Hello! It is finally starting to feel like AUTUMN here in my area, and honestly? I’m waffling about the whole thing. Two days ago, we had temperatures in the low 80s. I lamented that while I love a nice 80 degree day, it felt like a full week into November felt a little late in the game to be holding out with warm muggy days! However, yesterday we woke up to temperatures just barely above freezing and spent the majority of the day in the 40s. Apparently, I cannot be satisfied, because this was also unsatisfactory to me. Does anyone like this type of weather? I most certainly do not. However, last weekend we spent a lovely weekend in the woods in Broken Bow, Oklahoma… And THAT was peak autumn perfection. Chilly evenings required a jacket, but sunny afternoons got close to the mid-70s.
The best part of this was that I could wear my newest make, a sweatshirt sewn from See You at Six fabrics, as stocked at June + Lu Fabrics! Perfect sweater weather throughout the weekend, and honestly one of the first weekends that a sweater in the daylight wasn’t a miserable, sweltering choice! I felt cozy and warm all day long.
The fabrics used for this sweater were from the most recent SYAS release with June + Lu Fabrics. I fell in love with the Hogweed print, and I went back and forth on what I envisioned making with it and whether the linen of french terry was the way to go. I was leaning towards the linen, but I realized that everything I imagined making was some sort of strappy maxi dress that didn’t match the vaguely Christmassy vibes I was getting from the print, so I ultimately decided french terry was the winner! I also got some coordinating ribbing, and for a little pop of color (and linen!) I added in the coordinating toadstool purple linen.
I keep a list of patterns that I have in my collection that haven’t been used yet, and I’ve been hoping to sew the WIlder Gown for some time. While hacking on the first go isn’t my usual preference, I decided that I’d give it a go this time around. After seeing lots of great versions of the Wilder Gown sweatshirt hack, I decided that’s what this great fabric would be.
I measured into the Large size, and after reading over the hack details on the Friday Pattern Co, website – which suggested sewing the knit hack in your typical size – I cut out the large. I will note that it does indeed feel more oversized than I intended, and I am planning on sizing down for future versions, both woven and knit. That aside, I simply followed the directions for creating the top version of the Wilder Gown, but finished the sleeve and waist hems with ribbing bands! I actually ended up using pattern pieces from another pattern rather than wing it entirely, in hopes this would increase the likelihood that they’d be appropriately sized. It seems it worked – all pieces work well together and fit wel!
This fabric is so lush and comfortable to wear! I felt wrapped up in coziness all day – and I couldn’t wait to wash it after our trip so that I could wear it again soon. See You at Six is such great quality, that I think you can’t go wrong with any print, substrate, whatever. If it comes from SYAS, you know it is going to be lovely. I believe this was my first time to sew with their knits, and I was excited to see how great they would be. I wasn’t disappointed!
If you haven’t checked out June + Lu Fabrics yet – what are you waiting for? They only carry top quality lines, including lots of beautiful See You at Six! I always feel peaceful and ready to plan some great makes when I’m scrolling through the beautiful things they offer. They also offer some EUropean fabrics that aren’t particularly easy to find here stateside. Right now, I’m trying to decide what I might need to make in linen soon – they have so many beautiful linens!
Sweatshirt: handmade by me
Pattern: Friday Pattern Company – Wilder Gown (hacked!)
Fabric: June + Lu Fabrics – See You at Six Fabrics – Hogwood French Terry / Bridal Blush Ribbed Knit / Toadstool Purple Linen Viscose Blend
Thanks for reading my thoughts on this pattern! The fabric used in this garment was provided to me as an ambassador for June + Lu Fabrics, in exchange for posting about the products I’d received! The pattern used here was purchased by me. All words and opinions expressed throughout this post are my own, as always. Links provided throughout this post may be affiliate links – if you choose to purchase any products through these links, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you. This simply helps me justify the costs of my sewing habit and the time it takes to share it with you!! Happy Sewing!
- XX Elizabeth