I love fall! I love the cool, crisp air. I love watching the colors move through their journey from green to yellow and gold, to crimson and rust. I love the soups and spices that happen this time of year. The only part that I don't love is knowing that for the next several months I will be battling icy sidewalks, snowdrifts, power outages and arctic windchills. I know some people love the snow, but as my healing time has lengthened, I am much more worried about tumbling than I used to be. Cold and snow are parts of the Michigan seasons that I will be glad to watch from a distance. But for now, I am loving the weather!
Having lived with four seasons all my life, I can't quite wrap my little brain around 'no cold.' I have been making a new summer wardrobe to have in my new place, but this time of year I am just itching to break out the wool! To quell the urge I hauled out a cotton jersey that has a mock quilting pattern. It's kind of a mateliasse kind of thing. It looks warmer than it is. I thought it would make a great sweatshirt for the few cool nights that might crop up. But I didn't want a plain 'ol sweatshirt...I wanted a more 'designery' sweatshirt. I did some trolling around on Pinterest (you can see some of my finds to the right ->) to see what kind of details might up the cache of my sweatshirt.
I settled on a cropped style with some kind of gathered hem. As a starting point, I pulled out my tried and true Tabula Rasa pattern. As I have said before, it seems to cover a huge range of styles and I know it will fit the way I like when I'm finished. I cut out the main pieces and left them long while I pondered how to finish the hem. This is just the kind of project I love. No definite plan, just a sketchy idea and a few detail options to get me going. I can always hear Diane Ericson in my head, "do the part you know!"
This is also the kind of project that I get caught up in and forget about taking photos of the process. Ooops!
I wanted those Kangaroo pouchy front pockets that you get on sweatshirts, but a bit more 'elegant.' (If "elegant" is a word that you can use to describe a sweatshirt?!) Tabula Rasa side seams are the perfect place to set in pockets and I decided to line the shirt with a very light weight bamboo knit which meant I could use it for the inside of my pockets by just stitching through from the front. The seams of the pattern are forward from the actual side of the body so the pocket placement is really ideal for getting your hands in and out easily.