I excavated a short yard of a heavy striped cotton jersey from the stash heap on Monday, and went for a sleeved cardigan. Some of the stripey madness that ensued was intentional, some a happy accident, some design by necessity.

The Pattern seen in this layout was done on the fly, hacking a deep cuff off the end of the sleeve, and twizzling the peplum pieces round to fit the available fabric.

Pattern Layout

There’s no seam allowance on the pattern. The back went on straight grain, the front on cross grain, working around the need to have the combined top bodice and sleeve pieces on the bias. The peplum went on the bias out of necessity, top right is the shaped cuff piece on straight grain, the 2 pieces sliced off the 2 sleeve pieces joined so there’s no top seam in it.

This is what the back bodice seam looks like pinned ready to stitch.

Shape of Back Bodice

The front bodice seam looks like this.

Front Bodice

Shoulder Seam

The cuff piece is stitched on after the shoulder seam

Cuff Shape

The peplum and the cuffs are faced back with a scrap of jersey in a wider stripe. There is a pocket under the peplum at the front each side.

Front Jacket

Jacket Back


Side of Jacket

Front is edged with bias strip.

Enough Already?





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18 Responses to Stripes

  1. mrsmole says:

    What a creative way with stripes! Who knew you could put pockets in a peplum? You would never guess that you could get all that out of one yard! WOW and love the diagonal front band and chevron patch on the sleeve hem and cuffs…you would be dangerous with more yardage…ha ha!


  2. Kim says:

    Excellent use of a small amount of fabric. But don’t the stripes boggle your eyes?


  3. thirtymumble says:

    You left a very nice comment on my blog, so I decided to stop by. I don’t know how to sew – my mom is excellent at it, but I’m not what you might call, um, patient, so while I can handle a few basics, I’ve also been known to mend things with a stapler. Seeing these cool patterns (I scrolled down & saw those detachable sleeves in that incredible fabric – I ❤ color-changing things) makes me want to grit my teeth and learn. One of the biggest frustrations in plus-size clothing is pattern sizing — very few retailers get it right. Even being able to make alterations to solve the Giant Armhole Crisis would be a start.

    Even if I don't learn to sew, I love seeing things people create!


    • jay says:

      The big advantage of sewing for yourself is being able to kiss goodbye to the straightjacket of ready to wear proportions. I encourage you to start, pick a simple pattern or copy a garment that does fit.


  4. Oh I really like the way the stripes worked out, especially at the cuffs. Will it have a closure or do you wear it open?


  5. Wow was my first thought…sometimes the best designs happen because of constraints on fabric or time! I’m picturing this worn open with a crisp white shirt and jeans or just held with a hook at the waist.


  6. seweverythingblog says:

    Beautiful jacket! Love that you added a pocket in the peplum seam — your creativity with lack of fabric is fantastic. I don’t usually add peplums to anything, but you’ve inspired me here. I’m writing a couple of posts on pockets, and would love to include a link to this post.


  7. piakdy says:

    Now that’s an interesting looking shirt! Love it 😍😍😍

    Liked by 1 person

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  9. amcclure2014 says:

    Fabulous! And so little fabric.

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  10. Perfection! I love the stripes going every which way but still orderly!

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