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Cotton Jersey Capelet/Shrug

Added Jun 23, 2010

by pcvalery

Orlando, Florida...






I am one of those people that gets cold very easily – especially living in Florida. During the summer it’s usually over 90F but as soon as I walk into a building the AC kills me. I wanted to design a light shrug that I could keep me from freezing but was light enough I could wear in 100F weather. These shrugs are made of 100% cotton baby jersey so they’re super lightweight and don’t retain moisture – which is a big deal here in Florida.
To make the pattern I started out with a basic bodice sloper and combine draping techniques along with peaking through my favorite patternmaking book: Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Armstrong. This is the book I used in College and have had no reason to look for a better one.

Material Notes

cotton baby jersey




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Preppy, Romantic

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    Jul 17, 2011, 09.12 AMby annaelisabeth

    love the 70s touch it has. nice job and this colour in the first picture is awesome!

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    Jun 26, 2010, 05.55 AMby x-alexandra-x

    This is soo cute! do you have a sketch of the shape you cut out of fabric that you might be able to take i picture of and upload? i don’t think i’m clever enough to draft this from a pattern block, but i would looove to make it… you’re so clever!

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      Jun 29, 2010, 01.58 AMby pcvalery

      Thanks! I’ll try to get a picture up soon.

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    Jun 24, 2010, 02.36 PMby sunnilj9

    A great idea and I love the cut and fashion of the shrug. Feel the exact same way about AC! Thank you for the book recommendation.

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    Jun 24, 2010, 06.40 AMby domva

    Thanks for the book tipe I have started 1st year fashion design but only part time so its VERY slow on this side, will try get it online, I like the shrug idea

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    Jun 24, 2010, 12.40 AMby kelepso

    I love the burgundy one. The styling is very vintage. Thanks for the tip for the book. Are there many ideas for men pattern making too?

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      Jun 24, 2010, 01.48 AMby pcvalery

      I just moved and I have the book in storage so I’m not completely sure. I think there’s a chapter on Menswear but I don’t think it’s very detailed – if you’re interested in only menswear I might try a different book since this one is very expensive. I have a men’s patternmaking book that’s pretty good – if you email me in about a week I’ll probably be done unpakcing and I"ll get you the title.

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      Jul 11, 2010, 04.36 PMby pcvalery

      The book I have is called:
      Fundamentals of Men’s Fashion Design A Guide to Casual Clothes
      Edmund B Roberts and Gary Onishenko

      I have the second edition…it’s pretty old and the examples are pretty outdated – but it does teach the basics and it’s pretty easy to follow. I got it on Half.com for about $20

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      Jul 11, 2010, 04.39 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Pcvalery! You are awesome. I will check it out on Amazon.com, whichever provides the best deal. Hope you had a successfull move :-)

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    Jun 23, 2010, 08.11 PMby kihli

    I like them, especially the red one! And I think this is a good idea to make light shrugs!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 08.05 PMby holasoylulu


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