Alt Handmade // Cool Cat Sweatshirt

I don’t know where I got the idea to make myself a sweatshirt with a cat face on the front, but once it popped into my head, I had to make it happen. I’ve never even had a cat, but somehow I’ve sort of fallen in love with them (I probably have Jen‘s Instagram feed to thank for that. Roamy is too cute!) Alt Summit seemed like the perfect excuse to whip up something casual and comfy, and just a little quirky.

Alt Summit Wardrobe - One Little Minute - Cat Face Sweatshirt Alt Summit Wardrobe- One Little Minute Blog - Cat Face SweatshirtCat Face Sweatshirt - One Little Minute Blog - Alt Summit 2013I used Dixie’s free Hot Cocoa Sweater pattern to make the plain grey sweatshirt base. It’s a fantastic and super simple basic pattern that I’m sure I’ll use again. I lengthened the hem a couple inches to make it cover my bum. Also, because my sweatshirt fabric was super stable and almost not stretchy at all, I took in the sides to reduce bulk. I constructed all of the seams with a flatlock stitch, using my Diana.

For the “Cool Cat” face, I simply cut a basic kitty nose and whiskers from freezer paper and stenciled it right on the front! And, it’s your lucky day, I’ve made a free printable Cool Cat Sweatshirt Template for you to download and make one of your own!

Alt Summit Shoes - One Little Minute BlogIs it too much to pair a cat sweatshirt with feline leggings? I don’t think so! And these shiny black patent leather wingtips (found on sale for $25!!) pulled it all together. And this outfit was quite a hit at the conference! I got a bunch of compliments on the sweatshirt, one from amazing Emily Meyer, who (after talking for a few minutes) told me she was the founder of tea collection, one of my favorite children’s wear brands! How cool is that?

Really, I’m very casual and have never ever put so much consideration into my clothing choices before, but I wanted to be as prepared and confident as possible heading into the conference. I think it helped to not have everything planned before, so I didn’t waste any time at all mulling over my outfits while at Alt. I just put on what I had planned, and was able to spend every possible minute soaking in the full experience.

I had a completely whirlwind weekend of meeting new friends, learning some nuts and bolts of blogging, and being so incredibly inspired! I’ll have a full recap next week, but for now I’m enjoying a decompression weekend in Seattle, then a few more days in Utah before heading home.

If you make a Cool Cat shirt, post a pic on Instagram or Twitter and tag me (@livefreemiranda). I’d love to see it!



  1. Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    This is adorable! I love it with your animal-print leggings! You are too cute, missy!

    • Miranda
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Sonya!

  2. Posted January 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow! You are so dang talented! I am sooooo glad I got to meet you at ALT! Not only are you the cutest, you are so sweet and outgoing, and I love that! Thanks for being so wonderful! I am sooooo excited to follow your blog and see all the amazing stuff you come up with 😉

    • Miranda
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much Kelsey! I loved meeting you, too and am excited to be friends! You’ve got great style, and I’m always excited to meet another seamstress:) xoxo

  3. Posted January 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, it was wonderful to briefly meet you at Alt. I loved getting to meet some outside of the food blog world!! Your talent in sewing is inspiring. Keep up the beautiful work!! Take care, Becky

    • Miranda
      Posted January 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

      You’re so sweet Becky! I loved meeting and getting to know you a bit, too! I can’t wait to spend some time exploring your blog when I get home next week! xo

  4. Nikhil
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 5:49 am | Permalink


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