A couple of weeks ago, I had a little look back through my recent sewing and realised that I hadn't yet sewn myself any jumpers or tops I could wear over other things, then as if a designer had heard my thought, a tester call went out from 5 out of 4 Patterns for this drop-sleeve relaxed fit jumper designed for sweater knit! Perfect timing and just what I needed to add to my handmade wardrobe!
The pattern comes with various options for the neckline, including a funnel, crew, scoop and hooded styles and it can be made with or without the lace up placket. I made the XXS with hood, placket and slim sleeves for my first one in a lightweight sweater knit I bought for just 2€ from a fabric market in Gouda, Netherlands during my summer holidays.
I couldn't get my sewing machine to sew the buttonholes in the fabric when I tried due to the loose weave So I threaded thin matching ribbon onto a darning needle and went between the threads pulling the ribbon directly through. I have since seen another tester suggest using a stabiliser beneath the fabric and a water soluble stabiliser on top to stop the stitches falling into the fabric so I will try that next time. You can also see from this photo that I used a slightly wider matching ribbon to cover the seam between the hood and the body at the neck, instructions for this aren't included in the pattern but I love this finish so chose to add it.
For my second one, I wanted to see if the style of a short sleeve jumper would suit me so I made a sleeveless crew neck version. It was a super quick sew, even including making a facing to hem the sleeves with, I forgot to time myself but it couldn't have taken more than an hour start to finish. Again I used a light sweater knit but this time it had a brushed finish and I think it affected the drape so although I got an idea, I need to try it again in a different fabric to see if it suits me. For the photos I wore it over a thin shop bought, long sleeve, v-neck jumper to give the layered look this style needs.
The no-trim PDF pattern prints on 24 pages and each page fits together by butting the next one up to the grey line of the first. Due to me being in Europe and printing on A4 paper, the pages needed a little trimming but still went together nice and easily. There are just 3 pattern pieces needed for the tunic with an additional one for the funnel or hood and if you aren't doing the placket they sew up really quickly. The placket is a little more fiddly but the instructions are very easy to follow and the lace up option is a great addition. There is also a girls version of this pattern released today.
When I get time, I'll play around some more with this pattern, particularly the placket version and hopefully have some great cover-ups for the Spring and Autumn and potentially some warmer jumpers for the Winter too.
Hi! I'm Sarah and I live with my 2 boys and my Husband in East Anglia, UK. I enjoy sewing for my family and it is my aim to have a completely MeMade wardrobe for us all!