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Papercut Patterns Pinnacle sweater

Back to another pattern that I’ve sewn before – the Papercut Patterns Pinnacle top/sweater. In the past I’ve sewn the woven top version (twice). I was especially happy with this version, which has been worn quite regularly, so thought that I’d give the pattern another go as a sweater.

Papercut Patterns Pinnacle sweater

I sewed it up during my May nojourn, from a printed double knit that I’d bought at Eliza Fabrics last year. It doesn’t have a great deal of stretch, but enough. I had some lightweight wool knit in stash in the perfect colour for the bands, but they turned out WAY too floppy. I put it aside, knowing that I needed to remove all of the bands and replace them with something a little more substantial, with plenty of recovery.

Papercut Patterns Pinnacle sweater

Despite lots of looking, I could not locate a rib in red or blue that matched the print, so finally went with black. I made the sleeve cuffs much narrower than the pattern piece, but I still reckon that they are a bit loose.  I sewed size S, which is smaller than suggested for my measurements.

Papercut Patterns Pinnacle sweater

I really don’t love the finished sweater, and will be passing it on to someone who will enjoy it more than I do. I did consider giving it another go in a softer sweater knit, but have decided that I have other patterns in my stash that I prefer for a sweater type of garment.

Papercut Patterns Pinnacle sweater

Given that I had sewn this pattern twice before, I didn’t find the construction too problematic. However, this is definitely not what others have found, and my quilting background may have helped me a little bit here too. Both Anna and Sarah have sewn the sweater version of this pattern, and noted that there don’t appear to have been any modifications to the woven top pattern to take fabric stretch into acount for the sweater. Interestingly, in mid-June (many weeks after Sarah’s Instagram discussion and associated blog post) I received an email from Papercut Patterns letting me know that the instructions for this pattern had been updated (they’d never informed me about any errata previously). The email also pointed out the Pinnacle top photographic tutorials on their website, but both these are for the woven top version; nothing for the knit sweater.

Papercut Patterns Pinnacle sweater

Papercut Patterns have been really popular, especially patterns like the Pinnacle top/sweater and the Sapporo coat, but recently I have been left wondering about the quality of the drafting. Most people have had to ‘tweak’ the patterns to make them work. Now it makes absolute sense that everyone makes alterations for their own shape and their personal style, but when the majority have problems with notches not matching up, or with matching points, or with linings being too short, or seams not matching up, it makes me hesitant to sew more of their patterns (and yes, I do have some unsewn ones in my stash).  It’s a shame; the style lines are terrific and they use some interesting shapes.  But I need to feel certain that everything will go together as it should.

Papercut Patterns Pinnacle sweater

In conclusion:  this is a well constructed top, in quality fabric, that I’m not going to wear, and I probably won’t use this pattern again in the sweater version for me.  I think that there are alternatives that are better for my shape.

3 thoughts on “Papercut Patterns Pinnacle sweater

  1. Totally agree! For the price of some indie patterns I expect they listened to their testers and made the appropriate changes. I’ve seen an awful lot of unhappy Paper cut customers. I have hundreds and hundreds of patterns that I have adjusted for length but had no problem with drafting. As for the Indies? I’ve thrown away more than I kept. I’ll stick with The Sewing Workshop, Style Arc and Red Pearl Moon (Boho Banjo). My money is well spent with them.

  2. I think it looks really good on you. It is a shame about those blue bands because it does make the fabric pop.

    I also love Papercut Patterns style lines but have to reluctantly agree about their drafting which for the most part I haven’t had much luck with (except the Sapporo which I love). It is a shame because being a New Zealand company I really want to support them. The other issue I find is they don’t use ‘real’ people as models and I just find it hard to image the clothes on a body with actual shape.

    Of late I have stepped back from a lot of Indies and am working with what I have although a few big 4 have managed to sneak into my stash recently.

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