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Belted Sweater with Black Textured Knit

I’ve loved sewing with jersey fabrics at the moment, and I think my obsession is continuing. When I saw this Textured Knit Fabric, there was something about it I instantly loved! I’m all about mixing prints and textures so I thought it would make a great addition to my wardrobe.My first plan was to make a True Bias Nikko dress. I’ve used the pattern before and loved it and thought a black version would be great. When I got the fabric I loved it even more than I thought I would, but I did start to question my plans. The fabric is quite sheer so I was torn by the idea of a dress. It would layer nicely, but it made me question how often I would actually wear it. The decision was made for me, however when I couldn’t find all my pattern pieces for the dress! I really need a better organisation system for patterns!
So it was back to the drawing board. I looked through patterns I loved lately and decided to use The Digital Pattern Library Belted Sweater - but with a few alterations. I’ve made the belted version before and it gets a lot of wear but there were a few things I wanted to change. I found the sleeves on the pattern far too long for me so I took about 5 or 6 inches off the sleeve length, and didn’t attach the cuffs. This gives a much wider and looser sleeve and I absolutely love the length!
I found the length of the sweater a little short for me, so I added about 2 inches to the length. And finally I halved the length of the belt. I decided to do this so instead of the belt being wrapped around you several times, I can either tie mine at the front or the back. This gives a completely different look to the sweater as when it’s tied at the front it has a looser back and vice versa.
I decided to go for a top with this fabric because I think you can get away with more sheer fabrics with tops. As the sweater is quite gathered when tied at the front I found you didn’t really need to worry about layering something under it. The fabric is surprisingly cosy considering that its slightly sheer. On warmer days its been floaty enough to still keep me cool, and on colder days it’s kept me warm and works well over turtle necks, t-shirts and dresses.
It was a really nice fabric to work with and sewed up quickly. I did get covered in black fluff a little bit while I was cutting the pieces out, but this doesn’t happen when wearing the fabric. It’s really nice to have something a little textured for a change and it’s such a versatile fabric to work with.
I’ve worn this sweater so much since making it! It works really well with jeans for a casual look, but equally as nice with a skirt for a date night.
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