Thursday, February 20, 2014

Butterick 5907 -- Another Cozy Pullover

Sewing-wise, I accomplished very little in December and January, but for some reason February, the shortest month, has seen a rise in my productivity.  I think it is partly the pressure of winter soon being over and all my winter ideas having to be put aside until September.  It's also that I have been making things that are relatively quick and easy, like this top from Butterick 5907, view B.
It's a little hard to see in the photo (these were taken before Vee's tip of lowering the ISO on my camera - which I will try to figure out for next time), but the fabric is a soft, comfy chocolate leopard print double-knit that I think I got on sale at Hancock Fabrics.  At the time I bought it, I thought it might make a good top so I bought 2 yards.  This would normally be enough, even for a long sleeve top, but the cowl on the top is rather large and cut on the bias, and I did not have enough fabric:( I've had the fabric for awhile so I wasn't sure if the store would still have more in stock, plus I really didn't want to spend any more money, so I put my thinking cap on for awhile and came up with this.


I took the scraps and sewed them together until I had a piece of fabric large enough to cut the cowl out.  The cowl is doubled so all the wonky seams ended up hidden underneath the top layer and are in the back.  The busy print means that the seams are almost unnoticeable.  I am the most proud of this part of the whole project;)

As for the pattern itself, it has dropped shoulders, a huge but lovely cowl, and a pleat at center front, which is a nice feature that adds a little interest to an otherwise plain front.  The whole pattern went together beautifully and I love it.  I made a size medium, adding my usual one inch to the side seams, tapering out from under the arms. I lengthened the sleeves 1/2 inch and added 1 inch to the length.  I usually lengthen sleeves a lot more and often have to widen the bicep area.  I did not have to do that here, which makes me think the pattern may run a bit large, so if you are between sizes, go down a size.  (Take into consideration that I used a knit, but some of the other recommended fabrics are wovens.  If you are using a woven, it may not run so large, so proceed with caution).
Not the greatest view from the back, but at least you can see the coverage helps keep your backside warm:)
The cowl is luscious.
Anyway, it's another top I will wear often.  Like the top in my last post, I have already worn this multiple times.  If this is a shape you like to wear, I highly recommend Butterick 5907.





14 comments:

  1. Feb has been a productive month for me too.

    Love you nice warm jumper (as we call them down here). The fabric looks lovely too. Great job.

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    1. It's fun to see your makes since we are sewing for opposite seasons:)

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  2. That is a very flattering style for you! It just looks great!

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  3. Cosy pullovers like this one and your earlier one are so useful and look great. Layering is always good in my book when it's cold and I often wear a thin cardigan and a much bigger chunkier one over the top. I absolutely love the look with jeans and long black boots you've put together here. I'd wear that all the time too! I agree about the satisfaction of piecing together bits when one doesn't really have enough fabric - few things more satisfying! Stay cosy and enjoy true lovely make! E x

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    1. Meant to read "your lovely make"! iPad playing up I think! sorry! E x

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  4. Wow, you have really been sewing up a storm this month. This one looks really good on you. You had a good idea to piece the cowl.

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  5. Great solution for the cowl. It's amazing what a big piece of fabric those cowls need. Sometimes I reduce the height of the cowl, since I am short and I have a short neck, but I have several times reduced too much and ended up with a wimpy cowl. Yours looks great and very snuggly. I also like your jeans and boots!

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    1. I'm glad I was able to leave this one full-size but that's a good idea for a future project.

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  6. Another lovely make and a style that really suits you. Looks great with your jeans and boots too. x

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    1. Thanks, Julie. It has been a good winter to wear big comfy tops.

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  7. That one looks great too, Angela. I don't know about you, but I really enjoy a project that has some challenges and problem-solving involved. I find it much more creative that way, using my wits and ideas to make it work. I enjoy fiddling with crochet patterns and trying to come up with something different. Your latest projects look so good!

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  8. Your pullover looks so cosy and warm!

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  9. This whole outfit really suits you Angela. Love how you made that cowl work with the fabric you had available. Great sewing.

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  10. OH! My you and your sweater are so beautifu Angela! I do envy your talents! Enjoy your weekend,
    Hugs,
    Sue

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