Sunday, February 5, 2023

Love Notions – Girls’ Sloane Sweater Review

Love Notions is one of my favourite pattern brands for women.  Their Sloane Sweater is one pattern that I especially love so I was excited to try the kids version of the pattern and make a jumper for Ember.  A few different options are included within one pattern making it easy to change the look and make a few unique looking sweaters.  I opted for ‘View A’ which has a high/low hem and a less boxy silhouette.  I also did the optional yoke in a contrasting fabric.

What I Loved

  • The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.  A photo guide is included for each step.
  • Layers are available for the PDF file so you only need to print your child’s size.
  • The PDF file is trimless so it doesn’t take long to stick it together/cut the pattern out.
  • There are two different styles.  View A has a more flattering silhouette and a high/low hem while View B looks more like a traditional sweater with a cuff at the bottom.
  • Both versions of the pattern give you the option to add a hood.
  • The optional yoke turns what could be a pretty basic sweatshirt into something special.  I really like the way it looks.
  • There’s also the option to add elbow pads and a kangaroo pocket.
  • The finished garment is beautiful and really well fitting.
  • There’s a matching women’s pattern for those who want to match their little ones.

What Wasn’t So Great

  • I think the instructions for how to sew the yoke to the front of the top could have been clearer.  I missed a little bit when overlocking as I didn’t realise it needed attaching.  I did manage to correct my mistake when sewing the neckband on though.

Pattern Tips

  • The optional yoke is definitely worth adding to this top if you don’t mind top stitching.  Just make sure to attach it properly to the front of the top to avoid having to hack it later.

Final Verdict

I love the Love Notions Sloane Sweater.  The yoke takes a basic – yet beautiful – sweater top and turns it into something really special.  The fact that you can make a traditional sweater, and even a hoody, from one pattern is great as well.  I’ll definitely make at least one more of these for Ember in this size.

The Love Notions Sloane Sweater requires a medium weight stretch fabric such as French Terry or sweater knit.  Ribbing is also required for the neck and cuffs.  The PDF pattern can be purchased from the Love Notions website for $10.  It is available in sizes 2T to 16.  There is also a women’s Sloane Sweater pattern.  Purchasing both at the same time from the Love Notions website will net you a 10% discount.

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