Rated 4 out of 5 by emster Best of both worlds (almost)
I am 32AA-28-38. I am usually a 2 or 4 in number-sized tops, or Small in alpha-sized. I ordered a Small in this blazer. It fits true-to-size for a slim fit, but I?m considering sizing up to accommodate layering for when the weather cools down.
The garment measurements for the Small (taken unstretched) are approximately 34.5? around the bust, 31? around the waist, and 37? around the hem. The length from the high point of the shoulder to the hem is 22.5.? The shoulders are 13? across from seam-to-seam. The sleeve, from shoulder seam to hem, is 24.? The arms, which run narrow, measure 11.5? around the bicep and 8? around the wrist.
This is more of a sweater with blazer styling rather then a true blazer. The wool is slightly felted, and feels pretty substantial even though it?s not thick. Unfortunately it is kind of itchy ? I?m not super sensitive to wool, but I think I?ll probably layer long sleeves under this sweater (which means I might have to size up to a medium, since the sleeves are cut quite narrow). Style-wise, this sweater is really cute ? the colors are great for fall (bright but not eyepopping ? navy with hits of pumpkin, ochre, coffee brown and warm pale blue) and the fairisle pattern is intricate and made of alternating bands of ?right side? and ?wrong side? knitting. The fit is really flattering as well, since it has darts that nicely define the waist. This sweater is nearly perfect except for the slight itch factor, but that isn?t a deal-breaker for me since the fun style combo more than makes up for it. I fell for fairisle blazers after seeing images from Junya Watanabe?s Fall/Winter 2011 Menswear show ? it?s nice to see that style adapted for us gals!
September 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by jennifermbrown So CUTE
I own this sweater in an XL - which is a size up from what I expected to buy - but the L was too tight, especially since I expect some shrinkage in the first wash. Yes, you can hand-wash wool (or almost any other fabric for that matter) - which is far better than wearing dry-cleaning chemicals and letting them seep into your skin. There are ways to overcome the typical complaints about wool - using a high-quality sulfate-free shampoo and/or conditioner in a cold-water bath for your sweaters is one...just be sure not to scrub, or you will felt the wool and cause even more shrinkage than is typical for wool. If a fabric is really bothering you, you can add a little bit of white vinegar to the wash and soak for 30 minutes - the acetic acid in the vinegar will loosen the kinks in the fabric and will also allow you to stretch the fabric out (this works for cotton, wool, and I have even done it with cashmere sweaters that needed more breathing room). You will have a much softer sweater, and the vinegar smell disappears after the item (air) dries. Although I have super sensitive skin and I have even experienced the 'itchies' with cashmere, I was willing to work with this sweater - as cute as it is, I couldn't resist.
December 27, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by Phoebes Jacket that feels like a sweater
I really like that this has the elegance of a jacket but the cosy, comfortable feeling of a sweater. Lovely autumn colours. I am a US size 4 to 6 and got a small. The fit is perfect around the chest and a little loose around the waist and hips (35-27-35).There is room enough to layer with a jersey top and fine wool top underneath. Label says dry clean, but I plan to risk a handwash. My dog has jumped on me in this, and it did not snag or pull. So pretty sturdy, for a knit. Personally, I would prefer it without pockets. But overall a winner.
October 10, 2012