DIY Chic + Sexy Sweater | Vogue 7997

Pattern:  Vogue 7997 | Fabric: Sweater Knit (similar) | Denim: New York & Co | Accessories:  NY & Company / Rocksbox (code: ERYNBFF6 for a free month) | Shoes: Zara (old) similar

Clearly, I’m loving off-the-shoulder this season. I think baring my neck and a little shoulder while covering everything else is so feminine and sexy without being too much.

This project was cut and sewn in about an hour. It’s a no-brainer pattern that I didn’t even open my instructions for. I wanted a cozy black sweater to wear for a casual date night with hubby and this was right up my alley.

I used a black sweater knit from Micheal Levine’s. The exact one I used is sold out, but I linked to a very similar one. It has a nice stretch to it, but not so much that it’s see through or difficult to handle. I actually completed construction on my serger.

I did make a few adjustments to this pattern. I added about 6 inches to the collar. I added about 3 inches to the sleeves and about 5 inches to the front and back pieces. I wanted this to be more of a fitted tunic with extra long sleeves. I also did not do any of the gathering or hemming. This is why I was able to cut and sew it so quickly.

My necklace and earrings are from New York & Company. I mentioned in my last post that I scored some gorgeous accessories on the last store-wide sale. Their accessories are some of my favorites.  My ring is from Rocksbox.

My denim is an old purchase from New York and Company that I never get tired of wearing. I decided to balance out my sweater with some loose denim and a comfy pair of shoes. This outfit is a win, win, WIN!

My shoes are from Zara that I bought about a year ago, more or less. I’ve linked to similar up top.

What’s your ideal date night style?

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  • Erin, you did a fantastic job on the sweater! Looks so super cute on you! I love the way you paired it with these lovely jeans and gorgeous shoes, great job on the entire outfit!

  • I love the sweater! I’d have never thought to bring the collar out by so much but it gives it such a beautiful feminine shape. It really flatters your shape.

  • Ahh I see, well thanks anyways! I tweeted with McCalls and they said what I assumed, to look for it on ebay or etsy. I suppose I will return to my attempt to draft my own pattern~

  • Ahhhh I have been researching and looking for a sewing pattern like this! I found the V7997 & couldn’t find it anywhere!! Then, while browsing Bloglovin’, I came across this post in the sewing section. So beautiful. Where did you find this pattern???

  • Eryn, your outfit is super cute and I love your DIYs, they help to inspire a beginner apparel sewist such as myself. Thank you!

  • Love it!!!!! I haven’t been on a date in forever, but when I go on one I will use your ideas! Lol!

  • Thank you! I added 6 inches to make the collar longer across the shoulders. So, to make it come down further across the chest.

  • Beautiful! It is great to see when women know they can dress modestly but still be sexy and stylish. Love it!