I love the Hibernis Cowl Shirt by Sofilantjes! This is my second time making this amazing pattern and it was just as fabulous to sew the second time as it was the first.
The great thing about this patterns is its versatility. With multiple sleeve lengths, configurations and collar treatments you can make this shirt 20 times and come out with 20 distinct tops. My first Hibernis was long sleeved with the full cowl neck – great for the winter – but I wanted a warmer weather version of this top for my little.
The princess seaming and criss-cross pockets allow you to use a few different fabrics together to create a unique look. I’ve also seen this top done in all one fabric and it looks great either way. The Hibernis is made for stretch knits with at least 30% stretch as it’s a relatively slim-fitting top. The main fabric in this top came from Backstitch Fabrics. Mee loves the pocket details – perfect place to stow the little treasures she always seems to picking up along the way.
This is a very quick sew – about 2 hours start to finish on the serger, including cutting time. I’ve found the fit is pretty close to RTW on my girl. It’s a great, casual top, perfect for showing off a special fabric from your stash. I haven’t tried this yet, but I think the front would be a great place to showcase a pieced panel as well.
I recommend that you label your pocket bindings, neck binding and sleeve cuffs so you don’t mix them up (ask me how I know this…) – especially if they are the same fabric.
The Hibernis comes in sizes from 12 months to 14 years and I think the styling would appeal to older kids with the right fabric combinations. It’s great to have a pattern in my collection that I can sew up as she grows, with fabric that matches her ever-changing tastes.
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