You’d think that with a zip sweater pattern called the “Hawthorn” I would have already made one for my Hawthorne. Especially given the fact that I’ve had fabric set aside for it for months. But that’s life! A sweater in summer would have been dumb anyway, right? So here it finally is!
This pattern is one by Titchy Threads for the Willow and Co pattern collective.
Back in May I participated in their pattern tour, and you can see my other takes on their patterns here
Hawthorne looks pretty handsome in his little half zip doesn’t he? This was one of those projects that was in imminent danger of being tossed into the scrap pile, so I’m glad I managed to fight through and finish. For some reason I had really bad sewing mojo with this one.
Having already had great success with two other Titchy patterns (small fry skinny jeans version one, version two is still unblogged, and fancy pants leggings) I have built in trust with her patterns. The small fries are a work of art, IMO. So I’m not sure where things went so wonky with me on this one.
My kitchen was littered in zipper teeth, plucked after several failed installs and rippings out. Hand sewing new zip stops, because my machine has decided to boycott wide zig zags right now, I was spilling swear words all over my work. The zipper repeatedly was too long, and my facings wound up getting all wonky from all the sewing and ripping out. Things got weird.
But this fabric was so nice, and I had already spent so much time trying to make it work, that I just kept going until things were good enough.
As you can see, the zipper is in, but it’s not beautiful. Hawthorne hasn’t said anything about it though. He’s a sweet one.
My first plan was to go with the full zip option, which would have been a lot more straightforward and doable for a sewing mess like me, but despite the thousands of zippers I have hoarded away in a plastic bag (a score from digging through some free sewing stuff in a rather sketchy situation), I didn’t have a separating zip that was going to work. They were all really heavy metal (insert guitar riff and headbang) and not right for this lightweight and delicate french terry. The fabric is a loose knit, and I was nervous that the weight would make it sag.
This sweater will be great for trips to the beach when we head back to my hometown in Oregon in a few days. It’s cozy without being toasty……In case abstract descriptions are your thing.
I think I just cried inside at the reminder that I have to fly across the country with my kids. If I had a superpower, I would ask for the power to make people go to sleep. Can you imagine?
This guy is a bundle of awesome energy and noise. So basically perfect for five hour + stretches of time stuffed into a tin can with a bunch of other cranky people hurtling through the sky. I’m hoping the flight attendants will enjoy the inevitable glimpses of my boob they’re in for. Then there’s violet…… The child with no settings but “run” and “pass out”.
I’m hoping their charm is stronger than their tantrums
My blogging is sporadic anyway, but it’ll be even more spotty while we’re on our long vacation. You just might hear from me on the road though! Every time we head back to Oregon for a long trip, I always wish I had kept a travel journal to remember all the details that fade from memory quickly after we return. Who wants to pester me to get me to do it this time?