Matching knitwear was one the biggest trends last season (see here). Of course I planned on making my own and of course I finished late (and blogged it even later), but well, it fits me nice and it is warm and fluffy! If I don’t use it to much this season, a new Winter will come in a few months!
This all started in the usual way. I see pretty fabric, I buy it. Then I start to think what am I going to make with it. Eventually I decided I wanted to make a bodycon midi dress. I loved the idea, but when I finished I looked too much like a teddy bear, because of the fluffiness of the fabric. I also got to learn that horizontal stripes don’t make you look any taller or thinner… I drafted the pattern by copying a fitted sweater I own. I just added length and broaden it around the hips. Once the dress was done (and I realized it didn’t look as I thought it would), I just took the scissors and broke it in two. From there just added a hem to the bottom of the new sweater and used elastic to finish the (now) mini skirt. For the hems I used a double needle. (Btw, it’s really fun to thread the machine twice!) And there you go, DIY matching knitwear!
I’m really glad I decided to make it a two piece. It’s a lot more versatile and allows a lot more options. Here are some pictures of me wearing it. Due to the stretch of the knit, it’s really easy to achieve a good fit. And because it is so furry, it’s actually pretty warm.
What do you think? Are you also a fan of matching knitwear? Btw, this was also the project that made me buy a walking foot. I wasn’t able to match the stripes on the side seams otherwise. And I can only tell you, best investment ever!