Navy blue is slowly creeping into my wardrobe as my new go-to color over black, my usual everyday staple color. It started with my Lonetree jacket and long-sleeve stripe top, and a lot of what I’m pinning these days on Pinterest for sewing inspiration is grounded in navy blue. It’s a flattering color for pale people like me!
As a follow-up to the Toaster Sweater #2 I made at the end of last year, I decided to give #1 a try with some ponte I bought from Metro Textiles in December.
First off, this fabric is to die for – the ponte feels like a rayon blend, is incredibly soft after washing, and has a nice drape. I love this fabric so much, I called up Kashi at Metro Textiles to order more!
The fabric isn’t very full-bodied, which is why the funnel neck collapses instead of standing up like in the pattern photos. I was a little disappointed with that, but it’s so cozy to wear I got over that element pretty fast.
I actually tried this pattern out late last year and modified it to be a little longer in body length than what the pattern originally calls for – I thought it looked a bit cropped in the photos and was worried that the length of the sweater would hit right at the top of the waistband of my jeans. Well, I should have just made the pattern as is, because the longer length threw off all the proportions of the sweater, it’s really perfect the way it’s drafted! I don’t find it too short and can wear it with my high rise and lower rise jeans. Maybe it’s the waist band that causes the illusion of the sweater looking short? I also love the deep cuffs of the sleeves, they form a slight flare.
Like Toaster #2, this came together in a snap – it’s an easy-peasy instant-gratification project, perfect for a Saturday afternoon sewing session. Everything was sewn on my serger.
I’m now in the process of wrapping up my “winter” sewing and shifting gears into projects for spring – especially for a trip coming up soon that I’ll share more about in another post. Of course, as I type this, a blizzard is descending on Boston…but I know that spring weather will be here soon!
Pattern: Toaster Sweater #1 by Sew House Seven
Fabric: Viscose double-knit from Metro Textiles