A Masculine Quilt

When my uncle flew out for a visit last fall, we took an RV trip to Idaho. Of course, any good RV trip involves some shopping – namely, fabric shopping! We came upon a lovely local quilt shop in Rupert, Idaho. Not only was the quilt shop lovely, but the little town was just as lovely. In the window of the quilt shop was a simple but attractive masculine style quilt.

My uncle was drawn to those muted primary colors and the basic style of the blocks. I had my husband distract him while I quickly purchased the fabric – two layer cakes in “Branded” by Sweetwater. This was to be a secret Christmas present for my favorite uncle.

The quilt top went together quickly as I just stitched together 10 rows of 8 squares each. Then I added a 4 inch border around the entire quilt. I made the border using a jelly roll of Wilmington Fabrics Essential Gems in Cookie Dough.

I quilted it with a quick all over stipple stitch and I added straight line quilting on the borders.

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Silhouette Patterns #820 – Brenda’s Hoodie

Like all the clothing that I have sewn from Silhouette patterns, this hoodie pattern has a good fit. For sizing, I cut a size 3 in the shoulders, bust, and waist, but I graded out to a size 4 at the hips. In hindsight, it was not necessary to grade up. Next time I will cut a straight size 3 because the sizing is not closely fitted. It is not a loose or boxy fit either. I would say it is semi-fitted.

I have shopped on QVC for years and years and years. They use four descriptive representations for style of fit: performance fit, slim fit, fitted, and semi-fitted. Their definition for semi-fitted is “follows the lines of the body with added wearing ease”. That is an accurate description of this hoodie style.

There are supposed to be pockets on the hoodie, but alas, my pockets are still on my sewing machine table! If you decide to sew one of these fantastic hoodies for yourself, please be aware that the pattern instructions left out the step to add the pockets. (I explain in greater detail in my video below)

The fabric I used is Soft Gauze Texture Sweater Knit in Petal from Stylemaker Fabrics. It is no longer available in the Petal color, but they do have other colors still in stock. The fabric is just slightly sheer. If you take a look at my dress form photos, you can see the dark bra that I put underneath my hoodie.

You can pretty much choose how long you want to make the zipper. My zipper ends just shy of the bottom band of my bra. The pattern features knit bands at the wrists and two knit bands to finish off the bottom length. The back band is a bit longer than the front band giving your hoodie nice backside coverage.

In addition to wearing a tee underneath my hoodie, I have a couple other styling options to share with you:

For a day of running errands, grocery shopping, etc. I will pair it with my black Paola turtleneck and a pair of skinny jeans.
When I want to dress it up a bit, I will wear it over my RTW lace hem tank and a pair of black leggings.

All in all, I consider this a successful make and it will see a lot of use in my wardrobe this fall and winter.

Here’s my video review:

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New Look #6683 – Sweater Dress

Baby it’s cold outside! Time for sweater dresses. This is one of the new Fall 2020 releases from New Look patterns. It features dropped shoulders and ribbed cuffs on the sleeves. There are two views from which to choose: View A – short stand up neck and patch pockets OR View B – cowl neck and side seam pockets. I chose to sew View A.

The neckline on my dress doesn’t stand up as straight as the pattern photo shows, but that is because my fabric has a substantial drape. If I were to sew this again with this same fabric, I would interface the neck piece so it would have more stability. That said, it still looks good and does not affect the wearability of the dress.

The neckline from View A allows for bold jewelry or scarves to be added without interfering with your accessories:

I chose the size 16, but I wish I would have gone with the 14. My dress fits great in the hips, but it is big in the bust/armhole area. If I sew another dress from this pattern, I will go down a size in the shoulder and bust area and just grade up a size toward the hips. I will also add bust darts, which would give the upper body some nice shaping.

The fabric is a boucle sweater knit from Stylemaker Fabrics (from last season).

All in all, I consider this a successful make and I plan to wear it throughout the winter.

If you are interested, I posted a video on my YT channel:

I would love to hear your thoughts on sewing with sweater knits. Please leave a comment.

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