Monday, November 6

Flutter Sleeve Hack - Sloane Sweater

I have been wanting to make a sweater with shoulder flutters for ages and the dropped shoulder of the  Sloane Sweater was the perfect candidate for this hack. This is about as warm of clothes as you need living here in the Phoenix valley so I wanted any sweaters I added to my wardrobe this autumn/winter to go above and beyond a generic sweater or hoodie. I wanted some kind of interest and femininity.  Hence - pink, cropped, and flutters! 

The Sloane Sweater by Love Notions is a loose fitting sweater with plenty of options like a back yoke, hood, pockets, banded hem, curved hem, etc., but I made the most basic version for mine so I'd have a blank canvas on which to show case those flutters.

I used muave cotton/spandex french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I just love a good pink and this one is about as good as it gets. Its the perfect weight and texture for this, so fabulously soft and cozy. This fabric is also available in tons of colors in the shop if pink isn't your thing. 

To get a little more interest and femininity in the fit, I sized down 1 size, and shortened it 2 inches. I am 5 foot 8 so to get this length, you may need to shorten more or less than me. Although I sized down, I did not size down the band at the bottom. I usually make a large, but made a medium in this but still used the large band. I decided to do this because I didn't want it pulling the sweater in very much. I preferred it to be almost as wide as the body of the sweater since I was making it cropped and wanted more of a straight fit. 

Then I just drafted my own little shoulder flutter! I just redrew the curve of the sleeve cap to be twice as wide as the original sleeve opening and much more shallow. Then I drew a straight line about 1 centimeter down from armpit to armpit to make it essentially a very wide, shallow, short sleeve. Then I gathered it up and basted it to the sleeve, then sewed the sleeve to the bodice like normal. It worked really well but the flutter was too long, especially at the top of the shoulder, for the style I was going for so I trimmed it back to this length after it was already all sewn in.

The end result is a sweater I'm obsessed with, with all the style and femininity I wanted while still having the practicality of a sweater! Pretty sure everyone needs one of these in their closet. This pattern is packed with options and can also be hacked to your hearts content so be sure to check out everyone else on the tour this week for lots more inspiration!

1 comment:

  1. That color looks amazing on you! I love the sweet little flutter, too. Just the right amount for a feminine, but not girlish look.


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