Monday, November 6, 2017

{Sloane} Tour

I am super excited to be sharing about the Sloane Sweater today because it is a LONG time coming. I had never even sewn up a Sloane until just recently because it was one of Tami's first patterns and not available in her 'now' extended-sizing range...which ironically enough I am now in a smaller size and no longer need the XXXL, lol. You may have seen recently that she updated the pattern to not only offer extended sizing, but she has also included a few add-on's to it as well!!!!! It was an AMAZING re-release of the pattern and sure has been a hit. To celebrate, we are making it even BETTER this week and giving you a whole tour dedicated to hacks and various versions of this super versatile pattern!


 Sloane Sweater

XS-XXXL

  • Two body views:
    • -A- more fitted with curved hem, hits at mid-hip
    • -B- boxy fit with hem band, hits at high hip.
  • Optional:
    • -Yoke
    • -Elbow patches
    • -Hood
    • -Kangaroo pocket
  • A full bust piece is also include for ladies with a 4-6″ high bust to full bust difference– no need to do a FBA!

Because Texas is still fairly warm right now with HIGH humidity, I didn't want anything too bulky...and hooded tees are all the rage right now it seems, so that is what I went for. I used one of my absolute FAVORITE fabrics for everyday tees, Poly/Rayon/Spandex, in Eggplant Stars from Sly Fox Fabrics. Poly/Rayon/Spandex is amazingly soft, has wonderful drape, yet holds it's shape beautifully making it the perfect layering piece when the weather cools off OR even wearing it alone without feeling the restriction that hoodies sometimes do. PS. I also noticed that Sly Fox Fabrics has a number of these fabrics on sale if you wanted to grab some before they are gone.



I chose to do View A without the bottom band so that I could have something that was just nice and flowy and I could layer if I needed to. I added the hood...of course...because a hood makes everything better, right?!? I decided to line with a contrasting color, so I used a Double Brushed Poly (*DBP) in Plum from Sly Fox Fabrics as well. I love the fit of the Sloane hood too...because of the overlap in front it almost feels slightly cowl-like, keeping my neck nice and cozy ;) and then the Double Brushed Poly is SUUUPER soft, so it's a great combo!!!



Sooooo, I do have a small hack for you! I added a drawstring to my hood which was a very simple process. I started out by cutting a 1.25" strip of my plum DBP and folded it in half creating a LONG tube. I then serged along the edge using 1/4" seam allowance and turned right side out. No need to finish the ends, I just tie a knot and call it good!


In order to figure out where to place the openings for the ties, I just had to pin my hood on and mark where I wanted them, then unpin to make your openings. ***It was approximately 4" in on my XXL that I made, but you may want to reduce slightly for smaller sizes...don't hold me to that ;) It is best to just take the extra time to measure yourself.


You can use a small grommet here, but I never can keep those on hand so I simply just made a little 1/2" button hole...it worked perfectly!


Remember to use a small scrap of stabilizer before you add your opening so that your fabric will withstand the wear and tear.


After I added the openings, I followed the instructions in the pattern for making a lined hood, including topstitching 1" around the front of your hood which will create the casing needed for your drawstring you created. Once the hood is sewn onto your sweater use a safety pin to thread your drawstring through and VOILA!!!!!! Easy-Peasy!!!


I cannot wait to see all the hacks this week....you definitely don't want to miss out on any, so make sure to check back daily for new posts. Thanks for stopping by!!


5 comments:

  1. Your hoodie looks great! Nice that they re-released the pattern with more options too.

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  2. This is so cute! I rarely make clothes, but might have to take this one on for myself! :)

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  3. I haven't heard of this particular substrate so I'll definitely try it soon! Thanks for always teaching me something new, Courtney!

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  4. That hoodie looks great, and now you've just made me add to my want list! I have some french terry begging to become a Sloane and may just add the drawstring thanks to you ;)

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  5. Yours looks so good, and I love the drawstring, perfect pop of colour.

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