Sunday, 2 December 2012

Raspberry sweater...with floral appliqué

Another month, another Dixie DIY Hot Cocoa Sweater for me! After my first animal print one I knew I'd be making more and this softer than soft, raspberry wool blend was the perfect candidate. It really is buttery soft and feels divine on bare skin.


I literally have nothing to add about the construction - it was as easy peasy to make as before and like last time I added 3 inches to both front and back pieces. I would just say that when working with similar fabric, be aware that it's easy to over stretch it, so stay-stitching your neckline is a must.


As much as I'd like to be chic and demure, I can't seem to cope with plain very well. So I decided to spruce this basic sweater up by trying out a new-to-me technique...appliqué. Unsurprisingly, I went for flowers and attempted to create a flower chain / necklace effect.


The result is a rather 'handmade' one, but you know what...it is handmade! So I'm embracing it for what it is. If anyone else wants to know how to add such a 'unique' twist to their makes, I'm happy to post a 'how to' - just let me know in the comments so I can judge the level of disinterest interest.

31 comments:

  1. Super cute! Love that color and the cozyness. :)

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  2. Cute top! That Hot Cocoa sweater is really a winner! Nice touch with the applique - it feels very "you" and that's what's important.

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    1. Thanks Sallie...I can totally see you in this style of sweater by the way ;o)

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  3. Cute sweater (I really gotta get on this pattern already). Additionally, you so pretty.

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    1. Aaaw, thanks and right back at ya!!!

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    1. Thank you Tiffany, I think this colour will suit so many complexions!

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  5. It's a gorgeous colour! Where did you find the fabric?

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    1. Thank you lady! I got it from my local market for just £6 p/m...may have been less! I have some leftover I can send you and if you'd like more I can get you some?

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    2. You are such an enabler! Stop it! But thank you for the kind offer:)

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  6. Love the colour and you are right to embrace its homely quality. The design is very similar to a Vogue top I made that I just live in.

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    1. Thanks Gail! You've just got to accept things for what they are sometimes ;o)

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  7. Perfect colour, super cute applique!

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  8. That fabric looks delish and the colour is a great one on you too. Nice job! This pattern has been added to my very long to do list!
    Px

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    1. Thanking you Portia! I know what you mean about long (or seemingly never ending) to do lists, but this sweater's a winner ;o)

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  9. I love this color, and I love the applique you've added to this!! Overall, it's a perfect top to me - and it looks so cozy :)

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  10. It's lovely! And it looks so cosy and comfortable. Love the colour on you, too :)

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  11. It's so pretty and I'm sure it will be used so much.

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    1. How's yours coming along Rachel?

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  12. I love this, looks womderfully confortable and cute! I should add it to my pattern pile:)
    Freya May
    thedressmakingdiaries.blospot.com

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  13. Ahh! This is so cute! I love that color on you!

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  14. cute! i love both your versions and the appliques are a fun way to dress it up. i don't think they look too "homemade".

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  15. Another beautiful hot cocoa!! I'm desperately awaiting a window of time in all this xmas/work madness to whip a couple myself... The colour is absolutely stunning on you - and I know what you mean - I'm not such a fan of plain either and I think the floral applique is most welcome, and totally on the right side of handmade! Love it x

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  16. It's very cute, and it looks sooooo comfy! I love that color. It's a very nice shade for you. I think the applique is adorable and ads to the coziness. :)

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