Fancy Sweatshirt: Papercut Patterns Bowline Sweater


My expectations and reality did not align on this project. I was hoping to make a work-appropriate sweater, but instead ended up with a fancy sweatshirt. 

fullsizeoutput_1525This make was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I went to Joann’s one day on my way home from work to get fabric to make a cozy sweater to wear to the office. I think that I managed to find the most expensive knit fabric in the whole store, but it was of course half-off. It’s a nice soft rayon blend.

I paired the fabric with the Bowline Sweater by Papercut Patterns. It is a super easy pattern, with raglan sleeves (no setting in sleeves-yay!) and bands around the sleeves and hem (no hemming-yay!). The pattern has an oddly shaped pattern piece for the front to create the pleat detail. It looks complicated, but I didn’t have any trouble with it, and Papercut has a tutorial for this step.


This turned out to be a comfy sweatshirt, but didn’t meet my original intentions of being work-appropriate. Because of the fabric choice, it isn’t the most practical sweatshirt either. A sweatshirt that shouldn’t be thrown in the dryer? Not my best move ever.

Sewing is always a learning process, and pairing fabric with pattern is still something I’m working on. I imagine I will be for years to come.

Pattern: Bowline Sweater by Papercut Patterns, size XS
Fabric: 1.5 yards Rayon blend knit from Joann’s @ $13.99/yd
Notions: N/A
Cost: $22.56 fabric +  thread from stash = $22.56 ($36.18 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 4 hours

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