So instead of a review of Simplicity 1879, the shorts that I've been dying to blog about, here's a quick and dirty post about the Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.
I've only sewn this up once, and as it's more of a wintery top it may be a few months before I sew it again. This is a great pattern if you want to sew with knits but are intimidated by them, because there is no hemming. The sleeves and the bottom are finished with bands of contrast fabric. Hooray for no hemming! The pattern can be made with regular jersey, like mine, or with poly fleece or cotton sweatshirt fleece. Lots of choices!
The cowl neck seems complicated, but it's not, and the instructions with this pattern are excellent. It took a few tries for me to get the corners of the front part of the cowl lined up exactly how I wanted, but it's a small area (this is a size 12 months) and with a little practice I got it down.
I guess I can go ahead and say that I almost always make a wearable muslin the first time I try a pattern, and this one was no exception. The bodice is made from an old t-shirt of my husband's, and the white parts I believe came from the beer t-shirt that I used to make a pair of underwear.
AB didn't wear this much during the winter because it's hard to get over her giant head. Also the sleeves were a touch too long, but I've found that to be true in everything she owns, me-made or RTW. Sheesh, I make her sound like a t-rex, giant head and stubby arms (she's not!). In real life I promise she looks proportionate. Okay, this isn't sounding any better, moving on!
This would be a fun pattern to use if you wanted to play with stripes going different directions, or if you had a cool sweatshirt fleece. To be honest, I wish I could make one in my size! I have an awesome sweatshirt just like this that came from J. Crew (I got it at Goodwill for $4!) and I love it. It can't be that hard to translate into a grown-up size, right?! Check out the Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Flickr pool for more inspiration with this versatile pattern!