I will admit that over my time sewing I enter phases where I feel like I have seen it all and sewn it all - I call it my personal sewing burnout because it isn't a true reflection of the sewing world. But the day I saw the first image posted of the Andover Pullover from Terra's Treasures, my eyes lit up and I just knew that I HAD to make this!!!
I went with the unlined version of the pullover with pockets. Can I just say that these pockets are adorable, I'm a sucker for a gathered pocket - such an easy detail that adds so much girly flair. My daughter is currently obsessed with pink and purple, so I was happy to go into my stash and use this adorable houndstooth from Joann Fabric and Art Gallery's Les Points En Rose by Cherie that I got from Whimsical Fabric. She grinned from ear to ear when she saw this combination, and I have to say that I got soooooooo many compliments on this outfit!
So let's talk Pattern:
- Size 6-12m through 16 - holy moly that is a HUGE size range!!!
- Option of lined or unlined zip up jacket or pullover. Long sleeved with optional pockets.
- 32 pages of beautifully computer drafted pattern pieces with both color and dashed lines to differentiate sizes. It is a lot of pages, but with long sleeves, a hood, and a full pleated front, it is understandable. You can save a few pages of printing by not printing the front lining if you are doing the unlined version.
- Detailed instructions with clear color photographs.
- Variety of Testers Images to show you ideas and fit on a range of sizes.
- I would call this advanced beginner - the placket and zipper instructions are clearly described in the instructions, but these are still slightly more advanced techniques. You can certainly use this pattern to learn though!!!
And the final results - well I think they speak for themselves!!! My daughter LOVES wearing it, she loves the pockets, she loves the hood - I have a feeling I will be making more of these quite soon. And keep your eyes peeled for my review of the Women's Andover coming soon.
Thanks for that great review, Suzanne! It's a tough act to follow, but I'm so excited to be tag teaming this review with you!
When I first saw this Andover Pullover and Jacket from Terra's Treasures, I immediately knew that I wanted to lengthen it and make a dress. I mean, can it get any cuter than a dress with a hood? Not. Possible! I also knew that I wanted to see if one of my border print fabrics would work well with this pattern, and sure enough, I had a winner! I chose this great dual pink print from Beauty Queen and a bold, navy floral from Lucky Girl, both by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics. Anything plus Jennifer Paganelli is always a win-win in my book, no matter how you add it up.
I mentioned lengthening the tunic, as well as making other adjustments, and I'll address those later. First, let me give you the 4-1-1 on this sweet and versatile pattern.
- Ranges from size 6-12M to 16.
- Uses a wide variety of fabrics, including wovens, fleece, knit, flannel, and wool.
- Includes step-by-step instructions with photos.
- Has 32 pages to print for all pattern elements and you can select to print ONLY your desired size.
- Has options for pullover or lined jacket with instructions for both.
- Rated for everyone, including beginners, but READ carefully, especially with the challenging placket. But YOU can DO it!
In my version, I lengthened the tunic by 4". I had to attach extra paper and grade lines out, as the pattern pieces have an angled side. Easy peasy, though! I also added crochet edge piping for the pockets, which I think adds just the perfect kiss of sweetness to this dress. The last change I made was making a fully lined hood, which I HAD to have to show off that fun peek of navy floral fabric.
There are some challenging elements to this pattern, like the pleats and the placket. Don't let that scare you if you're a beginner, though. Read carefully and check your work with the pictures, and you can get through it. I'm really slow when it comes to sewing, so I think this would be a 2-3 hour project depending on your speed and what options you choose.
I can definitely see using this pattern later on in the Spring for a light jacket, or maybe even a rain coat! Head over to Terra's Treasures and add this must sew to your PDF stash!