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

January 5, 2021

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!

Hummingbirds are special to me, which is why I was drawn to this fabric. A few years into our marriage, my husband and I happened to see some hummingbirds floating around in our backyard. As we watched that first hummingbird, we got to talking and came to find out that we both associated hummingbirds with our late grandmothers. It was a special sweet thing to share, and I loved that despite the fact that our grandmothers lived very different lives on completely different continents, they were both still brought to our minds by this same sweet little bird in our backyard!

This fabric is like a warm cozy hug. I received it in the heat of the ridiculous Texas summer, and quite honestly put off making anything with it right away because I knew that there was no way it would get much wear at that time! I finally sewed up this lovely Kyoto Sweatshirt, but as the heat outside made no efforts at leaving, it ended up hanging and waiting to be worn for quite a while. As the temperatures cooled down to the mid- to high-80s, I finally decided that it was cool enough to wear it… At least with a pair of shorts!

Since then, as I mentioned above, it’s been a bit of a love affair. When I want to be comfy and cozy, but also need to look like I didn’t just roll out of bed, this tends to be what I reach for. The colors pair nicely with every color of denim I own, but I think it would also look great with an off-white or white pair of bottoms as well! I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this one right away!

Sweatshirt: handmade by me
Fabric: Minerva – Lady McElroy – Hummingbird Feathers Ponte Roma Jersey Knit
Pattern: Papercut Patterns – Kyoto Sweater 

Key Ingredients: 
Brother XR9500PRW Sewing Machine 
Brother 1034D Overlocker 
Schmetz Jersey Ballpoint Needles
Dahle 36×48 Self-healing Cutting Mat
Heat & Bond Soft Stretch (Lite)

You can read a full, detailed post about this garment over on my page at Minerva. Though the fabric used in this post was generously provided to me by the awesome team at Minerva, all words and opinions expressed 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

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