True Bias

True Bias Marlo Sweater

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We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the printed A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day.

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Buy the Marlo Sweater sewing pattern from True Bias. Marlo is an oversized sweater with a dropped shoulder, deep V-neck, wide bands and large buttons. View A is cropped length. View B has patch pockets and hits around mid thigh.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PAPER (next working day dispatch on orders and FREE UK delivery over £50)

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: The main sweater can be sewn up in stretch or nonstretch fabric. The bindings require at least 20% stretch. You can use the same fabric for both or use a contrasting fabric for the bindings. Suggested fabrics include medium weight fabrics such as sweater knit, french terry, sweatshirting, polar fleece, rib knit and boucle.

Fabric requirementsThe fabric requirements assume you are using the same fabric for the main sweater and bindings. If using a contrasting binding, source 3/4 yd and subtract it from the total. Extra fabric may be needed to match stripes/plaids.

Sizes 0 - 18: View A: 45" (114 cm) wide fabric (sizes 0-14 only): 2.5 yd (2.3 m) / 54" (137 cm) wide fabric: 2 - 2.5 yd (1.8 - 2.3 m) // View B: 45" (114 cm) wide fabric (sizes 0-14 only): 3 yd (2.7 m) / 54" (137 cm) wide fabric: 2.2 - 3 yd (2 - 2.7 m).

Sizes 14 - 30: 54" (137 cm) wide fabric: View A, 2.5 yd (2.3 m) // View B, 3 yd (2.7 m).

Sizing: US 0 – 18 with a C cup (approx. UK 8 – 20) or US 14 – 30 with a D cup (approx. UK 16 – 32). Please check the size charts and finished garment measurements.

Note: The size ranges have been drafted from different blocks. The 14 – 30 block has a slightly more curvy set of dimensions than the 0 – 18 block. The 14 – 30 block has a D instead of a C cup (meaning a 4″ rather than a 3″ difference between your full and high bust) and has a 1″ larger difference between the waist and hip circumference. Both size ranges are drafted for an average height of 5’5″.

Notions: Coordinating thread; stretch sewing machine needle; 1/4 yd fusible interfacing // View A: Three 1 1/8” (30 mm) buttons // View B: Four 1 1/8” (30 mm) buttons // Optional: 3/4 yd (sizes 0-18) or 1 yd (sizes 14-30) of 3/8" clear elastic.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; print-at-home pattern (58 pages for sizes 0-18, 60 pages for sizes 14-30); A0 copy shop pattern (3 sheets for sizes 0-18, 3 sheets for sizes 14-30); US copy shop pattern (1 sheet for sizes 0-18, 1 sheet for sizes 14-30).

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Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Melanie Keane
Marlo sweater…so snuggly

The Marlo comes in 2 lengths and I chose the longer length which is view B. I’m 165cm and fairly slim on top so I chose a size 4 which I’m happy with. I used a jacquard knit fabric for the main sweater and a soft jersey rib for the neck band and cuffs. The fabric was great to sew and I used mainly my overlocker apart from sewing the 2 neck band pieces together and the cuffs. I reduced the cuff width by 1cm. I adjusted the differential dial on my overlocker to 1.5 (the normal setting is 1) I decided on 3 buttons rather than the suggested 4 which was just my personal preference. Pattern matching needed thinking about but I’m pleased with the results. I really enjoyed this make, I’ve had lots of compliments on it and it is super warm and snuggly.

for more photos go to my Instagram post and search me up under melaniekeane (for some reason I couldn’t upload more than one photo)…


What a lovely cardigan! I’ve had this pattern for a while after seeing how popular it was but only just got round to making it. I made this out of French Terry and matching cuff fabric from Guthrie and Ghani. I omitted the buttons as the cuff was very stretchy but it still looks great!  The instructions were really clear and it was a quick and easy sew (I would class myself as an adventurous beginner who doesn’t like zips or buttonholes!), I can definitely see me making more and if the fabric is more stable I’ll be attempting buttonholes!

Tanya Brooman
A great cardigan pattern

I really liked the Marlo sweater pattern when I first saw it as it looked like it would go with lots of outfits. I decided on a patterned fabric and used the Jane French Terry (which is from my shop Bornella Fabrics) that has 20% stretch. The pattern gives options for 20% and 40% stretch which I haven't seen before - it means that you can make the whole garment out of one fabric, rather than using a different cuffing or ribbing fabric.

Down to construction then, I cut a straight size 8 based on my measurements and I'm happy with the sizing - it's boxy and oversized but doesn't swamp me. The fabric requirements on the pattern say 1.8m are required but I think I managed to cut it out of approx 1.25m (not following the lay plan). I didn't attempt to pattern match anything.

I find True Bias' instructions to be detailed and straightforward. Definitely great if you're new to sewing or sewing with stretch. In fact the pattern gives you two options for sewing the neckband, based on your skill level: 1) an easy version and 2) an intermediate version, which I did. From the outside of the garment there is minimal difference between the two. Just a line of visible stitching on the easy version. However the finish on the inside of the intermediate version is much neater so it just comes down to preference and confidence.


The neckband is definitely the trickiest part of the make. Two things went a little wobbly for me. Firstly, my neckband ended up a little short when I attached it so I had to do some creative 'recovery' - no unpicking required and it worked out fine. My other wobble was stitching in the ditch which I'm terrible at even on a good day. In hindsight I should have made my stitch length longer and I will for next time. So both my issues with the neckband were caused by me and not the pattern.

Overall I'd really rate this pattern and can see me getting a lot of wear out of it.

Happy sewing,

Tanya xx

PS. if you want to read a more detailed review, you can find it here.

Soft and snuggly layering

I’ve seen so many lovely Marlos recently which inspired me to buy this pattern. This is the cropped version in a soft and snuggly brushed cotton pique from Mind the Maker - it’s medium weight with just enough stretch to work out. This fabric is almost 70” wide so great to only need 1.3m for this cardi.
I sized down 1 to 2 sizes for a more fitted look, making a 14 from the curvier 14 - 30 (D Cup) option and I really like how it’s turned out in this fabric. If I was using a heavyweight fabric, I probably wouldn’t size down so much.
A lovely sew and quick make.

Lady C
Loved it - Marlo Sweater

This is my second cardigan I have made using this pattern, and I will make more I am sure. I made a size 10, which is a nice comfortable relaxed fit. I made  the short versions, the first one I made to the pattern instructions, but this second one i added 2 inches on to the length which I prefer. I used my Overlocker to do all the stitching, which worked very well. This fabric is a knit jacquard cotton jersey from Fabric godmother, which is lovely and soft. Unfortunately for both cardigans I made I was unable to do machine buttonholes as the fabric was just a bit too thick , so I actually hand stitched the buttonholes which worked ok on a pattern fabric but I wouldn’t hand stitch a plain fabric as you would see the imperfections!,!!! The instructions are very easy to follow, I decided to change the way I finished the neck band due to the thickness of the fabric. The pattern tells you to edgestitch the neck band to catch the folded edge underneath, but I just hand stitched the neckband underneath which works perfectly well. Throughly recommend this pattern.