I sewed this sweatshirt up about a year ago and shared it over on the Minerva website, but I wasn’t sure that I would ever post it here on my own blog. These photos are from right after we went into the first round of COVID lockdowns, and looking back at these photos brings back the anxiety and out of place feelings I had at the time. I didn’t feel like myself and was just trying to hold it all together from day to day! However, I still really like this sweatshirt as a comfy and cute piece to wear at home, so I figured it deserves a second to shine here!
I feel like there is a subset of the sewing world that is entirely devoted to linen. I mean, people LOVE this stuff. I’ve never fully understood – it isn’t that I particularly don’t like linen, but I have just never been head over heels for it the way many people seem to be! Admittedly, this was only my third linen garment but still… I just couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. So I was excited to try out this fabric (which I chose for the print and colors, not the substrate!) and see if my thoughts would change.
Since I was young, I’ve mainly built my wardrobe on bright neon colors and big, fun prints – usually florals. However, I’ve always really loved the simplicity of a good black and white stripe. Two of my all-time favorite sweaters that I’ve owned, both of which are still in my closet today, were black and white striped. I love that it is a combination of a classic print and classic, neutral colors but it still offers something a little more bold and interesting than your solid black or white.
In the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of travelling overseas for a few weeks at a time, both times during the cooler months of winter. My husband and I love to travel and see as much as we can when we travel, so I normally try to plan out a strategic wardrobe that will fit into one suitcase and can be washed and reworn frequently. This typically means LEGGINGS. So I finally made some… And they were an adventure.