This sweater went together quite a bit more quickly than I had expected, even with several hours reviewing techniques on my Craftsy Sewing With Knits course. Of course for my first knit project, I couldn't just use the patterns provided by the course, that would be too easy. Actually, a batwing sweater was really the only thing I could picture with this tissue-weight knit, so I drafted one by tracing a knit top I liked and then altering. I used the neck-band-attaching technique for attaching the double-layer arm and bottom bands as well, and it all worked out surprisingly well.
There are some things I'd change--more length, smaller neck--but really I'm quite happy with it. I wore it to the Hands-on Museum today, and when I spotted a very stylish looking woman in a similarly shaped dolman sleeve sweater I whispered to Jon, "see, I told you it was trendy."
Fabric: a tissue-weight sweater knit from Fabric.com
Pattern: self drafted
Cost: only my soul. Here is the issue...the description of this fabric on the website was "sweater knit". I assumed that it would be a thick knit. You know. Like a sweater. It turned out to be a very thin open-weave tissue weight, and I did not care for it upon opening the box. I emailed customer service at fabric.com and asked to return it. They sent me a very nice email saying,
There is no need to return the item. Please donate it to a local sewing guild or use for a future project.
We will be issuing a refund in the amount of $8.72 for order #2951513. This refund will be processed in the same method as the original payment. The refund will take place within 7-10 business days.
Ummmm, now what. I don't know of a local sewing guild. I was trying to think of a crafty friend to whom I could pass it on, when inspiration struck and I just had to try out this idea for a dolman sleeve sweater. But it felt so wrong...could I keep the fabric, having received it for free? I pondered asking the company to put the charge back on my bill, but Jon mocked me for my over-active sense of honor and told me it would cost more than $8.72 for the company to process this ridiculous request. So I went for it, but to assuage my guilt I'd like to pass on the remaining yard of fabric. I used about 1.5 yards for this sweater, and there is plenty left for a top using a bit less fabric or I think this would make a really fabulous infinity scarf.
So please let me know in the comments if you would like this piece of my soul, and I will send it to you free of charge, to any country.
p.s., huzzah! My first blog giveaway! :)