Hey mamas! How are you? Hope this post finds you well.
Things have been a bit crazy/hectic lately, due to the holidays. I think we are just now starting to get back into some semblance of normal (whatever THAT is. haha). I’ve sewn up a few things over the course of the last couple weeks and haven’t shared them. At first, I wasn’t going to. They aren’t for any pattern tests and weren’t freebies or gifts. But they are super warm, cozy and fun patterns that I love, so I figure I may as well share them, right?
First up is this Halla Slim Dolman that I made in some of my Sincerely Rylee sweater knit. I received the sweater knit as part of my first (and certainly not last!) mystery bundles from them. While I loved all the other colors instantly, this one had to grow on me. I kept looking at it and thinking I would make something for my hubby, but regardless of how I felt about the color, it was the SOFTEST fabric of them all, and I ended up being selfish with it. It kept calling to me from the fabric drawer.
If you’ve been reading any of my posts (like this one or this one), you have probably noticed that I’ve become a bit obsessed with the Slim Dolman pattern from Halla Patterns. I have never found a pattern that I’ve loved this much. Crazy, because I didn’t think I liked the dolman style to begin with. But now every time I get a fabric in, I think how great it would look as one! Do you have any patterns like that? You can find a code to get the slim dolman for free by visiting the Halla Patterns Facebook group. I also found the pattern piece to create these fun thumbhole cuffs there, too! I believe you can still find it in the files section of the group, but I’m not 100% certain. Good luck! The thumbholes added an extra layer of comfort to this already super luxe sweater. I seriously don’t want to take it off. I finally did…because I needed to wash it. But it’s in the dryer tonight, which means I can wear it tomorrow! yay!
My favorite thing about the slim dolman pattern is that it looks great no matter what fabric you use for it. It handles 2 way or 4 way stretch, thicker or thinner knits, soft or shiny ones…and looks great no matter which ones you’ve used. I love that by modifying the pattern just a tiny bit, you can get a different look. For this version, I made the long tunic length, then banded it. I added the thumbhole cuffs to the arms, after cutting them at the “hemming” line, so they would be extra long. I raised the neckline up a hair and dropped the armcyse down on the bodice for more of a bat wing feel. What do you think?
For my second wintery piece, I used the Ellie and Mac Stay Cozy jacket pattern to create this gorgeous cardigan. It has a fully lined (large) hood, fun hemline that comes to a point down past the bodice pieces and a tie/belt loops that go around the waist. I have seen some who weren’t pleased with the way this pattern looked on them, but personally, I thought it fit perfectly. It was a bit loose, but not overwhelmingly so, and when wrapped around me and tied, looked chic and perfect, even on top of multiple layers. (very important for the super low temperatures we have been getting here)
This pattern could easily be made into a thicker jacket type of piece, if you were to use a warmer, sturdier fabric. Once again, I used my sweater knit from Sincerely Rylee and am so pleased with both the color and the shape of the piece! I’ve found that it goes well with just about everything in my closet and I can wear it many different ways to get different looks. My favorite thing about it by far is the hood, though. The hood is oversized (it’s meant to be that way 🙂 ) and is perfect for windy days or super cold ones. I can wear it over beanies, hats and scarves, if need be. I love that it looks chic, yet still functions well enough to keep the chill off. you can’t ask for better from a pattern, especially in winter!
Oh yeah! Pockets! It has big, usable pockets! These may rival the hood for my favorite thing, after all. It’s incredibly clever to have them at hip height, the way the pattern placed them. They’re deep enough to hold my phone and everything without spilling out when I sit down. I will definitely be making more than a couple of these Stay Cozy Jackets! I’ll be ordering more of Darcey’s sweater knits soon, as well! What is your favorite fabric or pattern for winter? Have you found a favorite or have you been exploring different things? I would love to hear from you!
Sweater knits can be found here: Sincerely Rylee Fabric Shop
Slim dolman pattern can be found on the Halla site here: Halla Patterns
Stay cozy jacket pattern can be found here: Ellie and Mac Women’s Stay Cozy Jacket Pattern
Thank so much for stopping by and reading! Have an incredible day!
April Simpson Hunt