Fleece Pullovers


Fleece Pullover #1 Close-up of collar

Pullover #1–Settings

  • Garment Type= Blouse
  • Style= Casual Blouse
  • Closure= Front Zipper
  • Front Neckline= Jewel
  • Yoke=Square
  • Darts= No Darts
  • Sideseam shape= Fitted
  • Front Neckline Depth= 1
  • Back Neckline Depth= 0.25
  • Neckline Width= 0.75
  • Armhole Depth= 0 .5
  • Finished Length= 27
  • Flare=1
  • Front Yoke Depth=4
  • Sleeve Style= Set In
  • Sleeve Underarm Seam=Tapered
  • Sleeve Cap Ease= 0
  • Sleeve Length=23.5
  • Sleeve Hem Circumference=9
  • Sleeve Cap Height= -1.5
  • Collar Style= Mandarin
  • Chest Ease= 3.5
  • Waist Ease= 5
  • Hip Ease= 3.5

Changes in PE

  • Converted lower front to be cut on fold

Everything Else

This was another of those occasions when I was wishing for some directions! The method that I finally used to insert the zipper was less than ideal and involved hand-stitching the collar’s lower edge in place. I folded each yoke piece in half, sewed them to the back at the shoulder, then attached the “public” side of the collar. Next, the zipper, followed by the top of the collar. It looks nice, but there are easier ways, as I discovered on my next pullover.

The yoke is not long enough, even though I used the largest setting offered for the yoke depth. It is a struggle to get this one over my head. Also, it needs more chest ease with the drop shoulder of the casual blouse setting.

In the collar/yoke close-up, you can see that I chose to sew black grosgrain ribbon over the horizontal seam for more interest.


Fleece Pullover #2 Close-up of collar

Pullover #2–Settings

  • Garment Type= Blouse
  • Style= Casual Blouse
  • Closure= Front Zipper
  • Front Neckline= Jewel
  • Yoke=No Yoke
  • Darts= No Darts
  • Sideseam shape= Straight
  • Front Neckline Depth= 1
  • Back Neckline Depth= 0.25
  • Neckline Width= 0.75
  • Armhole Depth= 0.75
  • Finished Length= 27
  • Flare=0
  • Sleeve Style= Set In
  • Sleeve Underarm Seam=Tapered
  • Sleeve Cap Ease= 0
  • Sleeve Length=23
  • Sleeve Hem Circumference=9
  • Sleeve Cap Height= -1.75
  • Collar Style= Mandarin
  • Chest Ease= 4
  • Waist Ease= 5
  • Hip Ease= 5

Changes in PE

  • Cut off a 6 in yoke from the front piece
  • converted the lower portion of the front to be cut on the fold

Everything Else

Changes to this draft make it more like outwear than the first pullover. Since the sides are straight, the sideseam drafts to my hip measurement plus 5 inches. That gives me about 8 inches ease at the bust and a slightly more dropped shoulder–thank goodness I shortened the sleeves!

The top of the zipper tape on both these pullovers was folded down into the seam and stitched. This finished the top of the zipper very nicely and leaves no rough edges.

I inserted this zipper in a manner similar to inserting piping into a seam producing a nice neat finish. I used a 9-inch zipper, leaving a portion free above and below the yoke/collar section. It’s hard to explain, but I opened the zipper and flipped the teeth inward prior to stitching the seam. There was still some hand-finishing to do, but not much. I used a roll method to wrap the yoke around the entire garment to stitch the shoulder seams and a portion of the collar together, eliminating almost all of the hand-stitching.

The yoke seam of this pullover is accented by picot lingerie elastic.

I really want to do one more fleece pullover this season. Perhaps I’ll use the casual draft with more chest ease and the fitted side seam. Stay tuned.


Fleece Pullover #3

Pullover #3

This was supposed to be like Kwik Sew 2622, view B, the shawl collar version. I didn’t like it after it was almost done, so I modified it to become this!

It’s warm and snuggly, and I’m very pleased that I didn’t proceed with my original plan.

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