Today I thought I’d take you through my thought process of buying the fabric and getting round to making the thing. Yes, it happens. Mostly.
So normally when I buy fabric, if I’m with friends they also admire and encourage me to indulge in the most beautiful yardage. When I bought my gorgeous green furry goodness, we were enjoying a lock-in at our local emporium Anglian Fashion Fabrics.
I fell in love at first sight and although we all loved it everyone said ” What would you make?” I saw a jumper. Warm, fluffy, soft and such a funky jumper. Oh yes this would be fabulous.
As I bundled it up and carried it to the counter my friends admired my bolt (where else could I use that phrase without further connotations) and then Jim Henson came up. Yes, I might well look like a muppet but I’ve never let anything like that stop me in my tracks before…maybe I should have once or twice.
Once home I perused my patterns to see if I had anything that would work or if I needed to indulge in the right pattern. With the fur I felt it needed a raglan sleeve to make the most of the texture. This cut most of my patterns out but the Hey June Lane Raglan was a good fit for me, it’s slightly shaped into the waist without being fitted and having used it a few times I knew it’d come together really easily. I thought I wanted a cropped boxy jumper (I’d squared off the side seams) but when trialling in some fleece I decided on something a little more fitted and maaaybe a little longer.
Health and Safety note.
As with all furry/fluffy/velvety fabrics I wore a face mask whilst I was cutting and working with this. The fibres are very fine and are very easy to breath in. If you have any respiratory issues please use a mask. Also, it gets EVERYWHERE. Use a lint roller/ sticky tape and clean as you go to avoid it traveling around the house.
I went back to the original shaping. I squared off the hem and left off the hood, I so missed a trick there. I could have had ears and googly eyes galore. Maybe next time…
I put side splits in, like those of the Toaster sweater so that the fabric didn’t have to stretch too much when I was sitting down or moving about to much. Although this fur is on a knitted back it doesn’t have much stretch. I used the ponte-roma I’d bought on the same evening to t-shirt hem the neck to give a nice smooth neckline.
Over all I’m quite pleased with the end result. I’ve had lots of lovely comments when I’ve worn it or had it displayed and not so many muppet vibes. I think I like shimmery mermaid best.
What do you think? Muppet or Mermaid…