Here in Berkeley, the weather has been fluctuating between cool, warmish, followed by rainy, and then a bit of sunny warmth—so unpredictable! Layering is a must, and we’ve got lots of great knit fabrics that are definitely up to the challenge. We’ve selected a group of transitional knits that you’ll love wearing in cooler weather, and you’ll be able to wear them comfortably in springtime as well. For starters, we can’t get enough of the bold, graphic jacquard knits from Mind the Maker, pictured above. They’re super-soft and moderately stretchy cotton knits that we absolutely love for garments like the Toaster Sweater, the Coco Top and Dress, and the Luna Pants.
Everyone loves a pair of secret pajamas (clothes that look put-together and professional but feel as comfy as your favorite pj’s), and ponte knit is the perfect fabric to make them with—it’s stretchy and supportive, matte, opaque, and wrinkle-resistant! Ponte is our pick for wardrobe staples like the Erin Dungarees, the Renee Ponte Pants, and the Axel Skirt.
When you’ve completed all of your obligations and the couch beckons, why not make yourself super-comfortable in an ensemble of loungeworthy knits? A soft viscose/spandex jersey is the perfect choice for an Elysian Bodysuit; layer it up with a stripy Marlo Sweater and velvety velour Tula Pants to properly outfit your next weekend lounge session.
It is rare that one sewing pattern can do it all, but in the case of the new Cashmerette Grafton Dress, Top & Skirt Mix & Match, it truly does! If you’re looking for super-wearable designs with all sorts of customization options, this pattern is a great investment in your sewing future. A few ideas for Grafton to get you started: viscose jersey makes a beautiful and comfortable square-neck dress; a fitted turtleneck is an absolute dream in rayon-blend sweater knit; and a stretchy poly/spandex velour makes a fun and colorful relaxed-fit top.