If you’re just starting on your transitional wardrobe, a good place to begin is cardigans and shawls. Everyone can use more layers as the weather turns a bit more crisp and having an easy project that can be made with a variety of fabrics is a great help. For today’s gorgeous autumn layer, we’ll be showing you how to take our Aralia Shawl free sewing pattern and manipulate it to fit your style needs!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
As far as sewing projects go, this one is super simple and can be altered very easily. The Aralia Shawl is mainly just a rectangle of fabric cut up the center front halfway and sewn up 80″ of the sides. For the velvet burnout one above, I skipped the sleeves and tied some ribbon at the waist for a bit more shape.
If you’d like to skip the pattern and try creating your own robe, fold your fabric like the graphic above. The wider your fabric, the longer your “sleeves” will be. The longer your fabric yardage, the longer your shawl will be as a whole. Mine used 3 yards to almost let it graze the floor, whereas the 2 yards the original Aralia Shawl calls for will fall around your knees.
Will you be giving a shawl like this a try? Let me know what kind of fabrics you’re considering in the comments below!