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Orange Sweater

Added Dec 11, 2011

by ThreadTheory

Victoria, Canada






This was a quick project using Burda Style Magazine’s easy wrap top pattern from their 11/2011 issue. I had bought this brightly coloured mixed knit with my sister in mind, but, as I ended up knitting her an infinity scarf for Christmas, I decided to put the fabric to use anyway! I’m actually surprised how much I like wearing such a cheery bright sweater. I guess I’ve found another reason I love sewing so much – I would never buy a bright orange ready made garment, but I constantly find myself buying bright fabric, either with other people in mind or because it looks so pretty in the store…it’s a great way to get myself finally wearing more colour!

I ended up changing the pattern a bit as I sewed. I trimmed the width of the sweater a bit as well as the sleeves. I adjusted the shoulders so that they were regular rather than dropped as, despite loving how it looked on the model in the magazine, was shocked how awful this feature looked on me! I lengthened the sweater to make it into a tunic by adding a band to the bottom. I had planned to lengthen it by simply extending the front and back panels but then, at some point during the sewing process, I trimmed the length off again, forgetting to allow for the hem allowance! I like the bulk that the band provides at the bottom but I don’t like how it meets the rest of the sweater and looks kind of rippled. I bought trim to cover this part but didn’t like how this looked either. I’ll just have to wear it until I can think of an idea to cover this up or fix it!

Material Notes

A mixed knit that was labelled merino but spelled wrong…mherino or merhino, something like that (not sure what this is supposed to mean!)…It clearly isn’t merino but it’s cozy nonetheless.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Blends, Knits/Jersey



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    Dec 13, 2011, 05.11 PMby tigger0580

    The wrap effect is nice as well as the color and fits you nicely. You did a great job

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.52 PMby lathelize

    Very nice top of a bright color!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.38 AMby nouvellegamine

    the color is wonderful. and i agree with everyone about the shoulders. they look much better at shoulder instead of dropped. i didn’t even notice the ripple until you pointed it out but i still don’t think it looks bad.

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      Dec 14, 2011, 12.04 PMby ThreadTheory

      Thanks for your comment, I’m glad the hem isn’t too noticeable!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 08.53 PMby freaky-philomeen

    I like the long version even better and the colour looks definitely great on you!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.07 AMby mixtlii

    It looks so cool! Specially with that belt!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 02.14 AMby schnui

    Your wrap top is beautiful and I love the colour too. I also like how you altered the top of the sleeves and made them fitting to your shoulder rather than having them dropped like the pattern. And I think the band on the bottom looks good too and probably with washing it will loose that wobbly look. A lot of store bought tops have far worse hemlines and yours looks so well made. Enjoy wearing it as you look great in it.

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      Dec 14, 2011, 12.05 PMby ThreadTheory

      Thanks for your lovely comment. After wearing the sweater a couple times, the hem band has eased a bit and looks much better!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 12.12 AMby tsedai

    Loved it in the magazine, but I think the bright color you chose makes me like your version even more! Very flattering on you, great job on the top.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.36 PMby suribabe

    Its lovely and the color suits you..

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