"I have no idea," I replied.
But I did have an idea. I just wasn't sure if it was going to work and I dreaded the "come back and show us when you're done" comment.
I was going to use the fabric to sew simple, long tunic, but changed my mind when Vogue 9190 was released. Vogue 9190 is a knit shrug designed by Marcy Tilton.
I made a few tiny tweaks. I added 1-1/2" to the length as I wasn't sure how a short shrug would work with my shape, and I eliminated the drawstring. I also did an FBA using a pivot and slide method.
The shrug cuff has a small vent that is supposed to be on the outside of the arm, not inside like mine. Oops!
SR Harris Fabric. I wasn't the only one intrigued by the knit - when I returned to the store three weeks later it was gone. It's a lightweight knit with strips of knit secured to the backing. I used Pro Tricot Deluxe fusible interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply (they have the Best. Interfacing. Ever.)
The fabric was - ahem - fun to sew. And by fun I mean tedious.
Here's a close up of the finished shrug so you can see the fabric. I so love how it has the trendy fringe-look but in a more subtle way.
The shrug is easy to sew. It was my fabric choice that made construction time-consuming.
The first thing I did after cutting out all of the pieces was to machine baste all the loose strips in place.
Those tiny knit strips had a mind of their own! They went this way. They went that way. They slipped away when I tried to pin them in place. Sigh. Patience, dear one, patience.
The front of the shrug is finished by simply turning the front edge to the inside and stitching in place. To control the fabric strips I ended up using my finger to hold them in place as best as I could while stitching.
To hem the shrug I carefully pinned from the inside...
Next time I'll not add the extra 1-1/2" to the length. It ends up cutting me off and making my waist disappear (what little waist I still have that is). I'm leaving it the length as is because, you know, tedious fabric and I don't want to re-hem.
I sewed View A (upper right on the pattern envelope).
I own a couple of Vogue Marcy Tilton patterns, but for the most part her patterns aren't my design aesthetic. I do like this pattern and can see it made it a variety of knits.