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September 30, 2021
Hi there! Bri from The Lilac Needle here and today I wanted to share my latest make with some gorgeous Raspberry Creek Fabric Hacci! All the fabrics at Raspberry Creek Fabrics are amazing, but this one stood out for the season changing.Fall has started and it is my favorite season hands down because of so many reasons. Between the crisp cool air, apple cider donuts, foliage, wardrobe layering and gorgeous sweater knits just begging to be sewn up. Speaking of sweater knits, this fall inspired Hacci (Mauve Dusty Blue Olive and Mustard Wildflower Floral Brushed Heathered Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric) stood out to me so much I purchased it before I even knew what to make.
I found that the colors really popped against the grey background and after the fabric arrived, I finally knew that I wanted a long sleeve sweater top. Question was, which pattern to use? My usual sewing flow is to pick a pattern and find a fabric to match but in this case, I loved the fabric before knowing what exactly I wanted to make. I knew the kind of garment I wanted, but not what pattern to use. Thankfully, I have a catalog of all the patterns I own in an application called Notion. As you can see below, I am able to narrow down to patterns that fit certain tags that I had made previously filtering on Sweater and Pullover. (This took a long time to set up but man am I happy to have the catalog now!)
What I also like to do is insert a photo after I have made the pattern, making it very easy to see what I have/have not made. From the list I had after filtering, I saw 4 patterns that have not been made yet, and after reviewing all of them, I decided that the Oaklynn pattern from Made for Mermaids was exactly what this fabric wanted to become.
This pattern has so many options including several color blocked options but I didn’t want to take away from how pretty this fabric was so I made the solid sweater with a crew neck. This dolman style sweater is just perfect for these cooler fall days and the softness of the hacci makes it very hard to take off at the end of the day.
I am so thrilled with how this sweater turned out and can update my catalog now with some amazing photos showcasing this fall fabric. I hope sharing a little bit of my process for choosing this project inspires you to make some amazing fall garments!
Bonus: One thing I have started doing lately for fun is taking some more artistic self portraits that show off the fabric in a different light. I don’t do this with every garment I make but with ones that really inspire me to try something new. With this Hacci having colorful florals on top of the grey background I really wanted to have it stand out against a somewhat busy background. Your eye can’t help but be drawn to the colors in this fabric even being surrounded by so much greenery. I really recommend trying to pick a fabric that inspires you to make something you haven’t tried before and go outside of your comfort zone. More often than not you will be thrilled with how things turned out.
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