I have really been enjoying how Trish Newbery patterns have met my criteria as far as sewing classic knit basics for my Fall/Winter wardrobe this year. This is the Piper Sweater sewn up in a faux suede stretch fabric.
The Piper is designed as a slouchy, snuggly sweater that offers your choice of turtleneck/funnel neck, roll collar or crew neck finishes. The sleeves can be made with a puff or straight sleeve along with a short or long cuff option. There is a tunic length option for wearing with leggings as well as the more cropped version. Once again it is the kind of pattern that offers many options that made with a variety of fabrics will help to build a wonderful seasonal capsule wardrobe.
With the holiday season only a few weeks away I chose to sew my Piper Sweater up in a stretch faux suede so that I had something comfortable but chic to add to my holiday wardrobe choices. It will be perfect for casual Christmas gatherings or it can be layered under a fancy coat for outdoor gatherings or Christmas events.
The faux suede offers a wonderfully luxurious look as well as comfort all in one. This fabric was sourced from a local fabric shop. It has a buttery soft texture and it is really nice to sew. I used an overlocker for the entire outfit except for the double needle finishes on the skirt and cuff hem.
I made a size large . This pattern is made for a 5"6" model so being 6 feet tall I had to lengthen the sleeves, bodice and cuffs by several inches. I also doubled the width of the waist band so that it would create a more proportionate wide band for my height. I drafted the waist band down by two sizes for a snugger fit over my hips, and did the same for the turtleneck as I like a tighter fit so it doesn't look floppy. Trish Newbery provides a sew along YouTube for this pattern. You can find it here. For the self drafted skirt I used the same waist band technique and size that I used for the top. That way the top lies flat over the skirt giving it the illusion of a dress. It is a great to wear together and I also have two versatile separates to combine with other outfits that I can dress up or down.
I am really pleased with this make overall. It was a great mix of fabric coupled with a an easy to sew pattern. Its always so rewarding to create an entire outfit that adds versatility and style to your wardrobe. After all.... There is Sew Much To Design