Defeat…

I am in a serious fight with the bedjacket.  We may, in fact, be about to break up.  Yes, I know, it’s sad… but I simply must learn to face the fact that I don’t look good in sweaters with wrap around closures.  I didn’t think of the bedjacket like a wrap, but of course it closes on the side.  I don’t know… maybe my waist is in the wrong place?

This is pinned closed, and yes my seaming on the left is totally crappy and would need to be redone.  The sleeves are really tight too, less because of the sleeves than because of the edgings.  While the sleeve has stretch, the seaming has very little.  They fit, but I don’t like how they tug.   My basic problem, though, is that my waist is not where it needs to be for this sweater to look nice.  I did block it to the correct length, but it just isn’t working.  It makes me look dumpy I think, and bigger than I am (well, possibly the fact that I’m wearing jeans a size too big isn’t helping there either…)

I think the large amount of seaming required causes this sweater to have little stretch overall, something that was difficult to account for when planning for the garment.  I could take it apart and try some repairs, but I don’t know… I have 2 sweaters with this basic shape, and I don’t like how they look on me either.  You would think I would take that into account, but I am easily seduced by pretty modeled photos.

I’m actually pretty upset by this, because it’s the second recent sweater to go awry (the first was Britannia, which I didn’t even take a picture of completed because I hated the fit… I awaits ripping and reuse of the (lovely) yarn.)  I was going to cook something for dinner, but I think we’ll go out instead… maybe that will make me feel better.

I’m not blaming the design, which I still think is lovely… it just isn’t going to work on me.  I will start something new, and maybe that will help… and maybe in a few weeks I’ll feel like revisiting this sweater.  For now, into the corner basket it goes!

On a happier note, I did make a swatch with the Rowanspun 4-ply, and it’s really just lovely.  I bought another bag in Jade, and I will save that yarn for a sweater, perhaps Joy from Vintage Knits.  It’s softer than most tweeds, and it really makes a lovely fabric when blocked.

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7 thoughts on “Defeat…

  1. I think it looks really cute! Sorry to disagree, but I really like it. Have you tried it with a different top underneath? Something that wouldn’t compete with the neckline?

  2. Bed jackets are not supposed to be long, because if its long and you sit in bed, it rumpled up around your back.
    i think it looks fab!!! Keep it!
    Blessings, Kristina

  3. Have you considered modifying the closure to make it close in front? I think if you folded back the edging to make a sort of shawl collar that extends down the front, and then placed a front closure into the folded over part, it might be really cute. Don’t give up yet–the design is cool, the yarn is lovely, and except for the bunchy waist, I think it looks great on you!

  4. If the jacket fits fine other than when closed, what about just leaving it open? (Sort of like Blue Sky Alpaca’s Silk Shrug.) If you’d still like a closure, what about attaching ribbon or i-cord to the inside seams so you can close it loosly? Or how about using a simple shawl pin through the front edgings? Just some options to try to save your work….. Good luck 🙂

  5. I know wrap around sweaters don’t suit me because I have such a long waist. Maybe that’s part of the problem? I don’t think it looks bad at all, but I can see what you mean about the waist issue.

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