My Bowline Sweater: A Sweater with a Twist
It's starting to get chilly on some days here, now. For the past few weeks, I've been finding myself "freezing," even though it's still over 15 degrees out! In fact, when I had a cold a little while back, I couldn't stop thinking about planning my fall wardrobe and the first item on that list was the Bowline Sweater from Papercut Patterns.
While this is my first Papercut pattern, it's definitely not my first me-made sweater. I was immediately attracted to this pattern years ago, though, due to its front unique front pleat. The end result is literally a sweater with a twist (pun intended, sorry!).
I don't know about you, but I definitely appreciated this fresh take on the standard sweater pattern. What I've been noticing in the sewing pattern industry, as of late, is the regurgitation of essentially the same garment over and over again by different brands. There aren't that many patterns out there that really differentiate themselves from other similar offerings so, thanks, Papercut Patterns for the Bowline Sweater!
What that being said, while the sweater does look a lot more complicated to sew than, say, the Linden Sweatshirt, it really wasn't! Just take a leap of faith, pull up Papercut's tutorial for the sweater, and just go with it, step by step. Really, once you're done the pleat, it's smooth sailing from there.
The end result is a comfy sweater that can be dressed up or dressed down. I picked a very drapey metallic knit to sew mine up in, but I believe it'd look great in a thicker double knit or ponte. I especially love mine worn tucked in as it appears neater and more polished. There's one outfit I've created with all me-mades on my blog that's going to go on repeat in my closet with this sweater, my red Mabel Skirt and my new Kate Camisole.
Don't you just love when your handmade clothes go together? I need to be more proactive in planning so that they do!