Friday, April 1, 2011

TSW eShrug

I thought I'd posted this already, but not even a draft exists on Blogger. So this one is a little late.

The eShrug is the latest pattern offering from the Sewing Workshop, and its first downloadable pattern. It was introduced at the recent Puyallup WA sewing expo.

There's always a flurry of activity in certain circles whenever a new TSW comes out and this one was no exception. This is a fairly modest offering for the line; looks to me like Linda & Co. are dipping their toes in the water to test the e-concept.  Basically, it's just a little cardi to throw on when you need or want another layer. Very simple--no side seams, no edge finishes.

Of course I got the download. It was pretty easy to print out and assemble once I found the borderless setting on my HP. I whipped it up in fits and starts, probably no more than a half hour or so altogether.

I can't say I'm totally wild about it, but I think it's more a function of the fabric than anything else. I used a mystery piece from stash that I'd describe as a lightweight fleece. The colors are a little blah and the edges neither lay flat nor roll nicely. It also has a velcro-ish tendency to grab the layer beneath. I'm planning to make another as soon as I can figure out what to use and how to lay it out. The main pattern piece is almost 60" wide and will require a crossgrain layout on most fabrics unless I decide to add some seams. We'll see.


sdBev said...

Try playing with the drape. You may be able to fold it into something more interesting.

Terri K said...

Nancy I like your first eShrug. I agree that it's just a little cardigan. I've been wearing mine to ward off the chill during this cool spring. Make your next one in a knit and see how much better it works.

Jane M said...

I had the same problem when I made my first Saf T Pockets Cape/Vest pattern with microfleece...but loved it when I sewed it with a lovely doubleknit. I think this pattern will be a real winner.

ACorgiHouse said...

I like it. I printed this last weekend, and rooted through my fabric tonight to find something to make it from this weekend. I'm not much into knits, I was going to use a lightweight wooly woven. I may watch and see what you do next, or maybe I need to go get a knit something?

gwensews said...

I must print out this e-shrug that so many are making. I wonder if sleeves can be added, or the cap lengthened into sleeves? Your gowns in your last post are so pretty. That is an area of my clothing which I am really lacking.

gail said...

Hmm. I see what you mean about the top. But the more I looked at it the more I liked it. The material is rather weird soft dark color and appears to lend itself well to the weird soft drape of the collar. I'd love to see some black attached to it...maybe as trim but a black broach would be fun too.

Please let me add, "in my humble opinion, particularly since I read blogs theis weekend rather than doing REAL sewing" Hugs.