Leopard Print and a New Year

DIY leopard print sweater by Sartorial Seamstress. The sweater features a bottom band, crew neckline and bishop sleeves. It was made using Hey June Handmade’s Sheridan Sweater pattern and fabric from JoAnn.

Happy New Year! Yes, yes, I know it’s February, but this is my first post of the new year and my first chance to wish you a Happy New Year! So, 2019 was a bit of an odd year for me, and it seemed that some things sort of fell by the wayside. Unfortunately, my blog was one of those things. I wasn’t even sewing as much as I usually do. Truth is, I’ve really missed both. So, this year, I’m going to re-dedicate myself to my blog and to consistent posting. I can’t promise I’ll be posting every week – there may be times when I miss a few weeks – but my goal is to sew more, write more and post more. Here I come, 2020!

DIY leopard print sweater by Sartorial Seamstress. The sweater features a bottom band, crew neckline and bishop sleeves. It was made using Hey June Handmade’s Sheridan Sweater pattern and fabric from JoAnn.

Now that all of that is out of the way, my first post of the year is this fun little leopard (cheetah? I can never tell the difference) print sweater. I whipped this up in December, in between sewing some Christmas gifts. While waiting for some fabric to be delivered, I figured why not make myself a little something.

This is Hey June Handmade’s newest pattern, the Sheridan Sweater. I believe this was released right around Thanksgiving, and I picked it up in their Black Friday sale. This is a great pattern and has several different options for the waistband, length, sleeve type and neckline. I decided to make the full-length view A with no alterations.

DIY leopard print sweater by Sartorial Seamstress. The sweater features a bottom band, crew neckline and bishop sleeves. It was made using Hey June Handmade’s Sheridan Sweater pattern and fabric from JoAnn.

 Not only are all the views super cute, but this is an easy and VERY quick sew.  While I’ve been sewing for most of my life, I am not a fast sewer. So, if I say a pattern is a quick sew, you can believe it. From start to finish, I think it took me an hour or less. Except for gathering the sleeves, I sewed the entire thing solely on my serger.

Making this sweater entirely on the serger was quite a departure for me. I will typically sew a garment on my regular sewing machine and then finish the seams on the serger. Going right to the serger makes me nervous, because there isn’t much room for error. This time, however, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it go! I must say, I am quite pleased with the result, and it certainly added to the swift construction.

DIY leopard print sweater by Sartorial Seamstress. The sweater features a bottom band, crew neckline and bishop sleeves. It was made using Hey June Handmade’s Sheridan Sweater pattern and fabric from JoAnn.

The fabric I used is a sweater knit from JoAnn, but unfortunately, I can’t find it on their website. After picking up the Sheridan Sweater pattern, I had my eyes peeled for just the right fabric. As soon as I saw this white leopard/cheetah print, I knew I’d found it! I’ve been really into animal prints lately, and I don’t know if it’s a conscious choice or if there are just so many out there at the moment that they are seeping into my subconscious…hmmm…the world may never know. Anyway, the fabric was incredibly easy to sew and has a nice drape to it, which worked out perfectly for the bishop sleeves.

I suppose there isn’t a ton to say about this make…great pattern, cute fabric – what more can I ask for? I’m definitely planning to make at least one more Sheridan Sweater. I’m trying to decide which version…decisions, decisions.

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

DIY leopard print sweater by Sartorial Seamstress. The sweater features a bottom band, crew neckline and bishop sleeves. It was made using Hey June Handmade’s Sheridan Sweater pattern and fabric from JoAnn.
DIY leopard print sweater by Sartorial Seamstress. The sweater features a bottom band, crew neckline and bishop sleeves. It was made using Hey June Handmade’s Sheridan Sweater pattern and fabric from JoAnn.

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