You have been waiting with bated breath for this one, I know. And so without further ado, I present to you Mary, Mary (Quite Contrary), my latest sweater refashion and, if I might say so myself, just about the perfect garment with which to welcome (ahem) Fall.
Refashioned from one Large mens crewneck. I did some Frankenpatterning (thanks Ali!) and copying of a favorite cardigan for fit, cut a new back and two front pieces, harvested the bottom sleeve portion to attach 3/4 length sleeves, sewed 6 matching buttons onto one side and then decided dagnabit I wanted them on the other side and unpicked everything and resewed them, and of course created an entire garden of mustard colored flowers from wool felt.
This was the design I'd settled upon, but after I stitched everything on and tried it on, the massive cluster of flowers on the shoulder was, well, way too massive. It would've been fine if both sides were symmetrical in their massiveness, I think, but the asymmetry running diagonally down the side asked for less density of flowery goodness, so I unpicked about 4 flowers and reshuffled things a bit. I'm pretty pleased with the result. And nobody at work could tell it was handmade.
I thought the snaps would deter me from wearing this unbuttoned, but that's actually how I've mostly been wearing this so far. Something about the shrunken, cropped shape makes me think 50s, although I generally like to shorthand this asymmetrical, quirky, over-the-top embellishment style as "Anthropologie"esque. In one of my other sweater refashions, a commenter said she thought my sweater would be "more Anthropologie, IMO, if you made it more asymmetrical" or something to that effect. I remember thinking Honey, my crafting mission is NOT to just copy their style, that's just a stylistic shorthand, semantics! --- but a year later, I have that commenter to thank for inspiring me to move my flowers down to the bottom left of my cardigan, instead of keeping them at both shoulders where it was difficult to achieve a pleasantly mismatched look.
So. One of two "October" garments sees the light of day in November. The other one ... I'm off to work on right now!