Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Please help me choose a shrug/stole

Thank you very much for all your positive comments about the dress's lining. I did a lot of work on it since the last post, and objectively it is finished... Except it isn't, at all. ;) More on that some other time. :)

I need to make something to wear over the dress at church and in case it gets chilly later in the day. In my pattern stash, I have 2 patterns for shrug or cropped jackets. But I could also make a stole instead.

It would be wonderful if you could all help me with your preference here, so I created a poll for it.
Here are the jacket/shrug choices:

1. Simplicity 3867:

ETA: The effect would be similar to those:

(I made the top from Simpl. 3867 a couple of weeks ago, and it turned out pretty nice - that is a great pattern ensemble)

Simplicity 4310:



Two options here:
2. view B with the ruffled sleeves, or
3. with straight sleeves as in view A (but I wouldn't be making the collar).
In either case, I would be making the jacket shorter, so as to match the dress's empire waist.

4. A simple stole, as in the dress's original pattern
(New Look 6318)


In any case, I'll be using white taffeta... or pale blue crepe, according to the dress's final version. (Obvisouly, the weight and look of taffeta vs. crepe are very different, so that would also be influenced by the choice of cover-up.)

So, please, friends, vote away - there's also an "Other" option where you can type in another idea/pattern, should you feel so inclined :)


Thank you so much everyone :)

28 comments:

Yulwen said...

I voted for the stole and I can't find my words to express why :( it's so frustating :( I'll tell you in French on your other blog or by email ;)

Hugs.

Tini said...

Stole :) so much more glamourous! And really more versatile :)

Barbara said...

You could fit my fashion sense into a thimble and have plenty of room left over so I won't vote. ;) I just wanted to say it's nice to see a post from you. I've been thinking of you.

Little Grey Cat said...

I have voted for number 3. The stole would be elegant but would you not be a bit fed up with readjusting it and 'holding' it in place, whereas a jacket you can put on, be comfortable and forget about knowing it's hanging right etc.

Barbara H. said...

I love the first one -- simple and elegant. The stole is pretty, but if it were me, I'd be "fidgeting" with it and adjusting it all day and would get tired of that pretty quickly.

Tessa said...

What a difficult choice Isabelle, I hope we can help you with that. I do love the elegance of a wrap but they do slide and need to be readjusted, however, if you used a non slippy fabric like silk dupioni, it is more likely to stay put, or you could tie a loose 'knot' in front.
I voted for the jacket '1' as it is the simplest. Once you have it on you can forget about it.
But...a wrap is so elegant, both???

Wendy said...

I voted for the stole as I attended a wedding where a bride wore one to her outdoor wedding and she looked absolutely gorgeous. As will you!!

Shannon said...

The concept of a stole is appealing, but it would drive me nuts every time it slipped out of position. A jacket goes on easily and stays put and it won't restrict your movement, so you can focus on your new husband and your guests, rather than on a temperamental garment. I like pattern 1 (Simplicity 3867) because it is simple, elegant and it won't draw too much attention away from your (soon to be) amazing wedding dress. Being a cropped jacket, it will emphasize your slim waist and the skirt will flair out under it wonderfully. Regardless of what you chose, I'm sure you will be stunning - I look forward to seeing what you decide.

dawn said...

I voted for the first, simplest shrug, though it was hard to decide b/w that and the stole. The other two jackets seem like too much of a "something" when you want the dress to be the focus and the jacket just supporting. Just my NSHO!

Tany said...

My choice is the first too, although I really like the dramatic and romantic effect caused by the ruffled cuffs; giving it a second thought and picturing it together with the dress I voted for the first instead. It's your call! Hugs from Portugal to you, dear Isabelle!

Barbara said...

I've voted for No. 4 - a stole. Simple and functional :)

coonie said...

I love the stole but I've voted for 1 because the stole may need to be readjusted all the time and I guess it would be very boring...

Hugs to you :)

Shashi Nayagam said...

Isabelle dear I liked the idea of the shrug and the stole both but voted for the shrug purely because it might become tiresome for you if by chance you need to keep adjusting it on your shoulders.

Lili said...

You're going to be an amazing bride, and it's all thanks to yourself! I voted for the stole, though I know they can be difficult to handle... A simple jacket would do fine too.
HUgs, Lili

Jenna said...

I voted for the stole. First, I would hate to see you cover up those lovely shoulders; it would completely defeat the style of the dress that you are making. Second, while you may have to adjust it, it won't add too much as far as temperature is concerned and you can easily drape it across the back of a chair if you get tired of it. But, mostly I wouldn't want you to cover your arms and shoulders. You have a very beautiful, elegant figure. Show it off! (I bet Seb would agree with me on that one). :D

Carol said...

Oooo, I like the sheer white one in 3687!!

Michelle said...

All beautiful choices, but I chose the stole because it seemed more "you" if that makes sense.

Carla said...

My vote is for the Simplicity shrug!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your grandmother. I lost my father and FIL within three weeks of each other this spring -- it's been very difficult.
I made middle dd a white dupioni dress and shrug (similiar to the one you're considering) for her First Communion, and thought it was very nice. If I understood correctly, you WANT the cover for church right? I think a stole would be "difficult" in that circumstance, but otherwise very elegant. JMHO

Hala said...

if you choose number 1 so it should be from a material that really is thin and that is not loose on your shoulder(that is in my personal view) I have a preference for the simple stole , even though it might fall off your shoulders sometime but it has its charm...

lena-lou said...

nice to 'see' you Isabelle :) I voted for the 1st one, I would most definately have said the stole but having used one myself, they keep sliding down and having to be re- adjusted. The jacket you will be able to forget about it :) Or...just do both then you can choose on the day ;-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for adding the picture of the schrug! Definitely the shrug! The effect on the dress is even better than I first throught! ;-)
Ann

Tracy said...

The stole! That was my vote...But then I like a good stole/shawl in a luxurious, sensuous fabric. Given your dress though, the first option would great, a short, neat little jacket. You must think what would be most comfortable for you to wear, especially if it does get chilly. Fun with the vote! Happy Summer Days to you & yours! :o)

Karin said...

I think you're going to be a gorgeous bride, and should show it off by wearing the stole.

Summerset said...

I don't have a lot of time to vote, but I like the idea of a little jacket/shrug of some type - you're small anyway and having to manage a long expanse of material might be annoying. Just make something small the you can wear and that doesn't interrupt the lines of the gown. You also don't want to take away from the beautiful skirt and overlay!

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stitcherw said...

I voted for the stole. I think they are so elegant, and you can use it for other outfits later as well. You could even use it in the future like at an anniversary dinner where you can remember back to your special day.
Sue