Wow, that title is a mouthful, huh? The garment itself is a little underwhelming in comparison – I honestly had some big plans to make a party outfit for this month’s post, but sometimes life gets in the way of plans. I still need that party outfit for the holidays, though, so stay tuned for that! This month, however – we’re keepin’ it cas!
Every winter, I look forward to making a couple new sweatshirts to keep cozy in (it’s one of the only silver linings for this season, as I HATE being cold!). I especially like making them out of luxe fabrics or with cool design elements, so they are a little less pedestrian than your typical throw-over-everything sweatshirt. With fun colors, beautiful fabrics, and interesting details, they feel a little more pulled together while still being comfortable. Plus, they are a helluva lot faster to sew than knitting an entire sweater.
Toward the tail end of our last winter, I bought a couple of yards of this Moroccan Blue Bamboo French Terry from Mood Fabrics website. I had received a swatch in a previous order, and found the fabric to be absolutely incredible. I *believe* this is one of Mood Fabrics reorderable fabrics, which means they don’t necessarily sell out (well, at least not forever) – and yes, it’s still available on their website. There are also over a DOZEN colors to choose from – yes! I chose the Moroccan blue because I wanted to inject some color into my wardrobe (as I typically choose to mainly wear black and grey in the winter), and this is a seriously beautiful color. It’s more of a very deep teal, a little brighter than the photos on the website (I think my photos are a little more true to color). I am generally drawn to this shade of blue anyway, so I’m certainly biased, but I was pretty pleased when I pulled it out of the box!
The fabric itself is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very dense and stretchy with a beautiful drape, and of course that saturated color. The french terry side is very fine and the entire fabric (both sides) is extremely soft thanks to the bamboo. Since it doesn’t tend to curl, it was easy to cut and sew (I sewed this on my serger, but I think it would be fine too on a regular sewing machine as the shedding was minimal).
The pattern I used here is the Pinnacle Top Sweatshirt (version 3) from Papercut Patterns, as part of their new collection. The whole collection is amazing, and I was eager to try that sweatshirt asap as it appeals to my “interesting design elements” aspect of sewing a sweatshirt. The pattern piece itself is really crazy – it’s absolutely huge, so pay attention to the fabric requirements if you make this pattern – and comes together in a fun origami way. I wanted to highlight the soft french terry loops of this fabric, so I used the wrong side as the top part of my triangle for a little textural interest. Pro tip – if you make this pattern, baste the triangles together first so you can ensure the lines match perfectly before you sew a permanent stitching line. It’s easier to unpick basting if you need to!
The sweatshirt you are seeing in these photos is after a few wears and washes. I haven’t had this completed garment long enough to really comment on the colorfastness or whether or not it will pill over time, but so far it washes really nicely without any color bleed. It does tend to wrinkle, as bamboo likes to do, which is most evident when it has been stored folded in a drawer. For this particular top, I just threw it in the dryer for a few minutes to make the wrinkles fall out (when traveling, I can achieve the same effect by hanging the garment in the bathroom while taking a hot shower). Other than that, it’s super low maintenance but still quite chic!