I’ve been instagram stalking the Berlin Jacket for so long now. I follow the hashtag, and every time a new one pops up, I stare lovingly at it and admire what a cool, laid back vibe it offers while still making a very stylish statement. Over and over, I’ve heard other sewists talk about what a quick and easy project it was, but no matter how many times you guys said it, I just wasn’t buying it. How in the world could a sleek, fashionable JACKET be a fun, simple sew?? Spoiler Alert – IT IS!
The Tabor Sweater is hands-down my favorite pattern at the moment. The grey waffle knit version I made at the end of 2018 has been the one thing I’ve reached for most frequently in my closet this season, and I hated when I had to put it in the wash. So instead of pouting all day while it was out of commission, I decided to make another!
This fabric wasn’t meant to be leggings when I picked it out. I had a really fun maxi dress in mind, maybe something with a cute wrap top and some fluttery sleeves. The tie dye print is so large and fun, I thought a maxi dress was really going to be the best way to showcase it! But when I received it, I couldn’t ever seem to commit to a pattern when I looked at it. I loved the idea of making some tie dye leggings, but I kept having this silly idea that the fabric was too pretty and too soft to be something as simple and usable as that! I held on to it longer than I planned, and finally January rolled around… And with it came the Activewear themed Sew My Style month, as well as the #SewFancyPants challenge. I took this lovely combination as a sign that this fabric was, in fact, meant to be a pair of fancy pants leggings, and finally went about cutting into it!