Hey Minerva Makers!

I am SO excited to share this month’s Blogger Network make with you because it is guest-starring my gorgeous little boy for some mummy-son matching action! I absolutely fell in love with this narwhals fleece-backed Sweatshirting Fabric when I saw it on the Minerva site. I flippin’ love narwhals – they are like real-life unicorns of the sea! They are so magical that I just don’t think they seem real! I was spoilt for choice with three colourways to choose from but as I wanted to make something for me, I thought the cream/navy colour was the most grown-up (although who am I kidding, it’s still a top with whales on it?!)

It didn’t take much deliberating to settle on the Papercut Patterns Kyoto sweater. It is such an amazing pattern, it’s comfy and yet the ruffles make it feel on-trend and stylish. It is easy to make and fun to wear. Basically I love it. The pattern also has a t-shirt option so expect to see even more versions from me come summer!

I have made this pattern before, in this gorgeous striped loop back jersey and I made it exactly as the pattern instructs. For this one, I wanted to go for a slightly cropped style so I could wear it with high-waisted skirts, to achieve this I shortened it by three inches. I like both versions equally; I just wanted them to be slightly different!

The fabric is lovely, the print is really vibrant but doesn’t feel stiff and the fleece back is soooo soft and fluffy! It does have a small amount of width-ways stretch but not a lot so I decided to use some navy blue ribbing from my stash to make the hem bands, cuffs and neckband. Because I wasn’t cutting all the bands out of the narwhal fabric and because it is nice and wide, I suddenly realised there was enough fabric left to make something for my son too! We all know twinning is winning right?!!

I decided to make him the Adventurer Raglan by Made By Jack’s Mum Patterns, mostly because he has just figured out how to do toggles by himself so I thought he would like a sweatshirt with toggles on. It was quite easy to make, although I did hold my breath when doing buttonholes in a stretch fabric but it was honestly no problem at all!

My little guy is so excited to match with mummy and we had a great time taking these pictures! I am soo excited that there were enough scraps to make something for both of us and I love that he is excited to be matchy matchy with me - who knows how long that will last?! I deliberately made the size bigger than his measurements because I really wanted to make sure it will fit him next winter and not just for the next couple of months – I love it so much I would be mortified if he tried it on after the summer and it was too small so it is just going to be a bit oversized for now! Lol.

Because the sweatshirting has only a small amount of stretch it is really stable and was a pleasure to sew, it would be a great fabric to start with for anyone new to sewing with stretch fabrics. It is thick and warm and the fleece back makes it super soft on skin! We are both enjoying snuggling up in our new sweatshirts and I can confirm that the little one is standing up really well to all the washing (kid’s just can’t keep anything clean can they?!).

Thanks as always to Minerva for the gorgeous fabric!

Until next time, happy sewing!