me tight

Folks, I’m not sure what to call this garment I’ve been experimenting with this week. I’ve seen it called a hug-me-tight but does it have another name? Some sort of shrug?

The cutting concept is very simple and can easily be zero waste:

Zero waste fashion hug me tight

John Galliano did a very glamorous brocade hug-me-tight for Dior spring/summer 1998.

Hug me tight, John Galliano version

I found some knitted examples in Grandma’s (very old, fragile, pre-WW2) knitting books:

Hug me tight from Grandma's knitting book 1
This one is called a Lady’s bed wrap. Seems to be a popular thing for bed jackets.
Hug me tight from Grandma's knitting book 2 shoulder wrap
Here’s another one called a Shoulder wrap.

As a variation, a square can be sewn to the front to make a top. Here’s a knitted example by Sarah Hatton.

Hug me tight variation

So, how big or small should the piece be cut? Square or rectangle? I had some double knit that my mum gave me – some big pieces left from something she’d made.

I began by cutting the biggest piece into a rectangle 38.5″ x 31.5″. Mine will be much less voluminous that John Galliano’s! I pinned the sides together to leaving 7″ long slits for my arms, and tried it on (carefully).

Hug me tight, modelled by me
Hug me tight, flat

The fronts don’t quite meet in the middle on me, making it sort of a bolero, and I was unsure how to finish the edges other than a small hem.

Amongst the smaller pieces, there were some long triangles. I trimmed up four of them and used them to make a front band.

Hug me tight triangle piece, flat
Hug me tight triangle pieces pinned to make band, flat
Hug me tight with bands, flat

Hmm, it’s okay.

The reality is I’ll never wear a cardigan with short or three-quarter length sleeves, so I cut two pieces to make sleeves to insert into the slits. They weren’t long enough so I added cuffs.

Hug me tight sleeve pieces, flat
Hug me tight sleeve pinned together, flat

There’s only a few tiny scraps of the fabric left. This is the cardigan pinned together, and that’s as far as I got. The sleeves were successful.

Hug me tight with bands and sleeves, flat

Any thoughts? I think it’s got potential.

To be continued……


  1. Michelle Shaffer on March 18, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I have seen similar wraps called ‘cocoon’ wraps. This would be elegant made up in a sheer print under a sheath type dress I think!

    • lizhaywood on March 18, 2019 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks for the tip – just had a look at some. Yes, it would be very elegant!

  2. Chiggy Schiller on March 19, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I like your idea of this shrug. Also, I liked what you did for the front band and adding the sleeve. I think Sarah Hutton’s idea is worth exploring. If I were to try what you’re doing, I want to add more length at the back hem, and want to do something about for the collar. I’m looking forward to seeing your next step!


    • lizhaywood on March 19, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for your thoughts, Chiggy. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. I’m liking the sleeves and front band although I feel it’s too short for me. I have no more fabric but I would like to try it in a different fabric and different proportions. Cheers!

  3. Jacqueline on March 19, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Fascinating – please do show the ongoing development!!

    • lizhaywood on March 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Cheers, Jacqueline.

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