If you’ve been following me on Instagram for any length of time, you will know that I have a soft spot for gray sweatshirts. So, I know that none of you will be shocked to see that my latest make is…wait for it…
A Gray Sweatshirt!!
Well, it’s important to be true to yourself, right? At least there is one thing I know for sure that I like. However, this one is a little bit different than your average sweatshirt. This is the new Sora Sweater from Blank Slate Patterns*. It has a couple of features that really make it stand out from your average relaxed fit sweatshirt or sweater.
My favorite feature is the side seam gussets. These add some nice shaping and interesting seam lines to the pattern. I tried to play around with it a little bit by showing off these super subtle stripes.
I used a french terry from Imagine Gnats Shop that has very light blue stripes on the loop side. This is technically the wrong side of the fabric, but I love it so, I couldn’t help but show it off. Fingers crossed I don’t snag too many of those loops on anything!
The pattern also features a shawl collar. I had actually never sewn this style collar before, but luckily Mellisa of Blank Slate made sew along video to help you through the process.
I sewed the pullover version. The only variation I made was to add a cuff to the sleeves. I didn’t have enough fabric to add the sleeves, but I wanted to add a little something. I like the way the cuffs look with the drop shoulder. (Plus those subtle stripes again!) The only other changes I made to the sweater was to shorten it. I took out 1/2″ at the lengthen shorten line provided in the pattern, and I also decided to take 1/2″ out at the bust line, because #Imshort #AA Because of that I also took out 1/2″ from the shawl collar piece.
This sweater sews up so quickly! Considering the side gussets, shawl collar, plus adding the cuffs, I was surprised at how fast the whole thing came together!
There is another view, included in the pattern, which is a shawl collar cardigan, with long sleeves and two lengths. So, you can get a lot of different looks with just one pattern.
Do you want to sew your own Sora? Blank Slate Patterns has kindly provided me with a copy of the Sora Sweater to give away! Head over to my Instagram to enter! Giveaway will close Saturday, 3/17 so that you can get to sewing your own spring Sora!
Pattern: Sora Sweater by Blank Slate Patterns*
Size: XS, shortened by 1″ . I will say I was originally worried that I had picked a size too small! However, once I sewed it up, I actually really like the slightly slimmer fit.
Fabric: French Terry from Imagine Gnats
I was provided with this pattern free of charge as part of the Blank Slate Sewing Team. All opinions and thoughts are my own, and always will be.
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