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Wearable Blanket

Added Nov 6, 2010

by ajtak7171

Vienna, Austria






When I found this wool fabric on sale I knew I wanted to make one of those camel colored cardigans that are so fashionable right now. I didn’t think about the whole subject of how flattering the color is – or not – as became such a big discussion on the burda blog… I just knew I wanted to make one. Well, the fabric really wasn’t enough for one of those patterns, so I decided to come up with my own. The point was to waste as little material as possible. I came up with a pattern that is basically all just one square, and added the little left-over material (since my original shape was a rectangle) for the collar. This isn’t something I would wear on the street, but to lounge around on the sofa on a cool wintery evening it is just perfect! And soooo warm, really nice, since I live in an old building that gets a bit chilly at times. I didn’t do well on the execution side of it (and I definitely have to make a sturdier belt!), which always happens when I start improvising. But I think the pattern has potential and I might go from here and develop something nice…
The belt “loops” are actually oversized bound button holes and you can put your belt through it in many different ways. I also might add one big button at the top of the lapels. Sorry the pictures aren’t very good…

Material Notes

Wool, satin bias




Garment Type

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    Jun 6, 2012, 04.49 PMby orchiddream

    Nicely done! So cuddley!

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    Jun 27, 2011, 06.01 AMby khyell

    Totally awsome! Is there any way you can share the process?

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      Jun 27, 2011, 07.17 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much! I mean to make it again, improve it, and then, yes, certainly I’d share more about it… question only being: when will I get around to it… (hopefully in fall) :-)

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    Nov 21, 2010, 05.45 PMby soulfulll

    Its freaking awesome and looks like something on a runway. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t wear it out.

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      Nov 21, 2010, 09.20 PMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much!!! Well, it’s mostly because of the poor execution, I pulled the bias a bit too much, and it isn’t nicely smooth… but I wear it LOTS around the house, and some day for sure it will get some fresh air :-)

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    Nov 10, 2010, 02.48 PMby lbell

    OMG. Your a novice? are you sure! It’s fantastic and looks so comfy, I would love to be able create a pattern of my own with such unique style. but I’m still learning. Keep it up I’ll keep an eye out for next great creation .

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      Nov 12, 2010, 12.47 PMby ajtak7171

      Thank you!!! Well, I wouldn’t call myself a novice at sewing, but definitely at making up my own patterns. It is what I want to do more often now, and I am very thrilled that you are so enthusiastic about one of my first pieces!

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    Nov 10, 2010, 12.07 AMby olystyrene

    Wow! This is a wonderful project! I love your design – the sleeves are sop interesting, and the pointed sleeves and hemline are fabulous!

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      Nov 12, 2010, 12.49 PMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much! I am a big fan of your projects, so this compliment means a lot to me! Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to these days…!

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      Nov 15, 2010, 10.43 PMby olystyrene

      What a flattering comment!! I look forward to seeing more of YOUR beautiful projects, especially your designs!!

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    Nov 9, 2010, 11.50 AMby frankiesoup

    Wow! How stunning! I love the cut and the colours and the whole style.

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    Nov 8, 2010, 11.35 AMby anajan

    Wow! Edgy and sharp cut for a strong woman who knows who she is and what she wants. I really like it and I think your design is ingenious! I think it would be a great coat too, made out of boiled wool or some boucle. I’m staring at your pattern sketch, trying to figure out how you made it. Bravo!

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      Nov 8, 2010, 09.25 PMby ajtak7171

      OMG, that is such a huge compliment coming from you!!! Your work is always so inspiring for me to try to come up with my own patterns! I wanted to see how much interest this sparks, and then maybe share the pattern if I felt it was worth it. But it really is so simple… THANK YOU!

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      Nov 15, 2010, 02.18 PMby anajan

      Now I’m flattered! ;)
      Don’t be too shy, you have a talent that should be shown as much as possible. You know, having all these talented people from the site as a source of inspiration and as a support really pushed me to try some interesting techniques and to improve my skills. I believe that everyone from this site has that potential, including yourself! :)
      Keep up the great work.

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    Nov 8, 2010, 12.00 AMby carottesauvage

    Get your point about camel being so ’in’’ right now, but rug potatoe bags are camel too :) so it is timeless. Sometimes the most simple pattern gives an edge to garments . well done!

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    Nov 7, 2010, 09.38 PMby pamchar

    It’s a kind of Snuggie but 100 times more beautiful

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    Nov 7, 2010, 10.57 AMby vasea

    It’s great

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    Nov 6, 2010, 09.46 PMby sewingqueen-1

    This looks wonderful – I would definitely wear it out. I like the sleeves and the collar. It really looks comfortable and warm. If you get a chance, please post instructions!

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      Nov 8, 2010, 11.09 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much! I want to play around with it some more and improve a couple things – then maybe I will post a little “how to”…

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    Nov 6, 2010, 09.45 PMby Geeky Seamstress

    it looks quite interesting, like a cosplay outfit lol … I’m drawn to it… looks like something a Jedi would wear,,,,

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    Nov 6, 2010, 07.50 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Really, I think this could be worn out. For practicality sake, I would round off the sleeves, but someone else may not share that opinion. Great imaginative work! Looks like it will keep you cozy.

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      Nov 8, 2010, 11.08 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you, I feel the same. I am thinking of making one that is much smaller, form fitting in some places (but not all over) and round of the sleeves and also the hem. Then maybe I could even “take it out”… :-)

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    Nov 6, 2010, 05.35 PMby violetsky

    I love the details on the sleeves. I think this blanket coat looks fantastic, don’t hesitate to wear it out.

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    Nov 6, 2010, 04.15 PMby irmchen

    You are presenting an interesting project… and everything has been said. Like the title: " Wearable Blanket" :-) … and it looks soooooo cozy! You get 5 Stars for being creativ!

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