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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sewing the By Hand London Hannah Wrap Top in Lady McElroy cotton lawn from Minerva
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Hydrangea Print Hannah Wrap Top with Minerva

By Hand London has done it again. The functional wrap top design, the giant billowy sleeves… It’s another winner of a pattern! I’m not at all surprised – when I first began sewing, I wanted to sew By Hand London patterns exclusively. Their feminine, soft aesthetic appealed to me and I bought up almost all of their patterns right away. To this day, many of my favorite me-made pieces are sewn from BHL patterns! This top was sewn with a beautiful Lady McElroy cotton lawn sent to me by Minerva – enjoy!

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