Sunday, February 17, 2013

The "Guilt-Ridden" Dolman Sleeve Sweater

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
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 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! :)

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