This week’s Refashion Runway theme is “metallic”. I created this metallic bandage sweater using pretty much all the metallic things I could find. This includes a white sweater with silver threads, a featherweight knit top, a pair of gold polka dotted shorts that I made that never fit properly, and strips of metallic gold linen leftover from this Marigold top.
Metallic Bandage Sweater
For once, I didn’t use Jalie 2921! Ha! Well, sort of. I actually started with Onion 5039, a great cowl top I’ve used on this striped top. The striped version has always been one of my favorite tops to wear in the fall, and I’ve always wanted to repeat this pattern. I did however use the armscye, sleeve and side seam shaping from Jalie 2921. When you have something that fits as you like it, that’s just what you do. The Onion’s sleeve is too loose for my taste because the armscye has more circumference than I need or prefer.
Sweaters are something that I refashion on a pretty frequent basis as it starts to become colder. This week, on my thrifting expedition, I picked up a white dolman sleeve sweater with silver threads running through it as well as a light blue featherweight sweater with lace trim. The blue is in my color palette, and I never pass up quality crochet lace.
I very painstakingly unpicked every last bit of the blue sweater to salvage the lace. I’ll save that for another project as I wanted to highlight metallics on this project. From the blue, I cut 3/4 length sleeves and the cowl piece from the front and back. I unfortunately had to add a second seam in the cowl since there was no fold to use. I hid this fact by sewing the cowl with the seams facing the shoulder seams instead of at CF and CB.
I had originally meant to sew a yoke in the polka dotted fabric and the white sweater as the bottom of the top. This was not going to work because there was a giant coffee stain on the back polka dotted fabric. The weights of the knits were also too different.
When I tried on the white sweater, it was pretty itchy. The fiber content is rayon/cotton/metallic, so I’m guessing it’s those metallic threads that are irritating my skin. Since the polka dot fabric wasn’t going to work on the right side of the sweater, I used it to line the inside yoke. The right side of the yoke is more of the white sweater. There’s now no red itchy skin, plus there’s a fun lining for this top with extra metallic element!
Using a similar technique to my Silk Scarf Jeans, I zigzagged strips of the metallic linen in little X shapes down the center of each sleeve and along the yoke seam. They look like bandages to me! Just like the silk, the weight of the linen vs. the sweater knit was so lightweight, the linen sits perfectly on top without taking away from the quality of the sweater knit. On the sleeves, the linen and the blue knit are pretty much equal in weight, adding a totally different quality.
Macgyver and Me
I should have known that I’d have to line the bottom of the sweater, but I didn’t bother to cut a lining initially. I know most people don’t line knit tops, but I hate that many, many knits are sheer, but I hate wearing camisoles underneath knit tops even more. All that shifting of fabric around ignites my Princess and the Pea sensibility like just about nothing else.
Still, I always seem to have RTW knit camisoles though I don’t wear them. They’re probably from an era where I was wearing them under things and buying them by the 5 pack or so until I realized that I hated them.
Turns out, those old camis are a really comfortable solution for lining an itchy sweater. I simply cut it off under the arms and sewed it to the yoke’s seam allowance. It’s my Richard Dean Anderson one second on the timer left solution.