Hi! Meg here from MadebyMeg. Today I'm sharing with you my new winter sweater featuring Britex's Cloud-Soft Black Wool Sweater Knit - yes, that is literally what it's called and it is that fluffy!
For this project, I wanted to take a basic sweater and jazz it up a bit. I was inspired by the Shein Twist-Front Sweater that I saw on Pinterest and decided to copy the look using two patterns: Tessuti's free Mandy Boat Tee and the Style Arc Dee Knit Top. The Dee Knit Top is a perfect match for the twist front detail, saving me the headache of having to figure out that step myself. And the Mandy Boat Tee is oversized with dropped shoulders, much like my inspiration. Together, I knew I could get the look I wanted.
While pattern drafting from scratch is very much a technical skill, for the home sewer I view combining patterns as more of an art than a science. My sewing style is all about throwing things together and seeing what comes out. If you've been afraid to try altering patterns, I say have fun with it and see where it leads!
For this project, I decided to order the more fitted Dee Knit Top in a larger size so that it would match the finished garment measurements of the oversized Mandy Boat Tee. I purchased a size 20 instead of my usual size 8. If you can't size up, you can try printing your pattern at a larger scale, but be wary of enlarging things that are critical to fit such as sleeve heads and armscyes. Luckily for this pattern, all you need to copy is that interesting hem detail.
Then, here's what I did to combine the front pattern pieces:
To combine the patterns, I laid one on top of the other, matching center front and shoulder seams. I then carefully traced around them with tracing paper, taking the details I wanted from each. I kept the boxy shape and wide shoulders of the Mandy Boat Tee, but used the hem detail of the Dee Knit Top. You'll also notice I dropped the neckline a little as the Mandy Boat Tee's is quite high, and also dropped the armhole a bit so that I could draft larger, more loose-fitting sleeves. I made no alterations to the back of the Mandy Boat Tee (not pictured) except to leave the hem a bit long so I had room to work with.
From here, all I had to do was follow the instructions for how to construct the front of the Dee Knit Top and sew everything together. While the design looks complicated, it's actually not that hard! This step always takes some adjustments and experimentation as you go, but in a sweater knit the fabric is very forgiving if everything doesn't quite line up.
I think the end result is quite fun! The twist adds a lot of interest to this basic sweater, and I like how the hemline is slightly raised in the front. Plus, the wool knit is super warm, perfect for this time of year.
Have you made any pattern hacks using Britex fabrics? Let us know in the comments!