Sweater Knit Cowl-Neck Tunic

If you are a driven person like me, you are constantly challenging yourself to do better and accomplish more. Who wants to cruise on the bunny slope when you’re comfortable skiing moguls? Due to recent time constraints, I was forced to rediscover the joy of simple sewing or not sew at all.

Cowl neck tunic made with Mood Fabrics' sweater knit print and a Style Arc pattern, sewn by Goodbye Valentino..Not only did I realize I should do more easy sewing, but my latest project reminded me of why I started sewing again in the first place.

My adventurous side led me to order this Olive Abstract Knit from Mood Fabrics without ordering a sample. Fortunately I loved it upon opening the package! Editor’s note: This fabric is a sweater-knit jersey blend. It has a soft, slightly fuzzy hand like a cozy sweater, but it’s lightweight and stretchy like a jersey knit. Available both online and at Mood NYC.

olive abstract knit

I paired the warm sweater knit with Style Arc’s Amy Knit Top, a free pattern I received from Style Arc over a year ago.

AMY-KNIT-TOPGenerally I avoid wearing oversized tops because they appear disproportionate on me although they look great on my taller friends. Since Style Arc had never disappointed me before, I gave the pattern a try and made the top in three short hours.


Cowl neck tunic made with Mood Fabrics' sweater knit print and a Style Arc pattern, sewn by Goodbye Valentino. It’s oversized but not too big! The shoulders fit perfectly and I find the neckline flattering. The length is just right, and wearing the top with skinny pants gives it a good proportion.

Cowl neck tunic made with Mood Fabrics' sweater knit print and a Style Arc pattern, sewn by Goodbye Valentino.

I truly love being proven wrong on this one!

Cowl neck tunic made with Mood Fabrics' sweater knit print and a Style Arc pattern, sewn by Goodbye Valentino. My effortless sewing experience reminded me that one cannot overlook the importance of simplicity driven garments…especially during eventful circumstances!

Until soon :)

 

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  • Nancy Chary
    January 17, 2014

    Love it! This looks sooo nice.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Nancy! I forgot to mention that it’s quite comfortable too :)

  • Sandra Cunningham
    January 17, 2014

    Your blouse is absolutely lovely.

  • Peter
    January 17, 2014

    Great print, Sarah. And the proportions look perfect. Nice job!

  • Janine
    January 17, 2014

    Pretty top! How do you like StyleArc Patterns? Love what you said about simple sewing; lately I have been knocking out quite a lot of simple items, and so when I got back to a more complex project I was refreshed and ready of the challenge. I guess I need to mix things up more often, it makes for a more challenging and diverse sew.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      You hit the nail on the head about easy sewing – REFRESHING!
      I really like Style Arc patterns. They are very well drafted and fit nicely.
      Many thanks for the comment, Janine :)

  • Angela
    January 17, 2014

    Beautiful! It truly looks great on you. Not sure circumstances are good or not.. but hope all is well and looking forward to hearing more from you soon.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      Thanks, Angela! ……. Just too many things happening at once. Not bad, but nothing readers would be interested in :) Anyhow, I’m glad I turned to easy sewing during this time!

  • Sue
    January 17, 2014

    Very nice.

  • Amanda S.
    January 17, 2014

    Love it! I am currently into simple sewing too, after having two wadders in a row… Hoping to finish a tunic soon. This silhouette is so flattering and comfortable!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Amanda! I can’t imagine you ever sewing a wadder :)

  • Pam
    January 17, 2014

    Gorgeous job! (again!). The fabric is really something on you!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      Thanks, Pam! Are these not the most beautiful colors? I love the mix of greens, blues and browns on a cream background :)

  • Amy
    January 17, 2014

    I had no idea StyleARC had a pattern named Amy! How fun! I’m glad you decided to try it out, and I think you picked a great fabric for it. I just love the abstract olive-y blue-y green-y print. And, a sweater knit! A great easy piece after so many dresses!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      This pattern literally has your name on it, Amy! It would be a super post pregnancy top :)
      Many thanks for the comment!

  • Anna
    January 17, 2014

    Looks fabulous!

  • Virginia
    January 17, 2014

    Sometimes simple projects are good for the soul and are just what you need to let a beautiful project shine. Yay for mixing it up!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      Perfectly stated, Virginia! Many thanks for your nice comment :)

  • Lori
    January 17, 2014

    This is a good looking cowl neck and sometimes easy projects are so rewarding.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Lori! I expect you could whip out a dozen of these in an afternoon :)

  • angela
    January 18, 2014

    Great top. I have the same issue. At 5′ 2″ tall oversize tops can be very overwhelming. Glad it worked out because the fabric is great on you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Angela! I forgot to mention that I made no alterations to the pattern and find the length to be just right. Amazing!

  • Sallie
    January 18, 2014

    This looks perfect! Cozy and comfortable, yet chic and stylish (especially paired with those pants… are those leather?!? be still my heart!) And I definitely think your sentiments about simple sewing are important to remember, especially when life gets hectic.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 19, 2014

      Thank you, Sallie! I bought the Derek Lam pants in August at 90% off – best deal of my life :) ……. but back to sewing – I had forgotten about the pleasure of simple sewing and will definitely do more.

  • Ginger
    January 18, 2014

    Oh, this looks great! The silhouette is awesome on you! Really fun!