I am super psyched to bring you this news: our new pattern is available in the shop! The Jasper Sweater/Dress is a design long in the making. It started as an experiment back when I had no clue how to draft patterns. It turned out wearable enough, but now that I do know how to draft I could only share it with you. The most recognisable version is the sweater with a big hood and a cowl neckline. I couldn’t resist making it in a dress version though, because everybody just needs a sweater dress! And if you’re not into hoodies, you can make the big collar, with or without epaulet.
So let me tell you about the design. When I started thinking of turning my experiment into a pattern, my aim was to make a more elegant version of a standard hoodie. I want you to have the comfort and warmth of a hoodie, but you should also feel put together. A sweater to lounge in with a cup of tea, but also a garment that you’d wear out of the house to meet friends. The bodice has four pieces: front, back and two side panels. The side panels work as an armhole princess, allowing more shape in both back and front. This design follows the curves of your body.
A garment like this has to have pockets, naturally. To keep the appearance clean, it features single welt pockets incorporated in the seams that connect front and side pieces. On the inside, they are connected by a tube pocket. The functionality of a kangaroo pocket, but not as visible. If welt pockets scare you, don’t worry: besides instructions with lots of illustrations, I’ve created a step by step photo tutorial as well.
View A features the big hood. It has a horizontal seam along the back, which gives the hood its a characterising shape. It also makes the hood lie back in a neat way. The hood has an asymmetrical front that is connected all around, and shaped into a V with a slight cowl. Three optional buttons can be added for extra detail.
View B features a big collar, also shaped into a V with a slight cowl at the front. An optional epaulet on one side adds detail and gives the collar some structural interest. The collar is able to stand up on its own when the recommended fabric is used. My favourite way to wear this in cold weather is to tuck a shawl into the collar.
The sleeve head is higher than usual for a garment like this, to provide a semi-tight fit and a polished look. The sleeve seam lies toward the back, in line with the back and side seam of the bodice. Cuffs and hem bands provide the finishing touch. The recommended fabrics are sweatshirt fleece (knit on one side and a soft, brushed back side), regular fleece and matelasse or quilted jersey. Or anything else you can find that has a bit of body and minimal to no stretch.
I’ve basically lived in this pattern for over two winters now! I promise you, when the weather turns cold this is all you’ll want to wear. So hop over to the shop and check it out!