The other day I found some pretty coral fabric similar to hacci sweater knit for only $1 per yard at Walmart. Well, you had me at $1 even if it was Walmart. And the coral color was SO pretty. (I'm really crushing on coral and navy right now!) I purchased two yards and decided to make some sort of sweater. Since it's not close to fall, I made a half sleeve sweater so I can still wear it now. I also wanted to make something that I could dress down or something I could wear with a skirt. I made a drawstring dropped waist that could be tucked in with a funnel and drawstring neck. I also added lace details to give it interest.
I had some leftover lace that I cut off of a wedding dress hem. I cut it into four pieces and added it to the shoulders and sleeve hems. I cut out the coral fabric underneath at the hem. I really like the juxtaposition of the casual drawstring casings next to the delicate lace and delicate sweater fabric. I made it long so I can bend over and chase my children and tuck into skirts.
Pattern: I drafted it myself. I made it loose and long with a funnel neck. I decided to add the drawstrings and lace after cutting it out. I wanted something similar to this burdastyle pattern which I'm planning on buying this Fall.
Fabric: $2 hacci sweater like fabric from the sale rack at Walmart
Time: 2 hours
Cost: $1.75 fabric (I didn't use the whole two yards) and $.25 for the twill tape for drawstring.