You might be wondering why I named this ‘part 1’. It’s because I have a few sweaters to share, but I didn’t want to have to write separate blog posts for them, since I’ve made them all before. Plus, all of these sweaters are made from fabric that I got from one fabric store, so grouping them together made sense.
I haven’t made very many sweaters because I started sewing more often when we moved to California (warmer climate). Then when we moved to Washington in the beginning of 2020, I was pregnant, so I wasn’t very motivated to sew for the colder climate. I’ve gotten a little more used to it now, and I made a couple of sweaters last winter that I still really love, so I decided to make a few more. The two sweaters you saw above are the Page Hoodie by Chalk and Notch, and the Jarrah Sweater by Megan Niesen. You can click on their names to see my original blog posts for both.
First, the Page is the perfect raglan. I honestly love the crew neckline way more than the hoodie. I don’t actually use the hood from the other Page that I’ve made, and I notice that the hood pulls it back while I’m wearing it. So, I’ve opted to take full advantage of the crew neck and I love it!
I used the slim sleeves, lengthened by 1″. For the bodice pieces I used view B’s length, plus 1/2″, then I still attached the hem band (even though view B is the drawstring version). I love the cuffs on the Page because they are perfectly snug and stay in place. The only issue is when I’m doing the dishes and trying to push them up out of the way, and they tend to slide back down. But other than that, I loved them so much I used them for my Jarrah too!
The Jarrah is such a cute drop shoulder sweater, and you know I love just about anything with a drop shoulder! I have a RTW sweater that I wear all the time, and it’s pretty similar to the Jarrah. So, I compared it to the Jarrah pattern pieces and made a few adjustments. Here’s a rundown:
– Changed the slope of the shoulder so that it was straight which required me to raise the shoulder/armscye by 1″ (where the sleeve attaches).
– Added 2″ in width to the top of the sleeve since I added to the armscye on the bodice.
– Added 4.5″ in length to the bodice and it hits right where I like it!
– Added 3″ in length to the sleeves, which might have been too much, but at least they’re not too short!
– Used the cuffs from the Page hoodie so that they were more fitted.
And last, because I know it’s least important you, a sweater that I made for Dallas! Haha. He has some long-sleeved raglans that he’s had since before I met him, and I ruined one of them while I was doing the laundry a while back. They never quite fit him exactly the way he wanted, so I cut one up and attempted to make a pattern out of it.
I never had very much luck doing this when I first started sewing, so I was kind of nervous about how it would turn out. Thankfully I knew to pay attention to a few things while I was making it that lead to it’s *almost* success, and he loves it! He’s completely stoked about how long the sleeves are.
I’m really sorry I don’t have a pattern recommendation for this one, but I’m just so happy with how it turned out, I had to share! The only issue I noticed when he tried it on is that at the front seams where it attaches to the neckline, there’s a little bit of bubbling (you might see it better if you zoom in). I think it’s because I have about .5″ too much fabric right there, so I will try to adjust it for the next time I make another. If you have any other suggestions on how to fix it, I am all ears!
All of these fabrics are from I See Fabrics. I went on a buying spree a few months ago because I needed to bring these sweaters to fruition. My sweaters are made with the cotton/spandex french terry and matching rib knit in the colors ‘oatmeal’ and ‘fig’. Dallas’s sweater is made with the cotton/lycra jersey knit in the color black, and then waffle box thermal and rib knit in the color ‘faded black’. This is not sponsored at all, they just have really nice fabrics, and I like that their fabrics are organic and made in the US.
I have a couple more Page Hoodies that I’m working on for Part 2 of this post, so stay tuned!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments. Happy sweater sewing!