This LL Bean sweater was my mother’s. I am using it as my first exercise in Jude Hill‘s Contemporary Boro 2 class. As a starting point, it has to fit better. I had already cut the too-long sleeves to wrist-length awhile back. They’ll need binding. The shoulders droop unattractively and I want to fix that. Today I cut the ugly buttons off and unpicked the threads holding in the tags, then created a muslin tag (rubber stamped with coffee pot) and an inner pocket featuring a lion, to reference my very Leonine mother.
I want to add a lower section that will bring the garment below the hip, and also add some weight to it.
Right now, I plan to bring that cocoa-colored Indian trim fabric right down the front, and for the wrists as well. Not sure what I’ll use for the lower peplum. Not the beautifully-embroidered indigo shown here, but something else.
And closure is up in the air now, too.
This was the sash I constructed back when I was thinking about running with this idea:
I plan to add thin red ties, so that the ‘waistlit’ as it has been dubbed by deanna, will wrap twice and tie in front, but with narrower ties.
that label is so fabulous.
oh thanks, Deanna! I am running with the waistlit idea! Now also thinking about reverse aprons – apron in back, ties and pockets in front.
It’s clear you have a flair for sure, and lovely sense of draping. This is going to be one lovely, loving-mother, embellished remake!
wow, I have missed so much already!! love this
Michelle – the wardrobe thing is very amped up with mother-charges for me… so to take ownership of this sweater is ‘useful’ on lots of levels… I appreciate your feedback.
Saskia – when will you be back?!