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Sarah's Perfect Pinnacle

Woman in knit shirt

When I left Colorado for grad school in 2018, I made the tough decision to leave my serger behind. Moving internationally by plane with a sewing machine and skis was challenging enough! Coming back to Colorado this summer, I was so glad to be reunited with my serger, and with the addition of my new job with Fancy Tiger (yay!). It was too tempting to be around so many luscious knits every day, and cooler temps finally made me jump on this large loop terry. I chose the Pinnacle Top for its interesting construction and geometric design. Seeing my coworker, Christina, in her woven Pinnacle Top also helped sell me on the pattern!

Pattern: Pinnacle Top by Papercut Patterns
Size made: Medium
Fabric used: Ken Dor Large Loop Terry in Salt and Pepper
Notions: Kylie and the Machine Woven Labels
Modifications: N/A

Knit shirt and hand on hip

Typically when I sew garments, I modify the suggested layout for pattern pieces on the fabric to reduce waste and make more useful scraps. This pattern took a little more to wrap my head around to rearrange since the fabric has a subtle direction to it, and the large main piece left fewer options for placement. I enjoyed the challenge and with only a few pattern pieces this was revealing itself as a quick project! 

Woman in sweatshirt

The interesting body pieces of the pattern came together quickly...after I laid them out on the floor to wrap my head around the construction. Having sewn many dresses, tops, and pants, this was a fun project to make me pause to find my bearings! This large loop terry does fray and decorates your carpet with flecks, so I would recommend finishing your fabric edges if you are not using a serger. If you’re a beginner sewist, I also recommend sewing the woven version of this shirt first to get used to matching seams; the main geometric feature of this sweater was a little tricky with this fabric.

Hem of sweatshirt

Overall, I highly recommend this pattern! The versatility is endless, and this is a great pattern for wardrobe staples and seasonal changes! I will likely sew the woven top in a fun double gauze for summer, and I am planning to sew another in a lighter weight knit fabric (as well as going down a size or two for a less boxy fit). This sweater is so cozy that I cannot wait to find a log cabin to sit in while sipping hot cocoa!

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