When I bought the vintage wool that I used for my jacket in the previous post I also bought a length of vintage wool boucle knit. I believe that these vintage fabrics, now available at Rathdowne Fabrics, originally came from Job Warehouse that used to be in the city. I always used to think that was the weirdest name for a business. Job warehouse? How could you warehouse jobs? Was it like an employment office? I had no idea that it meant “job lot” and was in reference to fabric, where large amounts of excess fabrics were available for purchase. This is despite noticing the large numbers of haphazardly placed fabric bolts in the window (among dead flies and many layers of dust). Well duh.
This boucle has a metallic thread woven into it as well. I decided to use the rougher boucle side as the right side, not the smoother knit side that showed more sparkle. And I paired it with Simplicity 1366.
And this is what I ended up with! I made size 12, and lengthened the sleeves while retaining the width. The finished length was actually pretty random. At first I considered shortening them, but in the end I left them as they are. They’re a good length to wear, as they show off a contrasting layer underneath and are short enough that the width of the sleeve doesn’t get in the way.
Most construction was on the overlocker. Hems were turned to the inside and secured with a zig-zag, which mostly vanished into the weave. I failed to stabilise the neckline before turning it, which was a mistake. Luckily because the fabric was wool I was able to steam it back into shape without too much difficulty. I’m quite enjoying the shorter length of this jumper. A little bit cropped, and rather boxy. There is no way that I’ll be wearing a fitted cropped jumper like the Astoria, but this is a great alternative for me and my style. I need to play with it a little more, but overall I like it.
And this is how I’m wearing it today – with a Style Arc Fay skirt in ponte, purchased top underneath, and a crocheted cowl and fingerless mittens. I feel great in this outfit!