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Dianna | Posted in Patterns on

Recent shrug pattern featured in Threads….which issue…did you make it?


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    paddyscar | | #1


    It is issue 85, pages 80 - 81, but I didn't make it.

    You can search the index to the index of Threads magazine, by going to "Fibre Arts" in the band across the top of the page, which takes you to the Threads Home page, or by going directly to



    Edited 10/30/2005 12:27 pm ET by paddyscar

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      Dianna | | #2

      Thanks so much!

  2. cafms | | #3

    The most recent article was September 2005 #120 (with the pins on the cover) pgs. 52 & 53.  I made the Dancers Sweater out of a "corded" fleece.  Everyone in my sewing guild really liked it and had to have a pattern.  I found the sleeves a little snug and could have used a bit more room in the body.  It was not as loose, using the dimensions in the article, as the one in the picture and the sleeves were not as long.  The next one will be a little larger.  There wasn't a seam allowance given so I may have used more than I should.  Really was quick to make.

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      Dianna | | #4

      Thanks for the reference info.

      I have tried some of the quick patterns from before and learned that the dimensions are sometimes wrong.  I don't know what qa process Threads uses to test its items so it may be as simple as a reference point (the patterns is set up for a size 4 waif).  I work in IT as a tester and we do root cause analysis all the time on errors we find.  I may go into the contact-us portion of the web site and make some suggestions.

      I have this really bizare knit that has a bumpy texture.  I have just enough for the shrug to do one for my daughter.   Having been burned once before, I don't assume the dimensions are right for what I want to make.

      Again thanks for the response.

      1. carolfresia | | #5

        In the case of the shrugs, we simply tried them on everyone on staff. They fit all of us, from a size two (average height) to a petite plus, to a broad-shouldered size 12, and a curvy size 10. Of course, they didn't fit us all the same, but we felt that the given dimensions would accomodate most people who fall into the size small-to-medium range.

        Of course, depending on your fabric and your fit preferences, you should adjust the dimensions given to get the look you want. I personally prefer a smaller size than what's given in the article for the dancer's sweater, but the kimono style looks good as written. It's pretty easy to stitch them a little bigger or smaller--try pinning the shrug together first and see how you like the fit, then baste if you like. The fabric makes a big difference to the fit, so don't assume that if you like it one size in a slinky knit, you'll like it that size in a fluffy, wooly knit.


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          Dianna | | #6

          Thanks for the insight into the target size you use.  I would have quessed so from my previous experience.  

          My daughter is in South Korea so I don't have the body to fit to.  The truth is that we sew not only for the creativity but also because our bodies are not to the 'standard'.  Her arms and shoulders just happen to be one of several places where I need to confirm fit and ease. 

          My quess is that the ease allowed was minimal, with the target fabric being a really stretchy knit.  As for whether your audience is small to medium, that's a different question.  The target comments were not meant as a criticism.  Think of it as process improvement.  Plan/Do/Study/Act.

          I've been a subscriber since you started, and will continue to read your magazine with interest and delight.  Thanks again for the info.

          1. carolfresia | | #7

            The shrug that Anna Mazur designed is based on the dimensions of a RTW piece that she'd seen in a store, marked "one size fits all." Well, we all know that's rarely true, so it's great to be able to increase or decrease the arm-span measurement, or make a shorter back-waist length, or open or close the body opening depending on your body type. I found that if I adjust the dimensions a little bit and use a knit with enough stretch, I can close the shrug at center front with a button or two without it pulling unattractively across the bust. Now that I think of it, I've got some nice sweater knits stored away that I should shrugify, since it's getting pretty chilly here!


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