If you haven’t worked with Art Gallery Fabrics Jersey before, let me start by telling you that it’s amazing. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than other cotton jersey, but in my experience it’s an investment. It’s super soft, easy to sew and washes very well.
I had 1.5m and it was more than enough to make the Helen’s Closet Elliot Sweater. I chose a beautiful golden mustard Colour.
I wanted a top that was comfortable and casual to wear, but also versatile to wear with skirts. This pattern turned out to be perfect.
I love the loose fit style, and the short long hem gives it a really modern feel.
The sleeves on the pattern are designed to end just after the elbow, but I wanted them to be a little longer so decided to lengthen them by 3”.
My favorite element of the pattern is the huge cowl collar. It’s super cozy and you can snuggle right into it. You can also fold it in half if you don’t want the full amount of slouch.
This pattern was super quick and easy to sew, however I did have some troubles with the collar. The neck and collar have notches, you then distribute the ease between the notches. However I found that I had too much gather in the back and there was lots of puckering. So I decided to unpick it and re-attach using the quartering method. There is still a slight pucker but it’s much better.
I really like that this top can be styled with lots of different outfits. Above it’s shown worn with jeans for a relaxed look, it would also be great with leggings due to the extended back.
I’ve also styled it with mini skirts and tights which I also love.
Here it is worn with the Pauline Alice Patterns Rosari skirt
Here it is worn with a Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt.
Finally, here it is worn with a vintage circle skirt.
In summary, this is a beautiful fabric and a great pattern. The only thing to watch out for is to ensure that the ease Is evenly distributed on the collar.
If you would like to see the top up close you can view it on my YouTube.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing.