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.
When the team at Sinclair Patterns asked if I’d like to try out one of their patterns, I fell for the Lauren Draped Top pretty quickly. I’ve been on a mission to bulk out the tops section of my wardrobe recently, and I thought this would be such a great piece. I’ve not made many pieces with any type of draped detail like this, so I also thought it would be a fun new skill to try out. I knew that I wanted my first version to be in some sort of leopard print (because along with beefing up my top collection, I’m all about beefing up my animal print collection lately!), but I think this pattern would also be a great way to spice up some otherwise simple solid color pieces! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on this cool pattern with you on the blog 🙂
When I started to think about my 2020 sewing plans, I wanted to do something that made sense for me, my sewing desires, and my habit of adding things to or changing my sewing plans entirely on a regular basis. I recognized that I had less interest in sewing certain patterns than I did in working through my fabric stash, and it hit me. I went to my fabric shelf, and began setting aside different cuts of fabric – some that were just barely out of season enough to have fallen off my priority list, some that were too pretty to pass up but I’d never had any idea what I wanted to sew them into, some that I’d purchased with a clear plan for but never sewn up, and some that had simply become so precious as they’d sat on the shelf that I’d become afraid to finally cut into them! I had planned to turn this fabric into a Toaster Sweater back when I’d bought it in 2018, but it kept getting pushed aside, so it became my January Fabric! Come see how it turned out, and learn a little bit more about #MonthlyMakeMyStash on today’s blog post!
Here’s the thing with poncho sweaters… They are insanely comfortable, they are like wearing a sweater hug, you can eat whatever you like and not worry about post-meal bloaty belly, and you still look put together the whole time. I mean seriously? You can’t lose here. This sweater was perfect for travel, and sewed up so quickly and easily! I’m so happy to finally share it on the blog today!