Hi, guys! Hope you all had a great weekend!
Do you guys struggle to wear your handmades? How easy or important is it for you to make things that work for your Monday-to-Friday life? Personally, I’ve found recently that the clothes that are appropriate for my verrrrry casual (and messy!) jobs make me feel a bit like a slob. I feel happy and confident in my fun blazers or knitted sweaters, but there’s just no point wearing them to strip furniture or glue foam! But I’ve been finding lately that my buttondowns and raglan pullovers get lots of wear in the workshop. In fact, my hood-less Undercover Hoods get worn so much, especially the striped one, that I sometimes get worried that my boss thinks I only own like two or three garments! So adding a easy-wearing tops to my wardrobe felt like a good idea.
So, when I saw the newest Papercut Patterns collection, I immediately ordered the Bowline Sweater. It seemed like just the thing to punch up my casual wardrobe, and I also just really wanted to know how it was constructed! Not gonna lie- when I opened up the pattern and saw what the front pattern piece looked like, my mind was kinda blown. I wasn’t really sure how it would come together, but I just trusted the instructions and crossed my fingers that it would come out alright in the end! It was super fun to make because of this… it felt a bit like an experiment!
I’d been wanting to make a garment with this fabric from my shop for a while. I was catching up on my blogroll last weekend when I saw Rachel’s version of the pattern, then Fiona’s, and I immediately started working on my own! I’m so glad I did because I really love this pattern and fabric combo. The fabric is a lightweight French terry, 66% rayon/27% cotton/7% nylon. The rayon content makes it super drapey, as you can see, which is really nice for this design. I wouldn’t recommend using something terribly thick or heavy for this as you have quite a few layers going on when you sew up the pleat/dart combo and it could get lumpy.
I’m really happy with the final product! I loooove this color and have been looking forward to wearing this fabric, and I also really like that this looks a bit nicer than a plain sweatshirt. It’s an easy way to dress up a bit more without sacrificing comfort, mobility, or time getting ready in the morning! I’d like to try a striped version one day, too, because the striped sample on the Papercut website just looks so cool! And maybe then I won’t have to wear my striped sweatshirt every third day, heeheehee! 🙂 Now, what are you guys sewing right now??