Have you seen the latest pattern release from Make It Perfect? A few weeks back Toni emailed me out of the blue to ask if I’d be interested in testing her new pattern – the Scout Raglan Sweatshirt. Well yes! Always happy to help out a fellow Aussie plus I have two little boys in desperate need of some wardrobe filling so a super quick make like this was PERFECT! (ahem, pun intended)
This is one of those pattern library/wardrobe staples that I’ll definitely be using over and over. Just three main pattern pieces, and ribbing cuffs for the arms and waistband plus a neckband means no hemming YESSS! I’m not in the market for a coverstitch machine until next year and with my machine not really cutting it when it comes to hemming knits, this was definitely a plus for me.
I sewed up a size 4 for Mr Whoops (his new self-declared name) and a 2 for the Little Man. The fit is great – enough room for a tee underneath but snug enough to keep the cool air out. Little Man could probably do with a size bigger next time to allow for Buddha belly expansion but we’re managing fine with this one for now.
Being unsure how the fit would be for my first go at this pattern I just grabbed a few fleecy prints from Spotlight. I love the prints but unfortunately the result of this inferior quality fabric means we’re suffering major pilling issues already. We’re still getting HEAPS of wear out of these though so I’m not too worried.
The pattern comes in two size options; 0-5 and 6-10. Plus it also includes a cute little knit skirt for the girls so it’s great value if you have girls yourself, or want a quick and easy present for friends.
A few more close ups…
I took the time to topstitch the seam allowances down for the dinosaur raglan but didn’t bother for Little Man’s which made it a ridiculously fast sew.
If you’re just venturing into knits then I would definitely recommend this pattern as a great one to start with. Sweatshirt fabric is super stable to sew with and you don’t have any problems with those annoying edges rolling up like you do with regular jersey knit. Interlock (double ponte) would also be a great fabric choice.
So there you have it! Be sure to jump on over and check out the Scout if you haven’t already.
Catch you next time,