So a big part of my sewing goal for 2018 is to "sew through my stash". This includes my pattern stash, AND fabric stash. Obviously "new" is always exciting and I can't cut myself off from any new purchases, so I'll be mixing new patterns and old fabric, and old fabric and new patterns to keep me on track! Its my game plan for using up some of my older items, but still keeping me engaged and motivated!
I have had this sweater knit in my stash for several years now. It came in a flawed bargain lot from Girl Charlee and I immediately fell in love with it. Its soft brushed sweater knit from way back before "brushed" was even a thing. :) It was a 2 yard cut with a black streak along one edge. Still TONS of usable fabric, but I could never settle on a pattern to use it for! I was scared to waste it, but I hated that it had been sitting unused for so long. Then one day, I saw a beautiful Solstice Wrap from Striped Swallow Designs that a sewing buddy made in a solid color and I realized that pattern would be perfect for this simple plaid too! I had been wanting a pattern that could be office appropriate but still super cute, warm, and comfortable and sure enough the Solstice Wrap checked all those boxes!
I am glad I saved this fabric until I had improved my sewing. There's quite a bit of hemming edges on this pattern... which I admit used to intimidate me with sweater knits in particular! But thankfully (thanks to my walking foot!) I've got that pretty much perfected and it was a breeze! The sweater came together super quick and once I tried it on I realized it fit perfectly on my first try! that's what I call a WIN!!