Trending: Pullover Sweaters
Have you spotted that pull-over sweaters keep popping up all over the high street? They are a cool take on a comfy jumper that will update winter and spring outfits with a double dose of warmth. We are always keeping our eyes peeled for trends that translate into sewing patterns and I’ve seen lots of styles featuring a modern half-zip or a half-button placket. The half closure serves as an aesthetic detail, but also means when fastened up you can seal the heat in! They look great in a range of sweater knits, cosy sweatshirt fabrics or warming fleeces (that I’ve seen in lots of fabric shops lately!). Whip one up and wear it until the weather starts to warm!
Here is a selection of pattern options for creating this look, starting with options with half-zip fronts, and then moving into half-button placket designs. Enjoy!
The first one on the list is also my personal sewing list – the Fibre Mood Didi Pullover. This oversized jumper features dropped shoulders and a trendy zip detail. It scores 200% on comfy and has a high wearability factor. This jumper isn’t likely to spend much time in your closet. And Didi is a garment hacker’s dream. Omit the sleeves, and you’ve got an instant, on-trend bodywarmer. That’s right – hack me baby, one more time!
Sizing:UK 6 – 28/30
This new releases feels like it’s right on the money with the designs I spotted on the high street. The Wardrobe by Me Half Zipper Sweater is a sporty pullover with a high collar and a zipper from the neck to the chest. The fit is roomy and comfortable with dropped shoulders and set-in sleeves. You can also make this top as a simple sweatshirt. Add contrast bands to the shoulders and sleeves for a cool retro version. There’s also a very similar style men’s style from Wardrobe by Me. It looks great in fleece fabric.
Sizing: UK 4/6 – 24
I’ve been spotting some really cool fleece fabrics arriving in some of my favourite online fabric shops, and have been pondering what I would make with them. I think the brand new Bara Studio Nela Zip-Neck Sweater is perfect. This comfortable zip-neck sweater has an adjustable elasticated hem. The pattern includes options for a standard or cropped length. It’s a dead-ringer for the high street versions I’ve seen.
Sizing: UK 6 – 18/20
This has to be the coolest on one the list! The Vikisews Lindsey Hoodie is a loose-fitting sweatshirt with a trapeze silhouette. The front features princess seams with internal in-seam pockets, and the back features a shaped yoke. The sweatshirt has a dropped shoulder and long sleeves with cuffs. Lindsey has a tall stand collar with a short centre front closed-end zip. The slightly curved high-low hem has a waistband, and the garment is below hip length. I think you could have some fun using contrasting fabrics, thanks to the princess seams.
Sizing: UK 6 – 20
Format: Paper and PDF
Are you always looking for something warm to pull on before you head out into the cold to walk the dog or run errands? The Sinclair Patterns Morgan Half-zip Hoodie and Pullover has a relaxed fit and the choice of a tall collar or a semi-fitted, fully lined hood with a gusset. Choose regular or longline length, finished with a band or a curved-faced hem. There are options for a zipper guard, welt pockets on the sides and a zippered pocket with a flap.
Sizing: UK 6 – 34 in 3 heights – petite, regular or tall
If you like the idea of a more dramatic collar, The Sewing Workshop Fuji Mt. pattern has the wow factor. This oversized top has an asymmetric collar, tapered sleeves and topstitched hems. You can make it in knit fabrics, or wovens, like linen and raw silk for a polished look.
Sizing: UK 8 – 16/18
This is my absolute favourite option with buttons, and also something I’d love to make. The Style Arc Bert Knit Top is a comfy and easy-fitting top. It features a dropped shoulder line, deep armhole, polo-style collar and tab, and long sleeves with a slight balloon shape – which I love. The collar, tab, cuffs and hem band can be in ribbing or main fabric. Pair with the Ernie Knit Pant for the full lux lounge set!
Sizing: UK 4/6 – 16/18 or UK 18/20 – 32
Oh, I love a good hack idea. I especially love it when someone has done the work for you and created a tutorial… thanks, Paige! I’ve made the Friday Pattern Company Unisex Arlo Track Jacket and I am always looking for ways to get more out of a pattern so was thrilled to see this hack tutorial. Friday Pattern Company have written a blog showing you how to create a button-up fleece sweater using the Arlo Track Jacket pattern. It’s a great hack for the colder months and the finished result is an easy throw-on garment you will want to reach for over and over again.
Read the Friday Pattern Company Arlo Track Jacket Button Hack blog post – with sewing instructions!
Sizing: UK 6 – 34
Format: Pattern in PDF or Paper. Follow the hack tutorial to create the button-up style.
Whether you are strolling in town or hiking up a mountain, the Itch to Stitch Bainbridge Pullover is here to keep you warm and cosy. With a half-snapped front placket and a stand-up collar, the Bainbridge is an excellent layering piece. The bias-bound hem, sleeve hems and collar add an excellent opportunity for colour contrast. Itch to Stitch patterns are great if you usually make bust adjustments, as they come with multiple cup sizes. Job done!
Sizing: US 00 – 40 / UK 6/8 – 34/36. Sizes 00 – 20 have A, B, C, D and DD cups, and sizes 22 – 40 have B, C, D and DD cups
If it’s variety you’re after, the McCalls M8343 Pull-Over Top delivers! This comfy and trendy pull-over top goes well with any outfit! You have four options included with this pattern; a sweatshirt with a half-zip front and elastic cord hem, a half button up front and kangaroo pocket and lapel V-necks – one that includes a hood and stitched hem.
Sizing: UK 4 – 10 or 12 – 20/22