Can’t Get Enough of Ponte Stripes!

Helen's Stripe version

I’m always looking for good quality knit stripes, and luckily Cali Fabrics has a great selection. This top is made with a ponte stripe which is sadly now out of stock – proof that when you see a great fabric, you should buy it! (What can I say, I’m on Team Stash, not Team Minimalism.)

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I am also on Team Make It Up As You Go Along, because this project was initially supposed to be the same view as the Helen’s Closet Elliott Sweater above! Somehow it didn’t turn out that way once I started sewing!

Helen's Stripe version

First things first: It came out too big, so I had to take in the raglan seams and messed up my initally-better stripe matching.

Then the funnel neck collar just overwhelmed my face… too stiff in ponte, too many stripes! Off it came, and I did a simple black neckband instead.

Helen's Stripe version

I’ve also been really into slightly cropped sweaters this fall, so the hem got shorter, and I added a little v-split in the hem.

Have you noticed something is up with the sleeves, too? I ran short on fabric so they were going to be elbow length… but it looked wrong, so I lengthened them with a tube of fabric! You can see where the stripes don’t quite flow at my elbow. I’m hoping everyone in my daily life will just think it’s a fold where my arm bends!

Helen's Stripe version

And finally… all that black and white called out for a pop of colour! This floral motif comes from a Japanese textile that I’d meant to applique on something else years ago.. I happened to find it as I was sewing and knew it would be perfect on this shirt! I used a short zigzag to attach it, and it has last fine through several washes.

Helen's Stripe version

So there we have it: Fabric that founds it’s way to become what it wanted, even though I had different ideas at first! I love the problem-solving that happen during sewing, and I would’t have it any other way!

How often do your projects demand to be something different halfway through? 

Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

Hi! My name is Gillian, and I love to sew! I blog at and I run the Sewcialists.

I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a kid, but when I started sewing clothes in 2012, it became a bit of an obsession. I’m all about wearable, comfy everyday clothes – and my wardrobe is overflowing! I’ve pulled all the colours that I love wearing into my personal colour palette, which keeps me inspired and my fabric shopping on track. I’ve ordered from Cali Fabric for years, and I’m so excited to be able to join their blogger team!

I live in Ontario (Canada) with my nerdy and awesome husband and our two cats. I’m a teacher by day, and fabric hoarder by night!

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