I have been having a little fun with this pattern – Simplicity 2147.
In fact, I have made it 3 times. I tried to make them each a bit different – but it’s so nice when you have a pattern figured out, you know the size works and it’s comfortable. You will have to try to look past my bad pictures. I think it’s much cuter in person, but I’m not a very good model and my husband isn’t a professional photographer! I made all 3 of them out of 2 way stretch knits, so they are very comfy.
The yoke is my favorite part – it’s a cute detail with five tucks and includes a small sleeve. That’s right – no set in sleeve! It’s built right into the yoke.
I also think it’s cute with a sweater thrown over the top. Here it is with my Vitamin D. Again – bad picture, but you can see the cute yoke details, it adds a splash of color, and if it gets cold, I can just throw a layer over it.
For my second one, I made it a bit longer and did a gathered yoke instead of the tucks.
And just a note – When I was sewing this, I kept asking my Mom questions about what the pattern said to do as far as construction. The pattern called for bias tape around the neck. Because I was using a knit, Mom showed me how to add ribbing. It was a lot like doing a single fold binding, but you have to stretch it more. She also showed me a few tips for getting a nice hem – Like using a strip of knit interfacing along the hem to make it lay nice and using a twin stretch needle for doing the hem. Both resulted in a more professional looking finish, for a beginning sewer like me. I’m all for following patterns, but nothing compares to having a Mom with 50 years of sewing experience!
You can probably see the hem a little bit better on this photo
The main thing you can see is that the hem lays nice and flat.
For my last one, I used two colors.
I also changed up the neck a bit, so I had to do a facing instead of the ribbing that I was talking about earlier.
I also made it longer, so I could wear it with legging. I’m not sure if I will keep it long. I don’t think it’s as flattering, but I like the comfort of leggings.
Once again, the pattern is Simplicity 2147. For those of you who are interested in sewing clothes, I would recommend this pattern. I feel sort of reluctant sharing, because my sewing is nothing special and I don’t like modeling for photos, but several of you mentioned that you were interested in sewing clothes again. I just wanted to encourage a few of you to give it a try!
If you would like to see some more cute variations on this pattern, click here.