When I was at the mall last week, I noticed a couple of garments (one at Tory Burch and one at Anthropologie), that combined a frumpy-yet-sparkly sweater knit with contrast sleeves. I thought, hey, I have just such a sweater knit at home! And some white knit that I can dye for contrast. So I put it all together and here is the result, just in time for a few days of beastly hot weather.
The knit on the sleeves started out white. I tried to dye it black because I had some black dye out, but it came out a blue-grey shade that just did not work with the brown tones of my sweater knit. So I re-dyed it chocolate brown. I came out with a nice heathered effect that goes nicely with the body fabric.
I originally bought the body fabric for a coat, and I still may make a coat out of it. I was drawn to the contrast between the brown fluffiness and the sparkle, which looks very modern to my eye. I bought it at Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley CA.
I adapted the pattern from a pattern in Burdastyle 2/2010. This is the fifth time I have used that pattern in the past few weeks.