This is a very interesting pattern, in that the curved hemline is finished with wide bands that overlap at the sides. There are quite a few layers there at the intersection and overlap. I took it slowly and followed the instructions, and it sewed up without any incident.
There is also a video tutorial for attaching the bands if you need it; the written instructions and diagrams worked successfully for me.
The fabric is a soft, medium weight wool blend knit from Super Cheap Fabrics; it’s what I consider to be the ‘perfect’ green with a beautiful marle effect. They had a few colours available at the time, but they all sold out very quickly. I wish I had bought more, in different colours – it’s a lovely fabric both to sew and to wear.
From the DIBY Club website: The Adrianne Open Side Slouchy Sweater PDF sewing pattern was designed to be incredibly comfortable, stylish and quick to sew. Its open side banded hem gives a fun and interesting twist on a slouchy favorite. PATTERN OPTIONS:
- Necklines: Cowl Neck // Crew Neck // Boat neck with Facing
- Sleeve Lengths: Short // Elbow // Three Quarter // Long
The pattern comes in sizes 00 to 36, and the instructions have plenty of information on how to blend between sizes and how to made alterations to better fit your shape and measurements. I guess that I sewed size 12, but would need to pull out the pattern pieces to check. My sweater is the version with a faced boat neck and long sleeves.
The faced boat neck gives it stability and a nice topstitched detail. I often find boat necklines a little too wide, but this one sits really nicely. The sleeves are finished with cuffs, which is a preferred option for me at the moment. The shaped centre back seam gives some nice contour so that the sweater isn’t baggy overall. Construction was shared between the sewing machine and the overlocker.
I’m quite keen to sew this pattern again, but am still dithering about which version and which stash fabric. I’d quite like to try a shorter sleeve in a lighter weight fabric for warmer weather, although that’s a long way away at the moment.
This is definitely one of my favourite recent garments.