I am happy to be kicking off this years selfish sewing blog hop, hosted by imagine gnats, Indiesew, and Kollabora! The timing of selfish sewing week was perfect since last weekend Will went on a “dudes hiking trip” up in North Carolina, leaving me to do all kinds of selfish things such as eat all the pizza, watch the entire first season of How To Get Away With Murder, and do lots of late night sewing. I decided to first sew up the Laurelhurst cardigan and I am going to be sharing three different ways I have already worn this piece, from morning, noon, to night.
A little background about this pattern. For those of you who follow my blog, you may have noticed I love sewing with knits. And now that I am well into my second trimester of pregnancy, any thing with a stretch or relaxed feel is what I am currently digging. When I saw the Laurelhurst Wrap on Indiesew.com, I knew this was perfect chance to use some knits and this would be something I could wear for the entire fall season and not have to worry about my baby bump outgrowing its use.I decided to go with a beautiful olive green knit that I picked up at my local fabric shop. It is a thick ponte de roma, which still has a nice drape but is not as “slinky” as say a jersey knit or a knit blend, so you don’t have to worry about the fabric getting pulled or stuck in your machine, which some knits have had a reputation of doing. The Laurelhurst is a quick project, I was able to start and finish the entire garment in only one evening. In order to accommodate my long torso and cover up my bum, I added an extra six inches to the length, but otherwise I made no changes to the pattern or the instructions.
STYLE #1: On the way to work out: In the mornings I try to squeeze in a workout at my local barre studio. (for those of you who are looking for a good workout, pregnant or not, you should definitely check out Barre Evolution. Good times). The Laurelhurst is casual enough to wear with workout clothes and, with long sleeves, it is just heavy enough here in Charleston to wear like a light jacket or sweater. I threw on the Laurelhurst wrap overtop a pair of workout leggings from Victoria Secret and a Lululemon work out top. Nice for a chilly morning and also as a good way to cover up my bum when I am walking across the parking lot.
2. STYLE #2: Wear with jeans for running errands around town: When I am not at work, I am usually running around Charleston from one place to the next with my never ending to-do list. On these days I am definitely a jeans and tee shirt kinda gal, even though I fear my jeans days are slowly coming to an end. On this day I paired my Laurelhurst Wrap with my favorite pair of wide leg Lucky jeans, Sperry boat shoes, and an oversized boyfriend tee from Target.
3. STYLE #3: Dress it up for a night out on the town: Ok don’t laugh that my “night out” photo is black leggings and some costume jewlery. I haven’t gone shopping for maternity dresses yet. So yes this was as dressed up as I was getting for a night out on Saturday with friends and a birthday party at a local brewery, in which I threw back not one, but 3 Sprites. Lock up your liquor cabinets, I am a wild one. I have been shopping at Nordstrom’s Rack lately and I found this flowly silk top which I paired with my favorite self made black leggings and my favorite Mossimo boots. I am obsessed with olive, brown, and black for the fall so be prepared friends to see me in this outfit on repeat. A lot. Maybe I will just change up the necklace. Who knows. Like I said, I am wild. For those of you interested in making the Laurelhurst Wrap for yourself, check out Indiesew.com for the pattern. There are so many ways to wear this piece and it will definitely be a staple in your closet for this fall. Looking forward to making a few more myself!