The Sara Sweater: Comfy and Classy
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
I was recently given the opportunity to sew up the Sara Sweater, a new pattern by Rebecca Page. This one is really unique. It has a relaxed fit with dropped shoulders. But it is so much more than just a comfy sweater! It has an offset placket with three buttons and a scooped high collar. The sleeves are wide at the bottom, and then gathered into a sleeve cuff that is the perfect size to push up above your elbow if you don't want them in the way when you want to use your hands. The silhouette is so feminine!
Blouson Sleeve - a blouson sleeve is a very full sleeve that billows over a narrower band. From what I read, it works particularly well for people with a smaller bust or a larger midsection, as it adds softness to a small upper body and draws the eye away from any lower body problem areas.
Welt Pockets - these are pockets typically used on the front of jackets/shirts where there is not a seam to insert them into. They are often used in formal or semi-formal garments and tend to look classier than your typical inseam pockets.
Placket - a placket is the double-layer of fabric that holds the buttons on the neckline of a shirt. They are commonly used in polo and henley shirts, and they tend to make a shirt a little bit dressier.
The Logic - putting it all together
While this shirt is a little more complicated than your typical raglan or relaxed-fit sweatshirt, if you follow the
straightforward step-by-step instructions, you will absolutely be able to make this one, whether you are a beginner or a more experienced sewist. My shirt is a L bust/XL waist and hips, as that's where I typically fit on Rebecca Page's size chart. I took an inch off the height of the sweater, as I am shorter than RP's 5'6" drafting. I took the height off in two locations, per the recommendation of the pattern tutorial. Other than that, this one is sewn just as the pattern was drafted. And this fabric is from JoAnn Fabrics. It is their Coastal Lagoon Poly Cotton Spandex Pucker. And it was really easy to sew on.
Thanks for checking out my pattern review. Here is the link one more time to the Sara Sweater.
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