Self-Drafted Sweater Shirt and Skirt

self-drafted sweater top and altered skirt

When I was in California, I didn’t have any of my pattern drafting tools with me but I decided to try to draft a few patterns anyway.

Not bad for a pattern drafted without tools

When I found the sweater material above in my $2 bag from Loft, I wanted to make a shirt to go with the skirt I bought while at the thrift store with my sister.

Thrifted skirt

I had to alter the size and length of the skirt, and I opted to use an invisible zipper instead of the one on the skirt originally (because it was a lapped zipper, and it puffed out on the side). Anyway, the skirt had to be taken in a bit on the sides all the way down, but especially at the waist. So, I had to take the waist band apart, as well.

Taking it apart
I re-sized the waistband along with the rest of the skirt, and re-topstitched around the top and bottom. The invisible zipper looks much better than the lapped zipper did. No more lump down one hip.
Looks like the hemline needed to be ironed into submission

I used pieces cut from the bottom of the skirt to make the sleeve, neckline, and hemline bands.

Pieces for the two sleeve bands, neckline band and the ties

As you can see from the first picture in this post, the sweater material was a very uneven cut and there wasn’t much of it. So, I cut the sleeves in two pieces and formed chevron stripes.

chevron on sleeve

I don’t care much for the skirt (a major bummer after all the work I did to alter it), but I really like the top.


I just love the neckline.Β It is wide, but not so wide that I have to worry about my bra straps showing all the time.

I love little bows

The bow does come untied. The ends are sewn into the ends of the neckline band.

This picture gives you a better idea of the pattern and colors in the sweater material

I’m going to make a few more, some with the small bow and some with a bigger bow. For the smaller bows, I’m going to shorten the ties a bit. I think I’ll make a few different sleeve lengths as well.

I drafted another shirt pattern while I was in California, and I’m working on a few projects made from that pattern. I’ll share those soon, as well.

  1. Lauren

    October 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Very nice! I love the little bow at the neckline… one can never go wrong with a little bow πŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      October 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks! Agreed. Little bows can never be a misstep. πŸ™‚

  2. Lindsey Menard

    October 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I really like the outfit. I think the skirt is cute too. Where do you get all your cute fabrics????

    1. Becca

      October 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ I have accumulated fabrics over the years from all over the place: friends, thrift stores, estate and garage sales, antique stores, G street fabrics, JoAnns, LA’s garment district, other random fabric stores, Ebay, and different online fabric stores. I found this particular sweater material at Loft (across from Michael Levine) in LA while visiting my family.

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