I'm having a giveaway for celebrating this blog's 2nd anniversary. Please visit the post if you would like to enter the raffle. It will be closed on 14/January/2011.
I was wishing to have a warm pullover for fighting with the shivering winter, and I found a pretty fabric. The problem was that, I needed to choose its color. The shop had four colors (white, lavender, pink and mustard) in stock. Which color do you think I chose?
Well, I didn't buy mustard one. It means I have a pink angora jersey left in my stash, and...
They are pretty much same, albeit I made them in different sizes and adopted different types of neckline. I wanted to wear the white one loosely. Meanwhile, the lavender one is to be fitting snugly to wear under the layer and also has a small option to show its pretty color (like in the fourth and fifth pictures). By the way, I'm the one of long-armed creatures, and I lengthened the sleeves quite a lot. I'm very happy with my new sleeves that are generously covering and warming up my arms. The sleeves make them look warm and relaxed, and I love it.
Apart from the original fitting issue, I kinda believe that controlling what size, length, and fit to choose is a part of "dressing beautiful". (Maybe I should say "invisibly dressing nicer"? ...sounds even dodgier.) I know I'm talking it too much but I honestly think we who sew are really lucky.
If you would like to see my sad arms in a typical ready-made pullover, which has already been washed more than several times though, see what happens here (I'm kinda unconsciously hiding them, ain't I).
pattern: Fujiko top from TAMANEGI-KOBO (PDF)
sleeves were lengthened for the wearer's warmth(about 7-10cm)
fabric: angora wool jersey, warm, light, soft, less stretchy, and very fluffy
white: off-turtle neck, size between M-L
lavender: crew neck, size S, with a separate tubular cowl, raised neckline
According to the shop information, TAMANEGI-KOBO is now considering to translate some of instructions of their patterns into English for the English speaking customers. If you already think of some particular patterns and would like to make a request for getting your favorite ones translated earlier, they are waiting for you to hear your say at their shop page.
The product name of the exact gadget that I'm about to give away in this post is "マールサシ", and the name of the company is "河口株式会社" (KAWAGUCHI Co., Ltd.). They seem to have no English homepage but they do have a PDF catalogue which you can get at their Japanese homepage.
I guess I should visit my mother soon again to check the detail of her jacket... You all are right, I should have done it, really!!