Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My "Luxe Sweatshirt" (semi) Winner!

McCalls 6614

A better pic of the fabric up close:
My favorite local fabric shop, Haberman Fabrics, hosted a "Luxe Sweatshirt Contest" this month, so I quickly gathered my supplies and got to work. The only requirement was that 100% of the fabric had to be purchased at Haberman's.  I found some gorgeous coordinating fabrics: a wool blend knit (like a very fine sweater knit or thick jersey in black and taupe) and a sparkly lurex tweed. 1 1/2 yd of wool + 1/2 yd of tweed = Comfort and Sparkle!
There are 2 rounds of contest voting... Round 1 was by "facebook likes" on the Haberman Fabrics page.  Then, Round 2 requires the Top 5 to bring their shirts and a panel of judges will score them based on "Creative use of unexpected fabrics, unique design and neat construction". Top 5 get $25 gift cards, and 1st place gets $100 gift card, a $70 notions package, Kai scissors and exposure to Haberman customers.

With only 8 shirts entered, the odds were in my favor, I landed in the top 5 and won a gift card!

The only trouble I had was trying to decide how to hem it.  The "woven/knit" combo was a little tricky, and I didn't want to roll it (making it fat).  I serged the bottom edge, and used "Steam a Seam" to hold it in place (I hate when knits stretch under a straight stitch), and then did a very subtle zig-zag.

It wears like a nice sweater, very soft and comfortable and the hem line says "top" instead of "sweatshirt" since it's not banded and bulky. I'm happy with the sleeve stripe and love the way it pairs with both jeans and khakis.  A definite "winner", regardless of the contest's outcome!

10 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Congrats! Its a great luxe sweatshirt and the stripe down the sleeve does set it apart!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Congratulations! It looks great :)

L said...

Congratulations on the win. I like the mix of texture and fabric. You have another winner, though I am still swooning over the deer-sweater knit jacket. =).... <---drool

sdBev said...

It is gorgeous. Not sweat shirty at all.

Gail said...

This sweatshirt just works! I can see you making a lot of them.

Bunny said...

Well deserved award! Love the contrast of the fabrics. Looks wonderful, Kristine.

Nursebennett said...

Wow! You make such great garments that look totally stylish, yet comfortable and the construction is excellent. I just love your blog! Good luck! Hope you win the jackpot!

Lori said...

Congrats on the win and love this luxe on you. Thanks for the heads-up on the pattern, putting it on my list to buy.

Linda said...

Congrats on making the top 5. Your luxe sweatshirt looks very nice and as Carolyn said the stripe down the sleeve sets it apart.

Kyle said...

YAY for landing in the top 5!!! It looks great!
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