The Conscious Heart Sweater has been a part of the Copious family for 2 years, so it is about time it gets its own blog post.  The two questions I get most often are; how do they fit and how do I pick which scrap fabric can be used.

For fit, these sweaters are unisex and oversized, because the small and medium are my top sellers because they fit most people. “Fit” can be very subjective and sizing depends on how you want to look and your personal style. I always tell customers  that you will have your “true” size, but that doesn’t mean you can’t size up for comfort. For example, my true size would be a small (I am a 38” bust) but I often size up to a Medium for comfort or even to a Large for an oversize look. Oversize sweaters are a big trend right now, I have seen more and more women embrace the comfort of sizing up.

Fit also depends on your own personal style and that is influenced a lot by your job. This sweater is sold most often as a comfort or leisure garment to people to wear on the weekends or if they can work from home, but it is also bought or given as a gift to a lot of teachers or people who have a casual work space. With this, sizing is determined by how presentable you want it to look. For me the Small, my true size, gives a more put together look, where the Large, my preferred size, gives a more casual, comfy vibe. This is something to consider when purchasing your sweater, where you will be wearing it most often and how you want to style it. With all that said, I have several clients who own one in a smaller size and one in a larger size!

Pictured below is myself and Kay (you will recognize her as our lifestyle model for Copious) to show the difference between wearing your “true” size and sizing up.

lumberjack heart sweater, showing fit between small, medium and large. Oversized athleisure sweater
 For your reference, my chest is 38"
cranberry heart sweater, showing fit from medium to XL, unisex and oversized athleisure sweater.
 For your reference, Kay's chest is 44"
Which scrap fabric gets chosen requires cutting a heart, sewing it on and washing it, the big test is how well it washes. Some fabrics can be cut and don’t need to be sewn into a seam to stop from fraying, but some DO and the biggest thing for Copious is quality, because these sweaters are loved & washed and I want them to last!
The fabrics you will see most often as a heart are my Fall scrap fabrics. These fabrics are thicker and have a tighter weave therefore allowing the fabric to be cut and sewn, only fraying slightly but not to the point of falling off. Spring fabrics are more likely to be a looser and thinner weave which doesn’t allow them to fray gently but rather fray to the point of washing off. Before moving forward with sewing on the hearts, each scrap fabric is tested and if it doesn’t pass the wash test it is put back in the scrap fabric bin to be used for my next great upcycling idea!
Written by Carissa McCaig

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