Green Pepper 520
Hi everyone! I’ve been kinda quiet in the blogosphere for the past month. This is because I spent December sewing Christmas presents, and on the off-chance that the gift recipients read my blog or that my creations went viral, I decided to keep my sewing on the down low.
Now that all gifts have been given, we can have the big reveal. First up is Green Pepper 520–the Mock Turtle Polar Sweater. Last year I bought 11 yards of this wool blend sweater fleece from Fabricline. Since its arrival, Mr. Boonetowne has been saying, “When are you going to make me something?” For Christmas I decided I would make him a mock turtleneck fleece out of this amazing fabric. This was my first Green Pepper pattern and I really liked it–good lines, good fit, & clear directions. I made size XL and omitted the pouch pocket and drawstring. I also decided to use a fleece binding on the sleeves instead of a traditional hem.
I finished this top and liked it so much that I had to make one for me. This time I cut a size medium, and used the same modifications.
I love the collar on this top. It’s just the right height.
Here we are in our matching 520s. It’s a little worrisome–this is the danger of buying 11 yards of fabric.
I made both of the above tops before Christmas. Then Christmas came and went and I found myself in need of a sewing intervention. Christmas is beautiful, magical, and totally wonderful, but my opinion, it’s also challenging, overwhelming, and emotionally exhausting. I woke up on December 26 and I knew that I needed some sewing therapy. Specifically, I needed to sew a quick, TNT pattern that required no tracing or intense direction reading. Enter Green Pepper 520 again.
This time I used a gray plaid boiled wool knit that I bought from FashionFabricsClub.com. I love this fabric, but it was a doozy to cut. I could not get anything to line up, so I ended up cutting it on the bias. I used some plum fleece for the neck lining and sleeve bindings, and then I decided to add a plum panel on each side. To do this, I altered the back pattern piece. The back piece on this sweater extends all the way under the sleeve, resulting in a side seam that’s closer to the front than the side. I cut this section off of the back pattern piece and made it a side panel.
I love this little pop of color on the sides of this top.
Again, I love the collar on this pattern.
Hopefully winter (and lots of snow) come to Boonetowne soon so I can get maximum wearage out of these tops!!!