This month’s theme is pajamas and I am a total sweatshirt and sweatpants pajama girl. My perfect Saturday is lounging at home (probably sewing) with a sweatshirt and leggings on.
I’ve been eyeing the Tulip Top pattern for a while now – I think it’s such a fun style and I really love the ability to make a couple different versions of it. The Tulip features a front crossover option, a back crossover option, or a straight hem option. It also features a short or long sleeve so you can make it for different seasons.
This quilted knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics has been in my stash for a while (similar fabric here) and it was just calling my name when I was brainstorming for this project. I used another french terry from my stash for the cuffs and neckband too and think they were the perfect pair color wise!
Originally, I had planned on putting on the binding on the bottom of the sweatshirt, but my mauve french terry wasn’t as stretchy as it needed it to be, so it didn’t look as good as I wanted it to. I decided to remove the binding and sew a traditional hem on the top. Because of that, mine turned out a little shorter than I expected but I think it looks really cute with a tank top and leggings!
I have a couple other Tulips planned – but for all of them, I think I want to lengthen them a little bit. I was actually at a workout class this week and saw a ready to wear top similar to the Tulip Top, but with a banded hem in a more drape-y knit. I’m going to give that a go next!
Sweatshirt patterns are my favorite because I can never seem to have too many in my closet! Also, they make great gifts because fit isn’t so important. For this sweatshirt, I made a size medium which was the closest size to my actual measurements. I think it fits great – but with most knits, it depends on the fabric. As this knit has less stretch than most, it fits more structured.
I see many Tulip Tops in my future, and I think with different fabrics they will look totally different! (aff link)
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