This is the year that I accept that I am cold-blooded and need warm clothes more than cute clothes. My goal for the coming months is compromise. Try to make clothes that will be warm first and cute second. In past winters, I’ve made a bunch of cute clothes that weren’t all that warm and have hung in my closet, unworn. Vogue 1197 is a good start. The fabric is an ITY jersey from http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/ and one was of a pile of ITYs that I bought last week. I have a love/hate relationship with ITY jersey. My local fabric stores only stock juvenile prints in jersey, so I have to buy all my jersey online. ITY jersey is the most commonly found printed jersey but can be inconsistent. Some feels like cotton jersey, some feels like exercise wear. I got lucky with this fabric. It’s warm and soft, with a good stretch and recovery. While the print is a touch too tie-dye to be a favorite, it is purple, which I love.
Vogue 1197 is my first “Today’s Fit”, designed by Sandra Betzina. I have several of her books, but her designs are not usually to my liking. This one is the first Sandra Betzina pattern that works with my style. I love the cowl neck and the sleeve ruching. Not only does it add interest to the sleeve, it adds warmth. This is the first raglan tee pattern that has fit my narrow shoulders well. The only downside of this design is that there is no waist shaping. It is cut straight through the waist and only 1in flare at the hip. I knew this would not be flattering for me, so I lined up my TnT New Look tee and drew a fitted waist on this pattern. I love this top and can’t wait to make more.