Cropped Pinup Sweater

It’s getting cooler, right?! This sweater has been in my sewing queue for at least two years, so it’s quite an accomplishment that I finally made it (and it only took about 4 hours, so I don’t know what my hangup was). Anyway, the pattern is the Pinup Sweater from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, cropped (like, I think I chopped 7-8 inches off) and with long sleeves. The sleeves and bodice are finished with wide bands. The sleeves are a little long, but I keep making things with the sleeves ending up too short, so I’m leaving them for now.

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The fabric is a soft and drapey cotton/poly hacchi sweater knit (no longer available, sorry). I have about half a yard left and I need to find something to do with it since it is so, so soft.

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Anyway, hopefully this will be a versatile staple for the cooler months (or, honestly, for the office air conditioning in the summer).

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Cropped T with Flutter Sleeves

I made this ages ago, but between Pinewoods and madly sewing for the Nahant Vintage Dance Weekend (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen some sneak peeks of those costumes in the past few days) I haven’t had a minute to post about it. And it’ll be a quick minute!

This started out based on the Knit Sweetheart T in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, but I made a bunch of changes. What I’m most happy with is the fit! I’m so glad I lowered the pleats in the center bust–it looks much better than my first attempt.

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Washed-out photo so you can see those pleats.

So here’s what I changed:

  • Lowered the front neckline and pleats
  • Narrowed the shoulders
  • Cropped it just above the natural waist and finished the hem with a wide band (looks much cleaner than turning under for me since I can’t do stretch stitches, coverstitch, or twin needle finishes)
  • Replaced the sleeves with flutter sleeves (following this tutorial); flutter sleeves are hemmed with the narrow hem on my serger

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I think for the next one I will raise the neckline and lower the waist by just a smidge (1/4 inch or so), but overall I’m very pleased with how this came out and think it’s quite flattering. I’d like to do a similar one with long sleeves and a higher neckline in a sweater knit for the fall. (I believe the fabric for this was interlock? I don’t remember, sorry! It’s sort of a midweight knit with decent body, as you can see in the sleeves.)

Speaking of the seasons, here’s my updated spring/summer capsule wardrobe. There’s one item I’ve completed but might not blog about (the gauze skirt…it’s just not that interesting and didn’t turn out great) and two I think I’ll move to the fall plan (jean jacket and jersey maxi skirt). Of course, since we’re hitting 90 degrees, I’m fantasizing about what I want to make in tweed and corduroy once I finish this latest costuming push….

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Dresses

  1. Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. Green dress (purchased)
  3. Cream floral Lady Skater
  4. Calico Giselle
  5. Black/gray calico Simplicity 1080 View A

Skirts

  1. Jersey maxi skirt (McCall’s 6608 View D) in black–MOVE TO FALL
  2. Black gauze petticoat skirt with ruffle (unblogged, but made)
  3. White petticoat skirt
  4. Brown midi petticoat skirt
  5. Jean Hollyburn
  6. Nevermore skirt

Tops

  1. Wrap top (Butterick 6285)
  2. Cropped black T-shirt
  3. Gray rose peasant top
  4. Black Weekender tunic

Outerwear

  1. Jean jacket (Simplicity 8020 View A)–MOVE TO FALL
  2. Army green jacket (purchased)
  3. Green spencer
  4. Gray jersey cardigan (purchased)
  5. Aurelia cardigan?

Knit Sweetheart Top

Finally, another piece for the Wardrobe Architect Challenge is done. This is the Knit Sweetheart Top from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. Changes I made:

  • Short sleeves rather than 3/4 or cap (I just shortened the 3/4 pattern piece).
  • Turned under the sleeve hems rather than using bands (kind of regret this as my sewing machine is causing all kinds of puckering!).
  • Just serged the bottom hem rather than turning under (it’s shortened a bit, too). Hey, I’m planning on mostly wearing it tucked in and this way it stays stretchy (I don’t think my machine can handle a twin needle and my serger doesn’t do overlock).

sweethearttee_1I had to take in the sides at the waist quite a bit to make this fit to my body a bit better; I probably could’ve just cut a smaller size, but the knit I used (a cotton interlock) is rather heavy and I wasn’t sure if it might end up feeling too tight in the chest and hips.

sweethearttee_2I realize the shoulders are, as usual, too wide for me. But I’m too lazy to fix it in this shirt. Next one! In any case, I love the neckline; I made no adjustments and I think it turned out the perfect size (and it’s much more interesting than a plain crewneck). I can definitely see myself making more of these.

On another note, I’ve recently been bitten by the intense desire to make a long peasant-style dress out of cotton gauze (like, uh, this one). I wouldn’t need a pattern! I know where I can get inexpensive gauze! It would be lightweight and comfortable! But would I really wear it as an everyday dress, or would it be too costume-y…??? Argh.

Anyway, here’s where the queue stands (incidentally, the queue does seem to change every time I post it since I’m continually changing my mind refining my plan *cough*). I’m leaning toward doing the long petticoat skirt next. I need more long skirts once it’s warm enough to not wear tights.

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe Sewing Queue

Skirts

  1. MAKE: Knee-length Hollyburn in black cotton poplin; white lining with white eyelet ruffle (longer than overskirt); contour waistband; elastic in back of waistband
  2. MAKE: Long petticoat skirt in black voile with deep ruffle, gathered at waist with back elastic
  3. IN PROCESS: Brown midi petticoat skirt–need to shorten the skirt I have and fix waistband (add lining? add pockets?) (currently rethinking this since really it works fine as it is…)
  4. IN PROCESS: Blue denim Hollyburn–need to take in waistband (okay, this color isn’t technically in my palette, but I’m considering it a neutral denim)
  5. IN PROCESS: Black floral circle skirt with attached black eyelet petticoat–need to replace waistband

Tops

  1. MAKE: Peplum top in black interlock with Nevermore collar (Simplicity 1699 view B)
  2. DONE: Sweetheart t-shirt in white interlock (from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual)
  3. MAKE: Sweetheart t-shirt in black jersey (currently rethinking this since I do already have a plain black tee that’s perfectly wearable…)
  4. DONE: Peplum top from Lady Skater in cream jersey
  5. MAKE: Another cream or green top?
  6. HAVE: Black & white polka dot Bronte top
  7. HAVE: Gray & black horses print Bronte top
  8. IN PROCESS: Black tunic top from Weekender Dress pattern
  9. IN PROCESS: Black gauze top–need to add shirring to waist

Dresses

  1. HAVE: Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. HAVE: Black and gray Weekender Dress
  3. HAVE: Green and pink floral Lady Skater
  4. HAVE: Green knee-length dress with neck ties (purchased)

Outerwear

  1. MAKE: Long-sleeve bolero in gray (or black?) linen or laceweight sweater knit or lightweight sweatshirt fleece (Butterick 5232 [out of print, sorry!])
  2. HAVE: Olive military jacket (purchased, but need to fix closures)
  3. HAVE: Gray jersey elbow-length cardigan w/ ruffles (purchased)
  4. HAVE: Black and cream lightweight sweater knit cardigan (purchased)