Vogue V9330 Wide Turtle Neck Sweater


I missed the boat last year on Sew House Seven’s popular Toaster Sweater.  I loved it, but it just never made it on my to-do-list. When I saw the new Vogue remake, which features a few extra details, I knew I had to have it.

I love a great Vogue Pattern, they incorporate classic design lines with stylish, modern twists. I bought it the first time it went on sale! I knew it would be on my Fall shopping list for New York City Fabric Shopping. You can view my Fabric Haul Video HERE.  I actually bought 3 fabrics to make it with. I still have a heather brown wool jersey from Mood on the cutting table.

Knowing this is an oversized look, I cut the pattern down a little from my usual size so I wouldn’t feel swamped by the sweater.  I used a yummy off-white Ponte Roma from B&J Textiles.  OMG, I love this sweater.  It is cozy, comfy and stylish. The heavy, boxy contrast between the weighty sweater and the flowy B&J Textiles crepe, wide leg pants which are V9305 – my favorite slacks pattern.  You can see my tutorial on converting your favorite slacks to wide leg HERE.

I did find that the first one I made was still a little large for my boxy frame.  I cut everything down a ½ size from my original and shortened the sleeves and body 1”.  The second version is more in proportion to my frame.  This fuchsia fabric is a wool jersey from Mood.  It has a distinct knit line, so I was careful to have all the pieces going in the same direction.  I bought 2 yards, washed it – so it shrank a little and I had just enough fabric to cut out the sweater.

I love the darts on the sleeves making them come in about 2 ½ inches at the wrist. Also, the side panel inserts are really fun and can lead to some interesting color blocking. It works up like a dream.  The pieces fit together perfectly, there are plenty of seams to make fit adjustments and it goes up in a jiffy.  The sewing time on both these sweaters was under 2 hours each.

I see loads of these in my future.  I’m thinking they will make great Christmas gifts because they are cozy, stylish and have some forgiveness in the way they fit.

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Fun Things to Do in Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Plymouth is a super friendly town that is great for a day trip or a weekend get-a-way

Everyone needs to see Plimoth Rock – it is great, albeit questionable historical accuracy, symbol of the Pilgrim’s landing on America soil. Don’t be too disappointed, since it is truly just a rock; but it is encased in a beautiful superstructure built in 1920. Anchoring a beautiful park along the Plymouth Harbor.

Where to Eat

Enjoy a lovely lunch at East Bay Grill. You can eat out on the patio overlooking the harbor. We had amazing lobster rolls, loaded with huge pieces of perfectly cooked lobster meat, served with coleslaw and a pile of French fries.

If you are needing that after dinner, vacation required ice cream – go to Ziggy’s on Water Street. All I can say is Yum!

Other Fun Things to do in Plymouth

Plimoth Plantation will keep you busy for an entire day.  You can visit my favorite tours here!  My favorite viewing at Plimoth Plantation is the Rare Breeds in the Nye Barn, I am a farmer deep down in my soul. There is the Grist Mill, Craft Center, 17th Century English Village, and the Wampanoag Homesite. If you love American History or are looking for a pastoral place to spend some family friendly time – this is the place.

Now, if you want a little adventure – Plymouth has that too.  A whale watch tour is the ticket if you are looking for adventure on the high seas, you can check out one here.

Long Beach in Plymouth and White Horse Beach are two beautiful public beaches if you want to get in some chilly Cape Cod Bay swimming. We were treated to a horseback riding group enjoying the Long Beach surf on a sunny September Sunday.

There are lots of great Airbnb’s in Plymouth.  We stayed in an old Fisherman’s cottage ½ block from the harbor between Water Street and Court Street. Court Street has a lively shopping and bar scene, with most places rocking until late in the evening.

I love Airbnb, it can give you a homey, neighborhood space, with perhaps a separate bedroom and living room, some kitchen space, and room for friends and family.

For something more upscale, there is the 1620 Hotel  it has well appointed rooms, great location and is adjacent to a quaint little shopping center offering small specialty shops.

Art is alive and well in Plymouth

Plymouth Lobster Crawl organized by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce features 29 unique 5’ tall lobster structures through out the waterfront and downtown Plymouth. Make sure you tag your photos: #PlymouthLobsterCrawl

You will see lots of Art in Plymouth.  The Plymouth Public Art Initiative brings hand-painted Adirondack chairs and picnic tables to the Waterfront for her visitors to enjoy.

Okay, I couldn’t resist photographing this huge fallen tree.  It’s been here quite a while and I’m guessing that it is part of the art scene on the waterfront.

A weekend get-a-way, where the locals are super friendly, there is lots to do and see, and the restorative nature of the water will have you wanting to go back and visit again and again.

Get Lost in the Journey!


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