Last week’s hug-me-tight experiment has taken an unexpected turn. You can read about the adventure so far here.
This is the cutting concept I started with:
I felt that the maroon double knit hug-me-tight that I was experimenting with was too short (it finished at my waist), although the sleeves were good and the collar was okay. It looked okay as a shrug/bolero.
I have since been trying out some other fabrics and wondered if I’ve been “overthinking” the simplicity of the hug-me-tight. I also pondered last week’s comment by Michelle Shaffer about sheer fabrics.
Here’s some other hug-me-tights in different fabrics (these are fabrics I already had, just pinned together).
This is a piece of white cotton fabric I plan to make a shirt with one of these days. I had thought it might look like I was wrapped in a bed sheet but actually it looks a bit sculptural.
Here’s a skirt length of tartan wool. Again, it didn’t look as unwearable as I thought it would. It falls somewhere in between wearing Viv Westwood and wearing a picnic blanket. I could match those checks if I tried.
A sheer version, using cream 100% polyester. I don’t mind it, it’s certainly elegant.
So, in conclusion, I would say
- bigger is better – smaller looks too skimpy unless you’re aiming for a shrug/bolero look
- the most important dimension is the centre back length
- almost any fabric works…knits, sheers, wools, cottons etc
- keep it simple
The maroon double knit had a happy ending. I took it apart and re-cut it into a conventional sort of a cardigan with a zip front.