Presenting the perfect after-work project! The super-sized pullover can be sewn in a few hours – even if you are a sewing beginner! Follow this sewing lesson to make our Oversized Pullover sewing pattern that debuted in our Festive Season pattern collection from the December 2016 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this comfy winter staple garment.
Refer to the pattern’s store page here for specific fabric yardage and notion requirements. Also remember to add seam allowance (you can either add to the paper pattern before cutting or to the fabric around the pattern… see below), further info and amounts can be found in the instructions PDF after purchase.
Step 1- CUT PIECES 2 AND 3 FROM A DOUBLE LAYER OF FABRIC:
Fold the fabric lengthwise, right side facing in, matching the selvage edges. Pin pattern piece 2 to the fabric, on the fold. Pin pattern piece 3 to the fabric as shown in the cutting layout. With a ruler and tailor’s chalk, draw seam allowances along the edges of the pattern pieces as follows: no allowances on upper collar edge, lower shirt edge, or lower edge of sleeve band and 1.5 cm (5/8") at all other seams and edges. Cut out the fabric pieces along the chalk lines.
Step 2- CUT THE RIGHT AND LEFT FRONT PIECES FROM A SINGLE LAYER OF FABRIC:
Spread out the remaining fabric, right side facing up. Pin pattern piece 1 to the fabric as shown in the cutting layout – the printed side of the pattern piece faces up. With a ruler and tailor’s chalk, draw 1.5 cm (5/8") wide seam allowances (see Step 1). Remove pins. Turn pattern piece 1 over and pin it to the fabric again, with the printed side facing down. Draw seam allowances. Cut out both front pieces.
Step 3- TRANSFER PATTERN MARKINGS TO THE FABRIC:
Pin the fabric front pieces together, right sides facing, and pin the paper pattern piece 1 to the wrong side of one fabric piece. Use dressmaker’s carbon paper and a tracing wheel to transfer pattern outlines (seam and hem lines) and also the fold lines and seam marks to the fabric pieces (see manufacturer’s instructions). Hand baste along each fold line to make it visible on the right side of the fabric.
Step 4- CENTER FRONT SEAM:
Lay front pieces together, right sides facing. Pin center front seam then stitch as pinned. Tie-off beginning and end of seam with backstitching. Finish edges of seam allowances and press seam open.
Step 5- SHOULDER SEAMS:
Lay the back piece on the front, right sides facing. Pin pieces together along the shoulder edges and the side edges of the cut-on collar – the marked fold lines must meet. At the fold line, clip the allowance of the back piece, approx. 1 cm (3/8") deep (arrow). Stitch edges together as pinned. At each seam, trim allowances to 7 mm (¼") wide. On curves, clip seam allowances several times. Finish edges of seam allowances and press seams open.
Step 6- CUT-ON COLLAR:
Finish the upper edge of the cut-on collar. Fold this edge to the inside, along the marked fold line. Pin the inner edge to the allowances of the shoulder seams and center front seam. Tack the edge to these allowances, with a few stitches by hand.
Step 7- SIDE SEAMS:
Lay the front on the back, right sides facing. Pin each side seam, from the seam mark (3) to the lower edge. Stitch side seams as pinned, tying-off ends of seams with backstitching.
Step 8- CLOSE SLEEVE BANDS TO RINGS:
Fold each sleeve band piece in half lengthwise, right side facing in. Pin edges together, matching seam numbers (4). Stitch edges together as pinned. Finish edges of seam allowances and press seams open.
Step 9- ATTACH SLEEVE BANDS:
Slide each sleeve band into an armhole opening, right sides facing, matching the sleeve band seam to the side seam. Pin the sleeve band to the armhole edge, stretching the sleeve band as needed and matching seam numbers (5). Stitch, beginning and ending at the side seam. Finish edges of allowances together. Pull sleeve band to outside. At side seam, finish edges of allowances and press seam open.
If you sew this top in a printed sweatshirt fabric have fun with pattern mixing and go all out! Here we have it paired with our Sequin Joggers, keep the jewelry simple but also have fun with your bag.
This version sewn in a grey knit bouclé and makes a perfect neutral cozy top that will pair with any slim bottoms. Here we have it paired with our Cigarette Trousers sewn in a bright stretch twill. Have fun with the accessories and make up!
Want more sewing lessons? Check out our last one here on our Flounce Skirt.