“Statement sweats have proved their staying power,” says Ruth La Ferla writing for the New York Times this week. Um, yeah, they’re everywhere! I thought the fancy sweatshirt trend, which debuted two years ago on the runways, would have died out by now but I was wrong.
And I’m glad I was wrong because we have a super-cute statement sweat pattern! McCall’s M6992 is the perfect platform to go creative and make your own fancy sweatshirt. I’ve put together some looks here to get you thinking about your future snazzy sweat:
1. Go elegant: Look for luxe fabrics. Remember you only need a small piece if you make the rest of your sweat from a basic fabric. Or, add an inset like the collar and bib of a tuxedo shirt. Fancy-schmancy!
2. Add embellishments: We love how Stella McCartney adorned her basic sweat with zipper tape—so cool! You can also sew on some of those jewels in your sewing drawer (you know they’re there), or you can go wild with your random pieces of leftover trim (also cluttering up your sewing drawers).
3. Make a refined-casual statement: You can keep your sweatshirt relaxed but a cut above the ordinary by using prints with solids. Or have some fun and expose your shoulders. (Remember what Donna Karan said about shoulders: “It is the one place I guarantee that will never show a wrinkle, never gets fat.”)
Did I succeed in inspiring you to make your own statement sweat with M6992?! If so, show us what you make by pinning it to our Pinterest fan gallery.
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Congratulations to Sasha Sinclair, the winner of our Fall Into Fashion Pinterest contest! It was tough to choose just one winner, because we received so many fabulous entries, but our judges felt Sasha really took our call to “show us what inspires you” to heart. Check out her winning board here, and look for more social media contests to come.
V1419 Sewalong update: Did everyone see Lauren’s fabulous post on fabrics to consider? This weekend I’ll be stitching up my second muslin (first one was too small) and writing a blog post about it that hopefully will go live on Monday. Feel free to start working on your own muslins now…I almost think it’s better to get your muslin done before you decide on fabric, just because I think it will help you narrow down what kind of fabric you ultimately want. At any rate, have a great weekend!