sewing a faux suede Estelle Jacket hack with Minerva
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Stretch Faux Suede Estelle Jacket – HACKED! – with Minerva

Alright, guys. You may have noticed that I am not your go-to girl for ideas on how to hack a pattern. There are some people who inhabit that niche in the sewing world beautifully, but I am decidedly NOT one of them. Throughout my life, I’ve often thought of myself as faux-creative. What I mean by this is that if you give me a great recipe, I can give you a great meal. This holds true in the literal kitchen, where I can cook anything and everything from a recipe and make it taste pretty authentic, but if you give me a handful of items and ask me to go to town Chopped-style, you will find yourself sorely disappointed. It translates out of the kitchen, though, into almost all creative aspects of my life, including sewing. I’m always so impressed by those of you that see a RTW piece and hack an existing pattern into a perfect match… But that just ain’t me. But today, I’m showing off one of my more detailed attempts at pattern hacking!

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sewing the I Am Lion pattern in ivory lurex sweat shirting with Minerva
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I Am Lion in Ivory Lurex Sweatshirting with Minerva

I originally chose this lovely, ivory colored fabric with the intent of adding a cute, very neutral piece to my wardrobe. I figured it would be something that I could pair with almost anything, adding accessories to outfits to make it brighter or more neutral. But then Tabitha Sewer came along with her snazzy button collection this past spring, and I had to add some extra to this sweatshirt right away!

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sewing the I Am Zebra sweatshirt with Minerva
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I Am Zebre in Petrol with Minerva

This sweatshirt was really the inspiration for all of the sewing for my trip to Spain in early 2020! As you may recall from some of my previous blog posts about my Spain travel wardrobe, cute and comfortable sweatshirts were really the main agenda when I decided to sew up an entire suitcase worth of clothes in one week. I wanted my clothes to be able to withstand long hours dragging suitcases up and down cobblestone streets while pushing my girl in a stroller, but also to make me look intentional and put together, not like someone who just rolled out of bed and into a Cathedral for a tour.

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sewing the Kyoto Sweater in Lady McElroy Ponte from Minerva
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Hummingbird Kyoto Sweatshirt with Minerva

Want to know a secret? I wasn’t sure that I loved this sweatshirt once I finally finished it. It seemed like a great combination – pattern that I love, fabric that I love – but for some reason the final product was underwhelming. It was incredibly comfortable though, so I found myself reaching for it pretty regularly. The more I wear it, the more I love it. Now, after many (many!) months of wear, I can attest that I do, in fact, love this cozy sweatshirt. Who could’ve known!

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