dixie DIY’s hot cocoa sweater

new years day i started coming down with a cold. there is nothing like starting to feel sick that highlights to me my lack of lazying around the house clothes. i immediately remembered that dixie DIY has a free (yes free!) hot cocoa sweater pattern that would fit the bill. i had to run to the fabric store to pick up a couple $1 mccalls patterns (namely a button down shirt for the hubs. wooo! look at me all growed up and being unselfish!) so i browsed the red tag table to see if i could score a nice knit. and what do you know, this small floral print caught my eye. it’s 100% rayon knit. i typically associate rayon knits with lighter-weight drape-y stuff, but this one was nice and stable. for $5/yd i couldn’t pass it up.


yesterday i traced off the pattern, then spent some time in the evening to sew it up. i thought the floral print might be a little too busy or young looking, but i don’t really care. i just wanted a cozy top. i happened to have this grey knit leftover from anastasia’s coat and there was just enough to cut the cuffs and neck binding. it helps to break up the floral i think. then i thought, hey why not add that little triangle patch you see on sweatshirts? i really have no idea what it’s there for, but the more i sew the more i notice the truly random details on rtw. so why the heck not? i cut a triangle patch and zig zagged the edges down before constructing the top.


this could not have been an easier top to make! the raglan sleeve is wicked fast to put together. dixie offered this pattern in one size, which just happened to be my size, so the only changes i made were lengthening it by 1″, then adding 1/2″ at the hem so i could turn a 3/4″ hem instead of the drafted 1/4″. i have monkey arms so i made my cuff 4″ so the sleeves would be long enough. i prefer a wide cuff so this worked out just fine. by the way, all the seams have a 1/4″ SA. i love her for that! so much easier to sew and a fabric saver to boot.

hi-low hem! look at me being all trendy.


i have a few leftover projects unblogged from 2012, my 2012 favorite makes, what i want to accomplish this year…  i’ll get to all of that, it’s just really nice for once to blog a fresh off the serger project. i’m so glad i have this top to lounge in today. not only am i nursing a cold but it’s currently 10 F outside. that would be -12 C for you metric folks. brrrrrrrr!!!!

—lisa g.

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13 thoughts on “dixie DIY’s hot cocoa sweater

  1. Megan says:

    Super cute! I really love the print. I recently made this top also, but I kind of botched the grading up. Your cute version makes me think I had better give it another try!

  2. crab&bee says:

    I just saw this post on your final MMM ’13 recap… I too am obsessed with that little triangle on sweatshirts! I think it’s supposed to have it’s origins from earlier rugby or football jerseys, where the neckline needed some reinforcement when players were wearing padding. Very cute top!

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