Madeline Ballet Sweater by Laela Jeyne Patterns

October is a rough month to sew for me since three Halloween costumes-to-be haunt me, (ha! see what I did there?) but I had to make time to sew up this ballet-style wrap sweater because I knew how utterly lovely and totally useful it would be for fall.

Bear in mind, these are both first versions of a test that had three versions.  The arms were slimmed a bit and the armscye taken in a bit to remove excess after these photos were shot.  Another difficult part of fall sewing is that the light is long gone by the time my photographer gets home from work so I have to work around weekends and can’t always sew/photograph a final version by the deadline.

Still, I really like how my hot pink French Terry version turned out!  I had blended out at the waist, but turns out I didn’t need to do so with this fabric.  I get a comfy, slouchier vibe from this one.  I wore it this week over a sleeveless maxi dress and it was perfect!  I knew this pattern was a winner.  😉

My second version is made out of distressed knit (which I’m using for everything these days!) that I bought from Mily Mae Fabrics a couple of months ago. This one is such a great, almost-denim neutral, and I got a better fit sticking within the same size all over.  I did go back and remove a little of the excess fabric on this one, and the updated fit is right on.

The darling (and practical!) Madeline Ballet Sweater is part of the Fall 2017 Collection available at Laela Jeyne Patterns (aff). On sale now until October 21! Check out the rest of the tester blog tour for more inspiration!


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