I think that I came across this pattern under the ‘teensewing’ tag (or similar) on Instagram. I thought that it was a little bit unusual and very cute. Clare agreed.
That sleeve detail! It’s so effective! And rather fiddly and definitely time-consuming, let me add. Not difficult, but it does require some patience and attention to detail.
The pattern is the Bixby Creek Pullover, by Phat Quarters. They describe this pattern as follows: The Bixby Creek Pullover is as versatile as it is unique with a relaxed fit for comfort & style. The criss-cross sleeves can be sporty or beautiful based on the fabrics and color-blocking you choose. This option can be made in the 3/4 length or long sleeve. The tutorial includes a pattern piecing template for accurate strap placement and a polished finish. The Bixby Creek Pullover can be made as a simple sweater with a short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, or long sleeve with or without a puffed sleeve-cap. The athletic scoop back with strap details is intended as a cover-up layer for after a dance class, karate class, a swim meet, or a long day at the beach. With multiple sleeve length options, criss-cross sleeves, athletic scoop back, or simplified style lines you can create countless looks and combinations for all seasons. Suggested Fabrics are knits with 2-way or 4-way stretch, structured weave and some an element of drape. Specific suggestions include Cotton Jersey, Cotton Lycra, Cotton Spandex, Pique, Pointelle, light-weight Sweater knits, Thermal knits, or Hacci Sweater knits.
As you can see, we chose the criss-cross long sleeved view, and the regular back (for which I don’t have a photo that isn’t pretty much entirely covered in hair).
The fabric is a printed double brushed poly that I bought from Sewing Australia. It is NOT actually the blue colour that it appears in these photos; it’s actually much more of a greenish teal colour. This photo from the Sewing Australia website shows it much more accurately.
I have only sewn with double brushed poly once before. It’s marvellous to wear, as it’s super soft and stretchy, but I found that it was a bit ‘sticky’ to sew – it sticks to itself a little bit. Most construction was on the overlocker, with some topstitching on the overlocked. The sleeves were finished with doubled cuffs and the hem with a doubled band; this is my favourite easy way to ‘hem’ garments. I did twin needle around the neckband to secure it in place.
Clare really liked this top, and I love it on her (it goes so well with her stretch corduroy pants too) but she rarely wore it! She says that it’s actually too cold to wear it in cooler weather, because of all that sleeve ventilation. Definitely a garment for the transitional seasons.