This was the weekend that the first of the spring crop was going to be planted out in the garden, but instead there’s supposed to be SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s going to snow any minute now, the weather channel said so. I’m sitting by a window so I won’t miss a second.
Snow is right up there with plaid in my book of happiness and I am so excited, I had to dress up for the occasion.
I don’t normally wear leggings as clothes, but the pattern was free so I thought I’d give it a go. I think they pair nicely with this tunic length sweater. Don’t I look ready for snow???
Pattern: Patterns for Pirates Slim Fit Raglan & Pattern For Pirates Peg Legs
Time to Make: The sweater took about an hour and the leggings thirty minutes
Material: 2 yards sweater knit, 1 yard cotton lycra
Total Cost to Make: $12.50
This sweater knit is a poly-blend that came from a mystery box from LDG textiles. The pattern is the slim fit raglan with cowl neck add-on from Patterns for Pirates cut in tunic length with bands. I confess that I made this same exact sweater for my future sister-in-law at Christmas, so it came together really quickly. I used the same combination chain stitch/overlock stitch I used on my sweet tee to do the shoulders and side seams, and the bands and cowl neck were attached with a four thread overlock and then top stitched with a narrow cover stitch. I’ve made this cowl neck before and didn’t top stitch it down, which I don’t recommend because the seam will ride up and show while you’re wearing it.
Check out these homesteader’s wonder clips! They are really helpful for sewing this sweater knit because pins disappear into this fabric.
The leggings were also sewn with a four thread overlock stitch. The fabric is a four-way stretch cotton lycra I bought from fabric.com. It has 50% four way stretch and even though it is listed as light weight, I would call it a medium weight. I was worried because I only bought one yard of fabric and when I went to cut out the pattern, it wasn’t long enough. I ended up cutting it out with the ankle part of the pattern going off of the fabric but it wasn’t a problem. I assumed I would have to add bands onto the bottom to make them longer, or that they would hit at the calf instead of the ankle. Luckily the 50% vertical stretch made them long enough that I was even able to hem them and they still hit at the ankle. I cut out a size medium, but then I took them in at the front crotch because there was extra fabric.
Here’s a picture of the front. I apologize for the picture, I’m still learning how to work my camera.
And from the back.
So here I am, all decked out and ready for snow. How is your weekend going?