The Aralia Shawl: Free Sewing Pattern

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Lee Norris

We're putting out a brand new line of free patterns at Mood, and when this exquisite silk velvet burnout went online I knew we'd need to start with a kimono shawl. The simple square shape means you don't lose any of the stunning design (and believe me when I say stunning - in addition to the rich autumn tones, there are faint gold pinstripes throughout the silk that catch in the light). The lapels and sleeves are made from the softest of Mood's bamboo knits, while the bottom is finished off with some fringe trim. What can I say? I'm a bit of a sucker for anything that makes me feel like Stevie Nicks.

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Pattern includes a 1/2" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.

Huuuge shout-out and thank you to Catina Ferraine, who is now helping us with our pattern development! She's working hard to make sure everything is beautiful and perfect, so you'll be able to make the best garment possible.

When it comes down to it, this shawl is mostly just two giant squares with a slit down the middle of the front. The pattern calls for 2 yards of fabric, but I made my shawl a bit longer since the panels I used were closer to 40".

To start sewing, attach your two front panels to the back at the shoulders. Since this garment is unlined, I went with French seams.

Next, cut your your sleeves and pin to the outer sides of your shawl, matching the center of the wider flat side of your sleeve to the shoulder seam you just sewed.
Close your side seams, including your sleeve seams, and hem your sleeves. Your project should now be resembling a garment! If you're not using a panel or sensitive print, you can use this time to try on your shawl and see how long it falls. Keep in mind that you'll be adding 8" of fringe too the bottom, so shorten it if need be.

You should have two long strips of knit for your lapels. Sew them together along one of the short sides so you have one super long piece. Fold it in half, lengthwise, and pin and sew it along the opening of your shawl. Be sure to match up the center seam with the center back of the garment.
The last step is my favorite part - embellishments! Any trim you use is completely up to you, but I went with a classic black fringe. To attach it, I rolled my velvet inward and covered it with the trim along the wrong side.

Now I get to look fabulously witchy while staying super comfortable this autumn! What type of fabric are you going to use to make your shawl? I'd love to hear about your project in the comments!

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