A Review of The Piper Sweater Pdf Pattern by Trish Newbery Designs.
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"A slouchy and snuggly day to night sweater with a roll collar or mock neck / funnel neck finish."
There are interchangeable options for The Piper Sweater making it very versatile and good value for money. Options include:
Roll Collar, Funnel Neck or Neck Band
Regular or Puff Sleeve with Hem, Short Cuff or Long Cuff
Tunic or Hip Length.
I chose to make a Tunic Length version of The Piper Sweater with a Funnel Neck and Long Cuffs on Regular Sleeves. The size range is from XXS - 4XL and my measurements put me in a XL. The fit is meant to be easy and relaxed so I didn't worry about any grading and chose the size by my Full Bust measurement.
The Piper Sweater is designed to be made with stretch fabric. Trish Newbery recommends that you use medium weight fabric with 100% stretch for the roll collar or puff sleeve view. Whereas for the other views 40% stretch is recommended. A fabric that holds its shape, such as ponté, is recommended for the puff sleeves. I happened to already have some knit fabric in my stash from Forever Fabrics. It is lightweight with more drape than the pattern recommends but I really liked the colour and wanted to make a top which I could layer over other garments without overheating!
Construction of The Piper Sweater is very quick and I found the Pdf instructions easy to follow. There is also a YouTube Video you can follow which gives extra little tips along the way. I really like the way that the side seam with split is constructed - it gives a great finish on the inside as well as the outside. I haven't sewn a Funnel Neck before but the construction is incredibly easy and if you hate putting in neck bands this might be a good alternative for you.
I am happy with the overall fit and finish of The Piper Sweater. Even though I am 5'4" I didn't make any adjustments to the length and I am pleased because the Tunic Length has come out just right for me. However, the sleeves are too long! I just folded the cuff over (as you can see in my photographs) but I will have to make some adjustments to the paper pattern when I make another Piper Sweater.