|Drop shoulder Aran Sweater from J Jill|
The shape of traditional Aran sweaters, usually boxy with dropped shoulders, in combination with the stiffness of the fabric, results in all loss of the body underneath, and the torso is large and boxy with an excess of fabric under the arms. Not a slimming or flattering look.
How do you make an Aran sweater wearable for a fuller figure? Remove all stiffness from the fabric. Choose a yarn with drape and work in on larger needles to open up the fabric. You also want to move away from the traditional shape: drop shoulder, crew neck, no side shaping and oversize. Make it a cardigan (also pretty traditional) and you've introduced a flattering horizontal line. Bring the fit close to the body, and add some shaping through the torso. Convert the drop shoulder to a fitted sleeve and eliminate the bulk under the arm. And, if you are willing to stray a little from the traditional, add a v-neck, which is a universal flatterer.
|Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli|
|Grandpa Cardigan knit by Vaida|