Brrrr... Some recent updates: The cubs and I have now moved from warm sunny (well, most of the time!) Queensland to cold Victoria after a 22-hour road trip fueled by thermos coffee, Kit Kats, grapes, and all my favourite podcasts. Everyone tells me that I'll get used to the cold in no time at all, I'm still waiting for that day though LOL. I was trying to shiver my way through the recent cold spell, but it's lasting a lot longer than my willpower, so the cubs and I decided to sew up a Victorian winter wardrobe!
pic: Trying and failing to balance a Cub on my shoulder
I started my winter wardrobe CraftCubbing with the Floret top by Sew By My Mom Patterns. I had made a short sleeve version for my trip to the Gold Coast in summer; I found it a super quick sew, especially when whipping up the short-sleeved version, which is extremely good for my ego LOL. The ego loves me some humble bragging and being like, " Yeah, I had a sluggish morning and only sewn three shirts. How about you?". Just joking, LOL, I'm nice, I swear. But it does feel perfect for my Type A personality.
Pic credit: Sew By My Mom
"The Floret Dress and Top is a swing style top or dress with great sleeve options! The body style is a dolman and you can make a simple top or dress for warmer weather. You can also choose between two long sleeve bishop style sleeves for warmth and volume–one with an elastic band at the bottom and one with a darling cuff!"
Pic: Trying to talk to a Baby Bear and he's like "Nyeh nyeh not listening OOOH is that more honey droolsssss"
I love loose-fitting tops for those food baby days (hides it well whenever I need to unbutton my pants after a good dinner if you know what I mean *winks*). The Floret has adorable sleeves as well, and I love how it turns a regular long sleeve top to a fancier one I can dress up for work and still look fabulous when heading for drinks after.
Pic: Swinging a Cub in the air in the quintessential Mommy and me photo and realising after my hand is in the wrong spot LOL. Not groping a Cub, I swear.
The instructions are super easy to follow, which is a plus as I have only started sewing knit fabrics in November. This pattern works best with a drapey fabric, I have used a 220 gsm cotton lycra, and it does look a bit tent-y. I would suggest also basting the cuffs on first when doing the long-sleeved version and trying it on rather than serging it directly, I have very narrow wrists and had to make quite a few adjustments to get it to fit right.
L-R: Cotton Jersey fabric; Cotton lycra, double brushed poly
What is your favorite winter pattern?
Kendall and the Cubs