Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Love Notions – Women’s Sloane Sweater Review

I mentioned in my review of the girl’s Sloane Sweater how much I love Love Notions patterns, and I’ve finally got around to writing a review of the women’s version.  I’ve made this pattern a few times now and really love how well it fits, how flattering it looks, and the different options available.  For this review, I made View A, which is the less boxy, more shaped version of the pattern with a high low hem.  The fabric in the photo is a lovely waffle knit that I purchased from Poppy Bear Fabrics.  I opted not to do the yoke and to create the plainer version of the top (purely because I love the fabric so much).

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 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.
  • There are pattern pieces for both a standard bust and a full bust.
  • The optional yoke turns what could be a pretty basic sweatshirt into something special.
  • There’s also the option to add elbow pads and a kangaroo pocket.
  • The finished garment is beautiful and really well fitting.
  • Clear instructions are provided on how to shorten or lengthen the garment.
  • There’s a matching girl’s pattern for those who want to match their little ones.
  • This sweater is perfect for beginners, especially if you choose to make the more basic version of it.  It’s a great option if you’re new to sewing with knit fabric as well.
  • It’s available in a good range of sizes – XS – 5X.

What Wasn’t So Great

  • Nothing – I love everything about this pattern.

Pattern Tips

  • I highly recommend making both versions of this top as the finished garments look completely different despite being part of the same pattern.  View A suits more drapey knits. while View B is more of a classic sweatshirt and suits French Terry and sweater fabric.

Final Verdict

All of the Love Notions patterns that I’ve tried so far have been really well fitting and flattering, and the Sloane Sweater is no exception.  I love both of the options available with this pattern, and the optional 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.

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 $12.  It is available in sizes XS to 5X.  There is also a girl’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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