I have made quite a few hats from this pattern—just the simple one. I have made neck warmers, too, but I didn't use the pattern as that is a simple tube. I first made the hat and neck warmer in a gray fleece. I even made two of those hats; still, I lost them all. Then I got this cool camo fleece in a purple colorway. I love it, but the only things I have thought of to make so far (that I would actually wear) are this hat and neck warmer. I made a bunch in case I lose them again. On a recent hike with my son and husband, we each wore one.
Actually, now that I am thinking about it, that is one hat on me, one hat on my son, and one neck warmer on the tough guy who didn't need to bring proper clothes for a winter hike. Fortunately, I had spare gear.
Jalie 3352 Dolman-Dress Hack
After failing to apply some gray french terry bamboo jersey I bought to a Moneta, I decided it should work well with Jalie 3352. It did. It was nice, it was comfortable, it looked good. I gave it to my daughter before I could take a photo, but it looked kind of like this:
The thing was...it looked very close to something I had been thinking of making...
This is a dress I had seen in an ad. I knew I could make that just as easily as I could order it (which never turns out to be true in the end, of course), so I snipped it and put it on my list of 2018 projects.
I had plenty of this fabric left, and I was worried that since I had NOT intended to make the dress from the outset, I might be forced into making frustrating adjustments or compromises for what I had in mind. Since my daughter liked the pullover, I gave it to her and started over. I ended up with something I am pretty happy with!
At the time I decided to make this, I also had some red plaid cotton woven in my stash, so I thought I had everything I needed. I played around with it for a bit but I was worried the two fabrics wouldn't play nicely together in the end with one being stretchy and the other not; plus the woven wrinkles easily. Here is a picture where I was trying it out (actually, this is the first top I made that I gave to my daughter...I notice the neckline is finished—another reason I decided to start over; I didn't want to have to take that off):
I searched online and finally found a knit in the pattern I wanted at Cali Fabrics. I really like this company. This fabric is a brushed poly and it is as comfortable and easy to sew as advertised. I am super happy with the fabric and feel lucky to have found the plaid I was looking for.
I had to play around a bit with where the pattern would best be placed. Where it first wound up would have been way too low. I tried it on and felt like Grandma Moses.
Blackwood Cardigan in French Terry
I made the Blackwood cardigan again in french terry. I made it according to the directions this time, i.e., with the band at the bottom and the cuffs, unlike my tweaked version for the wedding-reception-suitable sequin jacket. I like it a lot! It is super comfortable and it looks pretty good! This is a suitable pattern for french terry, unlike my Moneta fail. One one gripe is that the cardigan doesn't close in the front all the way...I should have known that a freeze baby like me would always prefer warmth over any sort of sartorial flair. I have worn it, and it did keep me just warm enough, so I will be wearing it! Will I make it again? That remains to be seen...
Also, I am 5'4" and I needed to remove 4 inches from the body of the cardigan before attaching the band. I could have cut the arm length down as well before attaching the cuffs, but I like the extra length at my wrists. I made this all on my serger and coverstitch and it sewed up very easily.
Still in search of the perfect cowl pattern, I made McCall's 6963 in a magenta (?) wool jersey. I like it; it's super comfortable, it's warm, and the color suits me.
So I think the top is fine for wearing under a blazer or sweater, which is what I do anyway. But I am not 100% happy.
The biggest problem I have had with cowl patterns is that the there is not enough shoulder—the garment always ends up showing my bra straps, which incenses me. There seems to be just enough shoulder on this top, but I don't think the cowl looks that good. Maybe a cowl doesn't suit my figure like I thought it did???
To ensure I would have enough garment at the shoulders, I made a smaller size to fit my underbust (10) and made a full bust adjustment. When I stand differently, you can see the weirdness more accurately.
Eeewww. Don't like that cowl shape. Bottom line is I am still in search of my cowl Nirvana. I guess I will use this pattern if I desperately need a cowl for something in the meantime.
I am a wife and mother. I am retired: yay!