I’ve been doing some pattern tests for Ellie and Mac for a while now and I’ve been wanting to share some of my experiences with you. I’m excited to share the latest release with you all because…. well I’m in love!
*This post may contain affiliate links. By using these links I may receive small compensation at no cost to you. If you found any of the information I provided I would appreciate you using my affiliate links. Thank you *
Today the Brand New Going Home Sweater released and it is my new favorite!!
This sweater is raglan sleeved with top with Shirt, Tunic and Dress lengths as well as the optional cowl. I’ve sewn mine to tunic length with the added cowl and it’s definitely my favorite! I’ve been sewing for myself for quite a while now and I’ve yet to find a shirt that I truly loved the fit but the Going Home Sweater is love! This pattern can be sewn with any fabric that features 50% stretch however I loved the drape best in 95% cotton 5% Lycra material featured here. I also made a tester shirt with some french terry. It could have been poor quality material but I like the drape of the pattern better with the Cotton Lycra.
The Skull fabric I used for this Going Home Sweater is from RockerbyeDestash it was released a while back and I’ve been hoarding it for something special. This Sweater was just that. The Stripes are also from RockerbyeDestash They are considered coordinates and usually run with each round. The solid lilac is from Made Whimsy. Made Whimsy is my absolute favorite place to purchase sold coordinating knit fabrics because their 12 oz solid lilac is the closest quality to the prints that I purchase from Rockerbye. I’ve purchased so many knits only to disappointed by their poor quality, thin weight or just plain difficult to sew with. I’ve never been disappointed with these two fabric shops. Oh, and by the way none of these are affiliate links. I’m just a huge fan of their fabric and highly recommend you check them out.
To make this pattern perfect for me I did have a to make a few adjustments. The ability to customize is why I began sewing for myself. But sometimes attempting to modify a pattern can seem overwhelming. For this pattern I adjusted for height. This pattern is drafted for a person 5’5″ but it includes a line on the pattern for lengthening or shortening to adjust for your height. This is probably the easiest adjustment to make. It’s one straight line so pretty simple. You simply make the cut at the line move the line up if you are shorter that 5’5″ and then add in the length needed for those who are taller.
The next adjustment that I made was a full bust adjustment. Most patterns are drafted for a B cup so anything over a B cup should theoretically do a Full Bust adjustment. I fall WELL outside the B range and therefore its most imperative that I do a full bust adjustment. However, let me just admit that this is my first one 🙈 I even sewed up my first draft of this pattern without doing one because I opened the tutorial and got nervous.
But after seeing the fit I decided that I needed to give a Full Bust Adjustment a shot. Boy, am I glad I did. The shirt fits SO MUCH better with the Full Bust adjustment. I used this tutorial from Jo Sews. I followed her tutorial completely and while it looks scary and does involve some math. It turned out just fine. I will say… Be sure you do this to the FRONT piece of you top not the back. Because well.. I did it on the back the first time and of course I don’t have any breasts on the back 🤦♀️ Read the tutorial carefully and take your time. And it’s best to do without kids screaming for dinner. I promise this doesn’t come from experience….🤣🤣
For the adjustment I do recommend a few tools to help you with your adjustments
- Acrylic Ruler
- French Curve
- Cutting Mat (I advise you get the biggest one you have space for. You’ll thank me later when you’re cutting out your patterns)
- Rotary Cutter
- Drafting Paper
These are great tools to have in your sewing tool box for general sewing anyway but they are definitely helpful when you’re adjusting patterns as well. I can’t remember life without my rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat.
Now, on to more about why I love this pattern. It is drafted to fit CURVES. I have a curvy body and this pattern is made just for those curves so it fits perfect. The best part about this pattern is that you can adjust for a more loose fit or a tighter fit (especially if you do the Full Bust Adjustment). I could have easily sized down since I did the adjustment and that accounts for most of my needs for the larger size. Of course, since this is my first time I didn’t because I wanted to make sure it wasn’t too tight. Plus, I love the loose fit. However, I do think I will make the next one in the size down just to see how it fits!
The third reason I absolutely love this pattern is for the cowl. I’ve been DYING for a pattern with a cowl. So much so I brought one from a German company. I haven’t spoken German in almost 10 years and even that was Intro to German in College. I’m sure it wouldn’t be much help with a sewing pattern. I was planning to attempt google translate and wing it. Well, now I don’t have to because I love this sweater cowl. LOVE LOVE LOVE! When I put it on for pictures and I couldn’t take it off. In fact, I almost slept in it. Seriously! I can’t wait to make another one. I highly suggest you purchase the pattern today at the introductory price of only $4.75 (Today though Saturday 1/6/18) plus an additional 20% off in the cart! This is a steal for an amazing pattern. Go ahead and purchase today; you won’t regret it.