I’ve made it my goal for 2017 to (loosely) follow the #sewmystyle challenge by Blue Bird Fabrics. Sewing one garment per month (for myself) feels achievable, even with homeschooling and various other life commitments and is a good way for me to add to my handmade wardrobe.
I will be “loosely” following the challenge because I will not be sewing the exact pattern each month. I do want to try to sew a similar garment but will not necessarily stick to the designated pattern. My personal style doesn’t fit each pattern and I want to sew something I know will truly fill a hole in my closet.
For January, the pattern chosen was the Toaster Sweater version 2 pattern by Sew House 7. This is a lovely pattern and with both versions would have tons of remix and personal-ization potential, but I already had this pattern which is very similar. So I choose to save the money and use the pattern I already had.
I had already made this pattern before so it sewed up quickly and easily. I had to figure out a few things on the fly since I used two different fabrics (knit and woven) and was going for a layered look.
I sewed a size medium which is loose and comfortable. It would make a pretty, dressy sweater sewed in a sweater knit and sized down.
I used this rib knit from Jo-Ann Fabrics for the body of the sweatshirt. It is a nice quality and thicker than your average knit, so it makes for a warmer top, which is great for winter. I got a yard and a half and used all of it for the body…it is only 43 inches wide, so keep that in mind when figuring your needed yardage. I used this flannel for the sleeves, bottom and tie. I also got a yard and a half of flannel and could have easily done with only a yard. I also used this project to try our a twin needle. It easily gives a professional finish to knits:
I am pleased with my sweatshirt and plan to wear it many times this winter. It is a grab and go top and since it appears to be layered, it adds some visual interest without trying!
I may need to make another in this fun sweatshirt fleece:
So many ideas, so little time…