Recently, our good friends at Papercut Pattern’s released their latest pattern range ‘Ahoy’, a gorgeous trans-seasonal collection of nautically inspired beauties. Although we are in love with ALL of Papercut’s work, we were particularly drawn to one piece, in particular, the ‘Bowline Sweater’ which features a uniquely pleated asymmetrical front. Having just received a new shipment of merino jerseys that were perfect for the job, we decided to dust off our machine and take the Bowline for a test drive.Supplies | To make a bowline of your very own, you will first need to get your hands on the pattern. You can purchase it in-store from any of our physical locations worldwide http://iwant.thefabricstore.co.nz/ OR direct from Papercut Pattern’s website – http://papercutpatterns.com/
You will also need a good pair of shears, ballpoint machine needles and a sewing machine (duh) – We sewed both of our bowlines on a domestic with no trouble at all, so no worries if you don’t have an overlocker at your disposal.Fabric | For this project we used a 100% Merino sweatshirting and the finished result was great! This sweater would also make up beautifully in one of our Premium Merino Jerseys and would give a more fluid, draped look. We wouldn’t suggest making the bowline up in anything lighter than this, or the structure of the shoulder detail may get lost.
Sewing Tips | With its unique pleated front, the Bowline isn’t like any pattern you will have sewn up before. Because of this, it does require a little more brain-power and careful following of instructions, but worth it for the end result!
Tip #1 – Don’t be intimidated by the seemingly bonkers shape of some of the pattern pieces, Katie has put together an incredible pictorial sewing guide, which if used along with the pattern instructions makes the sewing process easy breezy – Bowline Sweater TutorialTip #2 – Pin your neck-binding people! Don’t let impatience get the better of you and freestyle this step. Cowboy-style binding attempts can be spotted a mile away and will undo all the good work you do on the rest of your garment.Tip #3 – This image won’t make any sense until you are in the sewing process, but this is what your seam should look like after step #4 (Wanted to include it as it was a step that we found a little confusing, and thought it would be helpful as reference).
We were super happy with our finished Bowline. In particular, the heavier weight of the merino sweatshirting gave the front a sculptural, neoprene-esque look which we absolutely loved. Good luck with your Bowline Sweater’s people! See you next post X