Fall arrived in my neck o’ the woods and I’m starting to think more about sewing with sweater knits and wool fabrics. A storm rolled through here on Halloween leaving us some snow in the high country and very much needed rain to the drought stricken foothills where I live. Today, I was actually able to sport riding boots and my raincoat! These seem like such foreign concepts to us here in California! Thanking the Lord for this blessing and hoping that there is more on the way.
With the cooler weather I was able to take some photos of my BlueGingerDoll Bonnie sweater without sweating bullets from the heat. I was a pattern tester for this lovely retro pattern and have had this one waiting in the wings for a lil’ while. This is View C, the 3/4 sleeve boatneck version with a slight puffed sleeve. I used a kelly green hatchi cotton blend sweater knit from Fabric.com. It’s such a soft, lightweight fabric that’s perfect for this pattern.The Bonnie is such a quick top to make! I love all of the versions, but am especially drawn to the bateau neckline. This sweater has a slimmer fit than I would usually buy in a RTW sweater, but I quite like it. I made a 22/24, but may go up a size if I make this with a thicker fabric. I got into sewing sweater knits last year and was so happy that this pattern came around. I can’t wait to make the other versions as well!
My skirt pattern is Simplicity 1369 in View C. I used a black/white pindot quilting fabric from Joann’s. This fabric has actually been sitting in my sewing room since last winter and is one that I saw whilst perusing the aisles. It was VERY stiff and did soften up a little when I washed/dried it. It has a soft kind of backing on it — not really sure what — and wrinkles easily. I think it works pretty well for a bottom weight like this skirt, but the pattern is pretty faint as the dots are small and it can look like a solid color.
This skirt (as are most skirts I’ve made) was quick to make. It’s gathered, has a waistband, pockets, and an invisible back zip. Nothing too different going on here, but I like full skirts like this and it’s always nice to make something that you love to wear after making something that you’re just meh about.
I actually plan my sewing the same I would plan my shopping — I sew pieces that go together. This way, I don’t have to worry about having a separate that does not go with anything else. I do have other skirts in my closet that go with my Bonnie, but I wanted a new one, of course. 🙂 So, I had plans to make this skirt for many months and thought it was perfect for this sweater.
Yes, lots of pics in this post. I was (and am) very happy with this outfit! And I’m thinking that Rollie was, too! 🙂
Two simple and easy patterns for the win! 🙂
- Sweater: BlueGingerDoll Bonnie in kelly green hatchi cotton blend sweater knit, made by me
- Skirt: Simplicity 1369 in black/white pindot quilting cotton, made by me
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
- Jewelry: Bauble Bar
[Note: The BlueGingerDoll Bonnie pattern I used to make my sweater was complimentary as I was a pattern tester. My thoughts and remarks are my honest opinions.]