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Using the F-word*

About three years ago I bought a simple black half-zip pullover fleece top. With some embarrassment, I'll say that I wore that top out. I prefer to feel "dressed" most days and stay away from yoga pants and sweatshirts. But, on the days when I knew I'd be staying home or on lazy Sunday afternoons, I was always reaching for that top. It needed a replacement.

In considering a replacement, I hoped to move up a bit from the poly fleece. Cotton fleece? Sweatshirting? Sweater knit? I didn't find a great alternative in the fabric store here and the cost of shipping and duty makes me hesitant to order online. Since the fleece had worked before, that's what I stuck with.

Half-Zip Pullover

The other top was worn out and was exactly what I wanted, so I just cut it apart and made a pattern from it. The zipper was the right length, so I ripped that out of the old top and reused it.

Half-Zip Pullover

I like the side panels. The top is not very fitted, but I think the side panels still provide a flattering shape. While the first top's sleeves weren't exactly too short, I did add an inch to the pattern and like the addition.

It's been good to have this new version in my closet. Hurrah for being warm and cozy on the home front!

* My mom is a former Home Ec. teacher. Her dislike of fleece is so great that it was referred to as "the F-word" in her classroom. :)


  1. I have a pair of pants that I want to rip apart and haven't had the heart. This sweatshirt looks warm and cozy and comfortable! A win!!

  2. That looks like a nice cozy fleece and I agree about the side panels being flattering.

  3. I have a similar dislike of fleece... I don't like the way it feels in my hands. I always have dry skin and it gets caught on all the little cracks and drives me CRAZY. But, that does really cozy...

  4. I love this style of top and fleece is so nice and warm on those cold winter days.


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