“Tris” Sweatshirt

Laughing. Reminiscing. Jumping. Climbing. Remember whens. This is what happened when I was taking pictures of my friend Amaria for this post. We’ve been friends since the 1st grade, but after 8th grade we ended up going to different high schools.

For Amaria I put together a look inspired by Tris from Divergent (the series) by Veronica Roth. Divergent is similar to the Hunger Games series since both are set in dystopian worlds. In Divergent people are split into factions and when they get older they can choose a new faction or stay in the one they were born into. But people who are special and carry different abilities are considered “Divergent.”

If I had to chose a faction for Amaria I’d say she was “Divergent” like Tris. Tris was born into Abnegation (kind and giving people)–and Amaria is one of the most caring and selfless people I know. And when Tris has to choose a new faction, she chooses Dauntless. And like Tris, Amaria is strong, adventurous, and not afraid to try new things. I mean, Amaria is a level 9 gymnast!

Making the sweatshirt: This quilted sweatshirt is made with the pattern Sewaholic 1507 and fabrics from Stone Mountain & Daughter. For the most part, sewing it was easy, even though the contrast parts were stretch knit. I chose to make a gray sweatshirt because gray is the color for Abnegation and if you’re going to be doing daring things (Dauntless) I figured a sweatshirt works.

Speaking of daring things…last year for our 8th grade camping trip, we spent a week at a ropes course. On the last day Amaria and I did the “friendship walk” together, where two people climb up a tree onto a tight rope. You face each other and hold each other up with your hands and walk sideways as the tight line splits further and further apart. (We have harnesses and helmets of course!) You keep going until you can’t hold each other up anymore and just fall forward suddenly like spies dropping chest down into buildings in the movies. It was awesome.


“Eleanor” Turtle Neck


“She looked liked art, and art was not supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

This is a quote that Park, a high school sophomore, says about his friend/classmate Eleanor, in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. He obviously likes her and she likes him too. This was one of my favorite quotes in the book because I liked how Park didn’t like Eleanor simply for looks but for who she is and how she made him feel.

I read this book back in the sixth grade. I first saw it on the “New Best Sellers” for teens table at Barnes & Noble. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I got it because of the cute illustration on the cover! It was cool how every eleanor-and-park-by-rainbow-rowellchapter switches from Eleanor to Park so you could see each person’s perspective and feelings on whatever was happening. One thing I didn’t like was how it ended. I WANTED TO KNOW MORE (UGH).

Eleanor is a redhead with beautiful curly hair and Park is biracial, half white and Korean. Here, I asked my good friend Maya to model–she’s like Eleanor because of her curly hair, but also like Park because she’s biracial. But Maya’s personality is way different than Eleanor’s. Eleanor is quiet and has a hard time speaking up for herself, Maya on the other hand is outgoing and not afraid to be herself.

With Eleanor as my inspiration, I decided to create a turtleneck because it seemed to fit her shy personality. Maya wore it with a denim skirt (Buffalo Exchange) and Stan Smiths (Adidas).

Making the turtleneck: I bought Very Easy Vogue Pattern V9028 and ribbed stretch fabric at, yup, you guessed it, Stone Mountain & Daughter. Maya picked the maroon color. I was worried about sewing a stretch fabric at first, but it wasn’t too bad. The fit is kinda loose and it’s something I should  pay more attention to next time I’m sewing stretch/jersey. There’s a zipper in the back that was harder to sew for some reason too. It’s been awhile since I sewed that invisible zipper in Hazel’s T-shirt Dress. I need to practice sewing more zippers!