I have a sweater that I love; it has been worn, washed and dried a zillion times. It’s even taken on black dye from stupidly washing it with some black silk twill fabric which created a really cool gray coloration. Unfortunately it only lasted for 4 more washes. The sweater is 100% cotton and
can has withstood a lot of abuse….thankfully. So it was my inspiration.
I began by laying it out flat on my cutting table and tracing each seam-line, the sleeve and half of the front and back.
Then I used my trusty French curve to true each line and added a 3/8″ seam allowance. Each seam was walked to make sure they would sew together evenly. I love this process of technical thinking. One of the coolest new tools I have is a Curve Runner that is for measuring curves! It makes it so much easier to be accurate. This proved to be essential for measuring the neckline and Raglan sleeve seam-lines.
Drafting a Raglan-sleeve top is pretty basic and IMO is much more forgiving as far as fit goes. We all expect some extra fabric in the armhole…its the nature of the style. I decided to draft the waistband, sleeve cuffs and neckline pieces at 7/8 the length of the seam. This is something that can and will change based on the amount of stretch of the binding fabric. I made a total of 3 versions, thus the name Sweater No. 3.
I ended up making four in total before I reached my final version. What was really great, is that I ended up with liking all of them. Each is made from different fabrics which undoubtedly changes how the top fits, but I was really looking for a loose-fitting top like in my cream-colored version. I don’t have a picture of my 3rd one yet, but will add it when I get around to another photo shoot.
Version #2 …this link will take you to my PR review where i explain the fabric and other deets.
Version #4…this link will take you to my PR review where i explain the fabric and other deets.
- Version #1 is a swirly textured polyester blend sweater knit purchased from SilhouettePatterns.com
- Version #2 is a polyester rib-knit from Fabric.com
- Version #3 (not pictured) is a french terry cotton
- Version #4 is a textured sweater knit with matching ribbing from O’Jolly.com
I really enjoyed this whole process and it only took a day and a half from start to finish. I want to make more patterns and learn how to draft (and grade) in Adobe so I can make PDFs. Then…if anyone wanted one, I could offer pattern downloads. All in good time!
Disclaimer: none of the links in this post are affiliate nor do I get anything for linking. I simply want to share in case it may help a future sewing friend!
Thanks for getting all the way to the end. Have you self drafted any of your makes?
I would love to hear what you think, so drop a comment below so we can meet or better yet, link your blog if you have one!