Monday, November 26, 2012

Tanit-Isis Vintage Shrug

So, after the teaser on Saturday, were you dying to know where you can get your hands on this adorable shrug pattern for yourself? I suspect many of you actually recognized it. 
My failed attempt to look as cool as Tanit-Isis. At least you can see the drapey sleeve.
The pattern is from the lovely and talented Tanit-Isis, and is available for free on her blog. I know, how awesome is that?! Click here for the pattern.
I made this out of a houndstooth burnout knit from FabricMart. Since the pattern only has one seam , matching the "stripe" of the houndstooth was effortless as long as your layout was on grain. the edges are all finished with self-fabric bands, which makes for a very easy and quick make. From printing to wearing this took me about 2 hours, but that includes some kvetching about what fabric I wanted to use.
The shrug fastens with a button on the neckband. The pattern calls for a buttonhole, but this knit was way too thin to support a buttonhole well, so I just used an elastic loop. Isn't the button pretty? It is vintage glass and seemed appropriate for this.
The only trouble I has was that this knit isn't particularly stretchy and I should have taken that into account and made my front band a bit longer to compensate. I have some rippling around there that isn't very attractive up close. I'm pretty sure it isn't going to stop me from wearing this though.
I did make one alteration to the pattern, which was to lengthen the sleeves. I generally like a 3/4 sleeve personally, but I wanted to wear this over long sleeves. I just extended the sleeve length to the full width of the fabric, tapering in to the wrist. I love how snug this sleeve is, although in my not very stretchy knit, it is a little tricky to get the band over my hand. Live and learn. The 3/4 length wouldn't have this problem, even in a particularly stable knit, and the style is unfitted enough that the stretch isn't needed for fit. So, this was a trail of the pattern, and I intend to use it for a lovely soft mohair knit my mother sent me. I'm not sure that I want to finish the edges with the bands in that fabric, so I may play with some different finishes. I'll keep you posted with what works for me.

9 comments:

  1. Oh, so exciting! I'm glad you like it. :D I've heard the large size has essentially full length sleeves---I wasn't sure how much the length should increase with grading since there's no shoulder seam.

    The mohair sounds divine, I can't wait to see it.

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  2. It looks great on you! The fabric you chose is just perfect too!

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  3. Looks fantastic Katie! I love it - and by the way, your TNT pattern for pants is perfect!

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  4. I did wonder about that when you posted your pants - I love the fabric you chose, purple houndstooth, gorgeous!

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  5. This is just perfect! It really balances the vintage with modern effectively. So cute!

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  6. I love a good shrug. It keeps me nice and warm, but I can wear short sleeves underneath, so I don't end up with wet sleeves when cooking or cleaning. That purple houndstooth looks great on you!

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  7. That is so feminine and funky! Your fabric choice is excellant, and how nice that it's a freebie! Thanks for sharing!

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