Knits Summer 2009 Gallery: Linda’s Wrap Vest

Linda's Wrap Vest

by Mari Lynn Patrick

from Interweave Knits Summer 2009

  36.5" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the 36.5" size sweater is modeled with plenty of positive ease. The notes for the pattern state:

Because of the way the fronts hang when buttoned as shown, the garment actually has more positive ease than just the difference between bust measurement and garment measurement.

The images below are of our Interweave Gallery Gals wearing the same sample sweater.


 Interweave Gallery Gals

Allison says:
This would be an easy piece to throw on and really change the look of an outfit. I would wear this with some casual, dangly earrings or with a chunky, beaded necklace for a bohemian feel.
Bust 36”
Waist 27”
Hip 36”
Height 5’ 4”
Bust 34"
Height 4' 11"


Toni says: This sweater would quickly become an often worn addition to my wardrobe if I could only somehow sneak it out of the office. I can see it having a wonderfully elegant effect on a fancy dress or skirt, or a more casual look with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. It is fun and loose and the drape of the fabric makes me look good as I move.
Bust 34.5”
Waist 28”
Hip 36.5”
Height 5’ 5.5”

Sandi's Notes:
This vest is floaty, classic, elegant. Wear it with a dress or skirt to a wedding, an afternoon tea, or other dressy social function. Or, add your best jeans, some dazzling earrings, and a killer pair of heels, and go out on the town, safe against the evening's chill. Two bits of sizing advice: Get the shoulders to fit, and make sure there is enough room at the bust so that the garment hangs gracefully overall.

Specific tips for our Gallery Gals:
– On Trish, whose shoulders are super-narrow, the garment overwhelms her small frame. She should make a smaller size.
– Notice the ease difference between Allison, whose bust is the same measurement as the garment's (zero ease), and Toni, whose bust is two inches smaller (2" positive ease). On Toni, the vest has a bit more fabric to "swing," giving the sweater a graceful movement. On Allison, the vest fits more closely and loses some of its airy grace. I'd advise Allison to make the next size larger, and Toni to try to sneak out of the office with the sample garment in her backpack. 🙂

Here are some questions to consider as you look at these photos:

  • How do you think the garment compliments each woman's individual body type and personal style?
  • Which body type does this garment look best on?
  • If you wanted to knit a sweater straight out of the magazine, with no pattern adjustments except for sleeve and hem length, would this be the sweater for you and your body type?
  • Would it fit your personal style?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Some links you  might find helpful:

Measuring yourself and your clothing

About positive and negative ease

Measuring tutorial with photos


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