Fashion these days often means comfort first, but that doesn’t always have to mean sacrificing style. The Elowen Shawl is warm, elegant, and absolutely stunning in Mood’s boiled wool. Sewing is completely optional with this pattern; you can make your shawl a single layer and swap the button tab for a cloak chain like I did, or choose to line your main fabric and stitch them together with some edge binding. Simply put, the possibilities are endless for this easy project!
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.
To be honest, you may not even need the pattern for this project as it is as simple as cutting out a rectangle. Again, for heavier versions, you could choose to have two layers bound with bias tape or trim along the edges, but for the sake of this tutorial, I’ll assume you used one layer of fabric as I did.
If using a fabric that frays, hem your edges with a 1/2″ rolled hem. If using something like boiled wool that doesn’t fray, you can leave the edges raw.
Lay your fabric face up. Place your first button 13″ in and 5″ down from the top left corner of your rectangle. The second button will be 7″ from the first. This gathers the fabric of the cloak a bit to allow the fabric to feed through later on as the cloak buttons and button tab are only 3″ apart instead of 7″.
To create your optional button tab, place your two pieces face to face.
Sew along the majority of the perimeter, leaving 1″-2″ open.
Clip your seam allowance at the corners and turn right side out.
Press and top-stitch around the edge of the entire perimeter.
Sew two button holes 3″ apart and place over the buttons on your shawl.
To wrap, place the end with the buttons on your left shoulder. The buttons should be just below your apex.
At the right shoulder, I recommend folding the top edge inward an inch or so. This creates a nice pleat at the back instead of a messy gathering around your neck.
Pull the remainder of the fabric through the button tab and wear!