The Whistler Sweater and Hoodie sewing pattern review from Love Notions is a snuggly winter top with shawl collar and hoodie options. Here’s my review of the shawl collar sweater (watch the video or scroll down for photos and a written review):
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For my first Whistler Sweater, I decided to sew the shawl collar with the gathered detail at the front. The top comes in top, tunic and dress lengths, and there are banded and straight hem options. I picked the top length with no band – I prefer a flowy style!
As I have long-ish arms, I added 2 inches to the sleeves. When I tried it on, the sleeves were a great length, so I didn’t bother adding the sleeve cuffs. I like how that looks – it seems less casual to me!
I also only used one button, whereas the pattern calls for two buttons. I never think to buy matching buttons when I’m fabric shopping, and end up digging around in my random stash of buttons. I only had one of the one I liked best, and the size looked fine for me to just use one!
The fabric I used was a Faux Cable Knit Jacquard fabric in teal from Spotlight in Australia. It’s an interesting fabric in that it has three layers woven together to create the 3D cable knit effect. All the layers make this super warm, but it’s not overly bulky. Similar fabric is available here from Knitfabric.com and also from Fabric.com.
The thickness of the fabric makes it hard to see the gathers in the front section, in the middle below the yoke. I wouldn’t bother with them next time, unless the fabric had a lot more drape.
I seriously love shawl collar. It’s snug and warm around the neck, but not suffocating. I like the look of turtle-neck sweaters, but hate how they feel around my neck!
The shape of the sweater is really flattering too. It tapers in just enough at the waist and then flares out towards the hips. It gives a surprisingly feminine silhouette for a bulky outer layer.
It has good-sized pockets at the front, with quite a clever design for how they’re inserted. They’re at a great height to keep my hands warm, and have plenty of space for the random junk that I end up stuffing into my pockets as a Mum!
The pattern is an intermediate level, due to the curved collar and the challenge of inserting the yoke and pocket sections. The instructions are clear and the pattern sizing is spot on.
Overall, I love my Whistler sweater. It’s warm and snuggly, but still stylish and feminine. I can see myself getting lots of wear out of this during winter.
Get the Whistler sweater and hoodie sewing pattern from Love Notions.