Wow, I can’t believe it’s time for my second Minerva make already! This month it’s something for the colder winter days, with a modern twist on the good old hoodie…

Project 2 - Harlequin Collared Top

Of the big commercial pattern makers, Burda Patterns do my favourite men’s patterns. They release a few new additions every year and offer the most modern menswear patterns (outside of the brilliant indie pattern makers out there). I have a few hoodies in my wardrobe already, so opted to make Version B from this Sewing Pattern, which has a funky oversized collar in place of a hood.

I love this Harlequin diamond patterned Dressmaking Fabric that Minerva are stocking and, never one to shy away from colour, I thought this lipstick pink Ribbing Fabric would be the perfect contrast for the cuffs. Combined with a matching Drawstring Cord, the pink certainly adds some extra POP to the garment!

Overlocking Overlord…

I recently got my first overlocker and its big debut was for this project. I sewed just about every seam directly on the overlocker, the exception being the join at the cuffs. This was quite a tight curve and I feared doing some irreversible damage with the cutting blade, so I sewed these seams on my sewing machine first then finished the allowances together with the overlocker.

The overlocker really did speed things up quite dramatically! I am a total convert… if you don’t have an overlocker but sew with jersey quite often I’d have a think about investing in one. It probably halved my sewing time (after my inevitable teething problems threading the bad-boy)!

I followed the pattern pretty much to the tee, although I hadn’t noticed it suggested eyelets for the drawstring openings. This was no big deal - in their place I made two small buttonholes that blend in nicely, then threaded the pink drawstring through the collar to finish off.

I am in love with this top - it’s colourful, sporty and eliminates the need to carry a scarf on those winter commutes. For the photos, we wanted to focus on the sportiness of the garment so we had lots of fun playing around with these polaroid style shots.

This is a really simple but stylish pattern that would work equally well for men and women. It would look great in so many colours and prints; I’ll probably whip up another one in the near future and maybe add a pocket or two.

I’m off for some winter sun this week but come back next month for a festive garment, perfect for a cosy night by the fire!

Thanks to Minerva Crafts for supplying all of the kit and to Louise for taking another set of great photos.

See you soon!