Completed: Pinnacle Sweatshirt

11 Dec

Have y’all seen the new Geo Collection from Papercut Patterns? It’s no big secret that I am a DIEHARD Papercut Fangirl, but this recent collection really blew me away more than usual (which is saying a lot!). I love everything that was released and have many plans!

To start, I wanted to try out the Pinnacle Top. I find this pattern really interesting as it can be made with either a woven or a knit, which really changes the finished look! I love the geometric design on the front, and the pattern itself has some crazy looking pieces that come together in a very origami-like fashion. Pretty standard of Papercut Patterns, which is part of what I find so appealing about them!

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

I really want to try the v-neck version of this pattern, in a soft linen or even a drapey silk – but for this time of year, the sweatshirt is king. I love that I can sew my own sweatshirts, which gives me the ability to add cool design features or use fancy fabrics. Nothing like the basic stuff I wore when I was a kid! And this pattern looked like it would be fun to put together, and I assumed correctly.

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

I had this super soft bamboo French Terry in my stash that I purchased from Mood Fabrics earlier this year… it comes in a load of amazing colors, and while I WANTED to stick with my TNT black/grey colorways, I went a little wild and ended up with 2 yards of Moroccan Blue. Almost more like a teal, this is a very deep, rich blue. I love it and I’m happy to report it’s seamlessly worked its way into coordinating with *most* of my wardrobe (unlike some colors that I try out and then realize I have nothing to wear them with!).

The fabric itself is amazing. Like I said, it is super soft on both sides, thanks to the bamboo. The terry loops are very fine and small, which means the fabric isn’t bulky – but it is dense and heavy. It also has a great amount of 4 way stretch, which makes me think this would be an ideal fabric for lounge pants (leggings, joggers, whatever keeps ya warm on the couch). At $20/yard, it certainly is not cheap – but it’s super fucking wide (I still have quite a bit left from my 2 yard cut after making this sweatshirt) and it washes and wears great. The only downside I have noticed is that it does wrinkle when you store it folded in the drawer – which is easily solved by tossing it in the dryer for a few minutes before wearing (and bonus, it’s like PUTTING ON A HUG! omg you guys why I am I so alone). Traveling or don’t have a dryer? Laying it out flat in the bathroom while taking a hot shower also does the trick!

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

I’m sorry, I don’t know how I ended up with so many of what is basically the same picture. It’s either feast or famine when it comes to me and my camera, deal with it.

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

So, the pattern piece for this shirt is really interesting! It’s GIGANTIC (which means you really do need to pay attention to the fabric requirements), and goes together in a way that makes a shirt with no shoulder seams. The pieces are assembled with center front seams (in the form of this cool-ass triangle) and a center back seam, then closed with side seams (which gives you the chance to tweak the fit a little if needed). I made mine with one piece of fabric, although the geometric design on the front would lend itself well to colorblocking. For a little added interest, I used the wrong side out on the top triangle of my shirt, so you can see the texture of the French terry there, but the shirt in general is pretty monochromatic otherwise.

I sewed a size XS based on my measurements, which gives a nice, roomy fit. For future makes, I may side down to the XXS as I feel like I’m swimming a little in this version.

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

Construction-wise, not much to report here. I sewed this almost entirely my serger, which made this a really fast and efficient make. My one tip is to be careful with where the seams intersect at the center front, and baste them in place (either by machine or by hand) before sewing them for real. The seamlines matching are pretty essential to this shirt looking good, and if you baste them first, you can rip them out if they don’t match up!

Pinnacle Sweatshirt made with Mood Fabrics

I’ve been wearing this sweatshirt a lot since I finished it – it’s perfect for staying cozy around the house, but also looks pulled-together if I need to step out or have an unexpected delivery. Secret pajamas are always a go in my world!

*Note: The fabrics used in this post were provided to me by Mood Fabrics, in exchange for my participation in the Mood Sewing Network. All opinions are my own!


12 Responses to “Completed: Pinnacle Sweatshirt”

  1. Lori B. December 11, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    I love this, Lauren, and the colour looks great on you! I’m afraid I am going to have to copy, as you reminded me I have some navy blue bamboo french terry in my stash that would be perfect for this. I’m with you on Papercut — there is always some interesting detail on their patterns that make them a little different.

    • LLADYBIRD December 11, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      Go on and copy away! The only caveat is if we ever run into each other and happen to be wearing matching garments, know that I WILL insist on a photograph 😛

  2. Deborah December 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Love this bamboo french terry. I ordered a swatch from Mood several months ago and need to order this fabric. My plan was to make a v-neck tunic/sweatshirt garment from this. Lovely work!

    • LLADYBIRD December 11, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      Isn’t it amazing?! I kind of want all my bedding to be made out of this fabric. So soft and warm!

  3. Sharon December 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    When I looked at the sweatshirt pattern, the line drawing showed it as more of a cropped top than a full on sweatshirt. On you it looks to be a longer in the body. Is it cropped or not?

    • LLADYBIRD December 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      No, it’s definitely not cropped. And the addition of the hem band makes it a little longer. It would also be simple to lengthen if you don’t like the length as designed.

  4. steelyseamstress December 11, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    Love this. I looks so warm and cosy and I love the use of the wrong side of the fabric for the top triangle. I think that Papercut’s new collection is absolutely awesome and I’ve already bought the Palisade pants, but now I’m really intrigued by the interesting design of the Pinnacle top. But then I think the Fjord cardi looks cool too. Should buy the lot really!

    • MySewbbatical December 11, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

      YES! after seeing this jumper made up, my fingers are itching to go to Papercut’s website. Love the contrast matte side with the neckline triangle. I’ve bought their Palisades pants and Sierra jumpsuit. BUT would put the credit card down for alllll the collections! So much love for Papercut<3

  5. bethnegrey December 12, 2018 at 12:47 am #

    This is really gorgeous — architecture in a pattern. And stunning color! My fave of Papercut’s is still the Coppelia top. Still lovin’ ballet togs after all these years 🙂

  6. whofilets December 13, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

    Oh wow that collection looks cool as hell! I was thinking about some pants similar to the Palisades pants.
    Also that blue looks really good with your skin and your current hair color.


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