Finally got my Seamwork Oslo sweater.
I got this crazy fabric during my NYC trip to Mood Fabrics. It’s something else seeing that store in person. It’s not that it’s huge, by like square footage standards, but holy crap they pack a lot in there. The employees are awesome. They remind me of 80s club days where the club workers would be doing cardio on an olympic level to keep up with the crowd, running around in black t-shirts, giving out a swatch here and there. I really got a sense of how much product I miss out on by only being able to order online.
This is an Italian wool blend by Theory. Ka-ching. I bought 3 yards and that was pretty much my entire fabric budget. Totally worth it. I can’t find any Theory garments online in this fabric, but it’s a base knit, with the chunky wool woven on top, in the round, and every 2.5 yards or so, has stripes…so a large panel. I suspect the base knit is like a cotton or cotton blend? The top woven is the wool blend with either angora or an acrylic-like angora….it sheds like angora.
I waited for the Oslo pattern hack. I really wanted a walk through on hacking in the sleeves. This fabric was to remain a wearable blanket for me. I hacked the sleeves, but then I really really didn’t like the shorter sleeves, and I certainly didn’t like all the chunky hems. So I kept hacking. I cut the sleeves, then re-added them longer with a 4″ facing, so keep them neat and cuff-able.
I tinkered with the idea of lining it but that was getting away from my blankie idea, so let it go. I did make a belt – which was a bitch to turn right-side out, so no belt loops.
It’s perfectly warm and snuggly.
and very blankie
I serged the whole thing together, then serged the hem and cuff hems before I hand slip-stitched them up. After seeing all the various Oslos online, I really didn’t want to ruin this fabric with a visible hemline. No offense out there – just not my thing.
I’m sure on a less OMFG-how-much-did-I-just-spend-fabric, I’ll be less picky!!