Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs
It’s time for another Core Worlds Couture fashion review! Welcome to all first-time readers, and if you are a regular reader, I appreciate your support and loyalty!
This edition’s review features the Musterbrand Leia Organa Ladies’ Sweater. If you have read my reviews before, you already know how often I feature Musterbrand. There is no surprise that I am a huge fan of their products. I love the overall quality, customer service, fast shipping and unique look they offer for not only Star Wars pieces, but a variety of other fandoms as well. Check my other Musterbrand reviews for more items!
This sweater is among a large line of cardigans, pullovers, jumpers and ponchos available for both men and women from Musterbrand. Do yourself a favor and check them out.
Product Description From the Website:
“Lightweight and soft knitted sweater based on the look of Leia Organa. Iconic design with prolonged sleeves and hem in a trapeze shaped silhouette. A thin gauge hood and cuffs with thumbholes offer additional protection in cold weather.
• Raised silicon badge of the Resistance on the left upper arm sleeve
• A-Line style cut and prolonged arm-sleeves with thumb holes
• Made of European high-quality yarns
• Musterbrand is more than just merchandise. Highest quality – latest fashion – no compromise.”
Listed at $129.99 USD.
Musterbrand accepts a variety of payments, including PayPal. As mentioned, Musterbrand does have super-fast shipping to the US (the items are manufactured in – and ship from – Germany via UPS). They offer free shipping for orders over $75.00, so this item would qualify. There is also a 30-day return policy. See website for details.
Materials, fit, and construction details:
The sweater is made up of 68% Viscose, 29% Polyacrylic, 3% Elastan. If you’re not familiar with “Viscose,” you may recognize it by the name rayon. Rayon is a manufactured fiber, originally designed to mimic the look and feel of cotton. Polyacrylic is similar to acrylic (made to mimic wool), but this variation is often softer and a bit fluffier. Elastan is a German trade name for Spandex or Lycra, thus giving the sweater a stretchy feature.
The knit used for the sweater is a very small rib knit, giving it a lot of drape and stretch. The material is very soft and lightweight. I would characterize the hand (feel) as somewhere between silk and cashmere. The feel while wearing is very light – almost “liquid” in nature, giving the overall look a nice flow in movement.
The cowl attachment, back yoke, and thumb holes have a serged construction detail. The cowl center seam features a flat-felled seam, which gives a nicer, finished look to that part of the garment.
The sleeves are roomy, but not chunky, and the thumb holes are a super-fun part of the piece. The cowl is a beautiful, feminine, draping feature. I absolutely love it. You can also do a bit of Leia cosplay by pulling the cowl up as a hood, just like in Star Wars: A New Hope!
I have a medium for the size. I think it fits me very well (I usually get mediums in most garments), so I would say it is “true to size,” but it’s always a good idea to check the size chart on the website.
As always, Musterbrand knocks it out of the galaxy with their attention to detail. The silicon Rebel symbol badge and sewn-on Musterbrand leather-look logo are both well-placed and applied nicely.
(from the website): “Machine wash 30°C gentle/ do not bleach/ warm iron/ do not iron the badge/ do not tumble dry/ dry cleaning extra gentle/ reshape during wet/ dry flat.”
One thing I noted about the care label is that it is toward the bottom of one of the side edges. I will be removing it for the look. I want to stress that you should NEVER CUT anything knit. It will unravel and you will have a ruined piece of clothing. Always carefully use a seam ripper to catch the stitching of the care label ONLY. Be sure to keep it in a handy place for reference, too!
When I received the sweater in the bag, it came out pretty wrinkled. I sprayed some Downy Wrinkle Releaser on it (I swear by that stuff for knits), and hung it on my dress from to let the wrinkles fall out. After a few hours, it still had some persistent wrinkles, so I very carefully ironed out the sore stubborn areas with a cool iron. Be sure to use as cool a temperature as possible, and make sure your iron is set on dry, no steam.
I would suggest putting this piece in a light-colored pillow case to wash and tumble dry (cool, if at all), to help preserve its shape, protect the decals, and keep the knit from getting snagged on any other garments in the wash.
Final reactions and overall rating:
I played around with a few different looks, and I think this sweater is a great all-season wardrobe piece. It’s warm enough for winter without being overly bulky, and has a versatile design which lends itself to a fun variety of outfits. It could be dressy or casual, depending upon with what you decide to coordinate.
As stated above, there are a lot of reasons to love this piece. It gets a 5/5 Galactic Credits Rating from yours truly! The price is a bit high for a sweater, but the look, quality and performance of the piece is well worth it, and Musterbrand is a company you can trust to stand by its products.
Thanks for reading this review, and HUGE thanks to Henrik at Musterbrand for sending me this amazing piece!
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it to be helpful! Do you own this piece, or any other Musterbrand products? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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