When Felicity Fabrics asked for ideas for the blogger challenge, cosy jumpers was first on my list and I was thrilled that this blog is a joint challenge between myself and the lovely Liz!
As the days are shorter and the weather is getting cooler I find this time of year is when all I want to sew is warm cosy projects.
When I saw the stack of new fabrics on offer from Felicity Fabrics I immediately saw the lilac and anthracite sweatshirtings and thought how nicely they went together. I knew then that I wanted to do something with colour blocking and that’s when the Itch to Stitch Sibiu top came to mind. It is a slight batwing style which isn’t something I currently have in my me made wardrobe.
I really like the different options of this pattern and I decided to make the cowl neck, long sleeve and shoulder contrast version.
When deciding on what size to cut I found my measurements put me between a size 8 and a 14. I didn’t want anything too fitted and I wanted to make sure the jumper sat well on my hips so I cut a straight size 14. (My measurements are B37 / W32 / H43)
Next time I think I will grade between sizes as I would like it a little more fitted at the top of the arms and bust. I will plan to sew a size 10 at the bust and grade out to the 14 at the hip.
Fabric requirements I ended up using 1.8m of the anthracite fabric and 50cm of the lilac. I only just managed to cut the main bodice from 1.8m so would recommend 2m if you are doing a similar size.
The only alteration I made was the placement of the cuffs on my fabric as the most stretch was on the cross grain. Cutting them out this way meant that I knew I could roll up my sleeves if I wanted to.
Sewing it all up was great fun, lovely clear instructions from Itch to Stitch and if you own an overlocker you don’t even need to get your sewing machine out as it can all be sewn directly on the overlocker.
I love the finished jumper! Super cosy with the cowl neck which is perfect for wearing on those winter walks where you need warmth around your neck. With the batwing design it is easy to wear with layers underneath and the overall design of the pattern raises it above just a basic jumper. The fabric is so nice and warm due to the brushed back nature and I know it will be a well loved piece during the winter.
When thinking about what to sew up for my next Felicity Fabrics blog my thoughts turned to cosy sewing in preperation for the colder autumn and winter months. On their website they currently have a few different fleece backed jersey fabrics that are perfect for sewing up a cosy jumper/cardigan or dress. I was drawn to the lilac colourway and asked for 1.5 metres. This lovely soft lilac coloured fleece back jersey is perfect for jumpers, cardigans and jumper dresses. The composition of the fabric is: 96% cotton and 4% elastane. It has 30% stretch and is 150cm wide. The fabric can be found here: https://felicityfabrics.co.uk/shop/fleece-back-lilac/ and comes in two other colours: Anthracite and Ruby.
The pattern I had in mind for my jumper was the Tilly and the buttons Billie jumper. I love that you get so may different options in one pattern. The Billie pattern is an ultra-comfy sweatshirt or sweater dress that you can whip up in an afternoon. It can be dressed up or down and has the option to sew some incredible balloon shaped sleeves with a deep cuff. It is aimed at confident beginners and looks fabulous in a plain fabric or a patterned fabric. In terms of fabric recommendations, they recommend: sweatshirt fleece, French terry, ponte, double knit, interlock or sweater knit with at least 10% stretch. You need a sturdy machine to sew the balloon sleeve version in a thick sweat shirting fabric. It has a relaxed shape that isn’t too baggy and a classic crew neckline. The jumper version sits on the high hip and there is an option to sew up a dress that can include pockets too. The Billie patterns comes in sizes UK 6 – 34 and can be bought as a paper pattern or PDF pattern.
I knew I definitely wanted to sew up the jumper using the beautiful fleece backed lilac fabric. I also knew I wanted to include the fabulous balloon sleeve option too. The pattern suggests you need between 1.6 and 1.8 metres of fabric if your fabric is 140cm wide. As the fabric I’d chosen was 150cm wide and I have experience sewing up the Billie jumper with balloon sleeves I knew I would have enough fabric with 1.5 metres. It turned out to be the perfect amount of fabric.
Now if you follow me on Instagram and YouTube you will know that it is rare for me to sew something that is plain and my jumper was no exception. I have had an idea in my head for a while now after spotting the cutest children’s jumper on Pinterest. I think children have the most amazing clothes sometimes! It was a pom pom themed jumper that was made in a plain fabric and had pom poms attached randomly. I searched for an adult version but only came across jumpers for adults that had a handful of pom poms on the sleeves. I had my heart set on a jumper that had pom poms everywhere!
I had bought some pom poms from a craft shop a few years ago to use to create a Christmas jumper but never got around to creating this. I rediscovered them when dreaming up this pom pom jumper and realised they were in the most perfect pastel shades that matched my lilac jersey fabric. I originally wanted to put the pom poms on the front and back of the jumper as well as the sleeves but thanks to many sensible sewing friends who watch my Youtube videos I decided to avoid the back of the jumper in case it became too uncomfortable to wear! I hadn’t considered how the jumper would feel with pom poms on the back so I am very grateful to everyone that pointed this out to me.
With the jumper sewn up in a couple of hours it was time to start adding the pom poms. I used long pins to help when decided where to place the pom poms and tried to randomly place them whilst being aware of areas I didn’t want a pom pom (e.g. the chest area!). Although I was avoiding the back of the jumper I did decide to add pom poms onto the back of the sleeves as I felt this would add a little peep of the fun design on the front without being uncomfortable to wear. I carefully tried on the jumper to check I was happy with the placement of the pom poms and then spent hours and hours hand sewing them onto the jumper.
I used a large embroidery needle that was sharp enough to go through the jersey fabric and the pom pom and thick enough to cope with going through the pom pom too. Sewing the pom poms onto the jumper was by far the most time-consuming part of making this jumper but so worth it to get the look I was hoping for.
I am so pleased with the finished look and think it is such a fun jumper that I know I am going to wear lots! I know the children I teach will love to see me wearing it and I think it will add a fun detail to a casual outfit too.