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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Argyle Pull Over

The weather is cooling off and so is our home.   Consequently we spend much of our winters bundled in sweaters and long sleeved shirts.  Many of Clark's sweaters from last year no longer fit him, so I decided that it was time to pull out the sewing machine (not that it is ever really put away).  I was a bit disappointed because I didn't have any sweatshirt fleece on hand, but I am really pleased with the way this top turned out.  I used a solid brown interlock knit, and lined the pull over with the same material which really made it significantly warmer (and allowed me to hide some raw edges between the two layers).

I created the pattern for this top using one of Clark's zip up hoodies.  I simply traced the zipped up bodice pieces along with the sleeves and added seam allowances.  I ended up cutting a slit in the front bodice piece to accommodate the button flap.


 I used a 2/3rds rule for measurement when adding the arm cuffs and waistband, and I am pleased with how they both turned out.  I wasn't sure how much smaller I should cut the ribbed knit for the collar (given that the collar wouldn't be fully closed.  I think that I ended up shortening the  diameter by about  25%.  The ribbed knit along the button flap is cut to the actual length.


I added a little argyle design inspired by this top.  I attached the diamond shapes with fusible pellon, stitched around the shape edges with my machine, and then added the handstitching with embroidery floss. I had planned on putting a large brown button in the center of the main diamond, but Clark decided to hide it from me, so we will have to wait on that.

The pocket on the front reminds me of a pair of little briefs....I might have to rethink the pocket design.

It was a fun little project that was done in a day.  I love one day projects.  I seem to be a bit of an impatient crafter (which explains my issues with knitting, and my fear of quilting).

I'll be linking here today. Thanks so much for reading!

15 comments:

Cecily said...

That's adorable! I totally want to make one for my son. Nice job!

Shana said...

That is so cute. I love it.

felicia said...

Loving this! I'm gonna have to try to make something like this for my son. He gets jealous of all the sewing I do for my daughter :)

Lu said...

So cute! I made Pudge a "quick" fleece shirt to wear with his costume... and ended up surgically removing him from said shirt (think me pinning my 1-year-old to the floor and cutting from waist to armpit to wrist)because I forgot to add seam allowances to the pattern... Fun weekend... :)

*Sarah said...

I, for one, LOVE this top - briefs on the front or not!
Give knitting a try, it's really nice to have something in hand to work on when you can't be at your sewing maching. :)

Karin van D. said...

It's very cute. I love the little details you added, nice!

Elizabeth D. said...

Awesome idea! I am definitely bookmarking this. I adore the argyle :)

Sew Many Mamas said...

So cute! I can't ever resist argyle! Great job!

Michelle said...

I love everything about this- I want to make one for my nephew, TOO CUTE!

Josh and Amanda said...

I love it!

Quiltstory said...

You had me at argyle :) I'm so impressed, fabulous work! thanks for linking up! See you next week!

Michelle said...

Just wanted to stop by and say I LOVE your blog and I featured you this week! Come check it out! www.landofthemisfittoyz.blogspot.com Have a fabulous weekend!

Becca said...

I love this sweater!! It is SO darn cute. I haven't gotten up the nerve yet to try actual clothes for people, but you are starting to motivate me. (I'm LDS too by the way!)

Angela said...

So adorable! I love the colors you chose, and the argyle detail and button-down collar dress it up so much. I think I may try making this for my son.

Shannon said...

Love love love this! Just stumbled across your blog and I'm in love,. AND my four year old is named Clark too :)