As many of you know, I am thrilled about the 52 Week Sewing Challenge. It gives me inspiration and motivation to sew every week. I love the suggested weekly themes and the freedom to not follow them if I have something else in mind.
The other things that inspires and motivates me is pattern testing. I feel luscious in the new Comfy and Cozy (CC) Off-The-Shoulder Top from Petite Stitchery and Company that I had a chance to test, and I can’t wait to share with you!
This pattern comes in long sleeves and can be sewn with either a banded or hemmed bottom. Choose the band option and you can make this entire garment with a serger. This is rare, and totally awesome! I made this black version with a thin sweater knit from a local shop here in Los Angeles. I am gravitating towards all the sweater knits this season. I made a bunch of Lulu Dolmans out of them, which is another dreamy pattern from PS+Co.
The cowl can be worn off the shoulders or on the shoulders, depending on your personal preference. I love it slightly off the shoulders with a tank underneath for a little more modesty. The large cowl is nursing friendly and the pattern even gives you an option for a smaller cowl if that’s more your style.
I made my second stars and stripes version out of Double Brushed Poly (DBP) and cotton lycra. Word to the wise- use the suggested fabric with appropriate stretch if you want to be able to wear your cowl off the shoulders, I LOVE this stars fabric I got from a mystery box at RP Customs (the same amazing company that the Vroom Vroom rounds came from), but this cotton lycra cowl doesn’t have QUITE enough stretch to stay off the shoulders, but I’m okay with that. (Plus, lesson learned for next time, you know?)
I love being able to use contrasting fabric for the cowl and arm cuffs, it really gives you great opportunity to mix and match fabrics. I’m not confident with my print matching yet, but I figured the colors in these stripes and stars were similar enough to make it work, plus what goes together better than stars and stripes!
Although this generates one problem I’m going to have to address later. One of our 52 Week Sewing Challenges is to sew with stars, and this was the only star fabric in my stash! I guess it’s off the fabric store again!
Get your own copy of the Comfy and Cozy top here, and if you are joining us for the 52 Week Sewing Challenge I can’t wait to see which week you sew it up for.
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Kelsey’s 2018 Sewing Goals
- Sew a Cowl √
- Sew a Wrap Dress
- Sew a Pair of Jeans
- Sew a Zipper
- Sew a Button
- Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt
- Sew a Matchbox Car Mat (or two) √
- Create a handmade wardrobe
- Sew a Bra
- Sew a Drawer Full of Underwear
- Sew a Maxi Dress
- Sew a Blazer
- Sew a Pair of Tights
- Sew a Button Up Shirt
- Sew a Purse
- Sew a Lunchbag
- Sew From a Paper Pattern
- Open up an Etsy Shop with Embroidery Patterns