February 28, 2017

I’ve been really trying to up my everyday wardrobe these days. If I am really honest with myself, the things that I wear the most are boxy oversized tops and anything black. When I first saw the Bento top sewn up as a sweater, I knew that it would easily fit into my wardrobe. It’s boxy and oversized, but more grown up that a slouchy tee.

The fabric is this really nice black merino sweatshirting from the online shop of The Fabric Store. I like that it has the comfort of the sweatshirt looped back but then looks like a nicer wool knit on its right side. It’s the perfect medium weight knit that holds it structure and is comfy without being too rigid or bulky.

I did make quite a few changes for my personal preferences. I lengthened the bodice section by about an inch so that the pockets hit a bit lower. I also lengthened the bottom section by about 2 inches in the front and 3 in the back for a split hem. I decided to split the side seam just below the pocket level for more moveability. Lastly, I lowered the neckline by about and inch in the front and then finished with a facing instead of the neckband.

I wore this today and loved it. It feels like a grownup sweatshirt. If you want to make one too, you can find the fabric here and the pattern here.


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  • Reply Meg February 28, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Love this! The side slits are great! The Bento is a great pattern…

    • Reply True Bias February 28, 2017 at 11:32 AM

      it was my first lisette pattern but i loved it.

  • Reply Renata February 28, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    This is super cute! I really like it.

    • Reply True Bias February 28, 2017 at 11:33 AM

      thank you! im all about black basics these days.

  • Reply Marta February 28, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    That’s a lovely sweater! The slits are really cool!

    • Reply True Bias February 28, 2017 at 11:33 AM

      thank you. I am such a fan of long slits. makes it feel a bit more modern.

  • Reply Sheryll February 28, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Looks gorgeous – and practical! I didn’t realise The Fabric Store had sweatshirting like this. Must make a visit there soon as they are just down the road from me!

  • Reply Constanca February 28, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    This looks amazing on you! I’m taking notes of your alterations — I’ve got this pattern by haven’t used it yet… I love what you’ve done with it!

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  • Reply Heather March 29, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Super cool – I love the changes you made.

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