sew + tell: lyndsey’s bento tee sweater

Lyndsey is back with a super-chic Bento sweater. We love her take on this pattern. It’s sure to be a cold-weather staple!

Name: Lyndsey
Location: Louisville, KY, USA
Where can we find you on the Internet? Instagram

Project Details

Pattern used: Liesl + Co. Bento Tee
Fabric used: A white textured 100% cotton sweater knit from Metro Textiles

This white textured sweater is entirely DIY.

Did the fabric work well?
Just what I had in mind! I really wanted to sew a sweater this fall and started looking at online fabric shops for a good sweater knit. A few months ago I sewed four patterns in one fabric specifically to figure out which pattern to use to create the sweater I had in mind. This fabric worked great with the pattern to give me the silhouette I wanted. The fabric was heavier and had less stretch than my previous version, but I knew from having already sewn the pattern that there would be sufficient ease.

Look no further for your perfect DIY holiday sweater.

How did the sewing go?
Such a quick and easy project! I cut the fabric on a Friday night before bed and the sweater was finished before lunch on Saturday.

Lyndsey's sweater-knit make is going to be perfect for the holidays.

I had already sewn this pattern in a jersey, so I knew that I didn’t need to make any fit alterations. I sewed the entire sweater on my sewing machine. I used a lightning stitch for seaming. I usually finish my knits on my serger, but I decided to just used a wide zig-zag stitch for finishing on this project.

DIY sweater-knit tops for the holidays.

What was the best part?
The pockets are the best part! When I sewed the jersey t-shirt version I skipped the pockets, but the pockets are my favorite detail of this pattern. The construction is very simple, but the pockets look like they were complicated to make.


Labels: ,


  1. Talitha

    This looks so great! What a nice fit 🙂

  2. Cindy Cooksey

    Love those pockets! I usually shy away from knits, but this looks like an easy pattern. Very nice.

  3. Erica

    This looks like such a great wardrobe staple! Your sweater knit fabric works so well for this style. Thanks for sharing!


    Beautiful fit and it looks so stylish the way you accessorized it. Snd thanks fir sharing your tips. Looking in my stash for some knit to try.

  5. Ginger

    Where can I find this pattern?

    1. You can follow either of the links at the top of the post to the listing for our Bento Tee. Or here is another link to it:

  6. I love your choice of fabric for this project, it looks cozy and chic @the same time! I hadn’t thought of making a Bento Tee in a solid color, but the white would definitely make it a wardrobe staple!

Post a comment