Sporty in the cropped version

A review of Nina Lee Southbank Sweater and Sweater Dress

Reviewed by Jolette on 7th September, 2020

My perfect sweater?

Am loving the sporty proportions of the cropped length Southbank with “slouchily” (very) long sleeves.  Overall a closer fit and thus warmer than the LB Pullover, but probably too close-fitting to wear much underneath other than a silk vest.  Can see me making several, long enough to tuck in, as base-layer polo necks.


You can see it here with five other sweater patterns all from The Foldline.

Top Row: Southbank by Nina Lee; LB Pullover by Paper Theory; Toaster #1 by Sew House Seven.

Bottom Row: Orono by Itch to Stitch; Talvikki by Named; Jocko by Ready to Sew

Making up

I cut a size 10 but graded out an additional 1” at the waist and graded out the sleeve to size 12 (+ 0.5cm) each side at the bicep.  Same ponte roma fabric and machine settings as for the LB Pullover.  This was also a quick make – from start to finish in an afternoon but slightly trickier than the LB Pullover.  I tacked the more-fitted sleeve head, and the cuffs were an additional operation.

Fitting and alterations

Very happy with the body fit and I like the snug neck but would consider making a size 12 next time to accommodate a T-shirt underneath.  Although I knew the sleeves would probably be too long on me, I went with the pattern length unaltered in order to experience the “slouchily long” design.  An inch shorter would be more comfortable on me.  Alternatively, a sleeve half an inch longer could incorporate a large buttonhole for the thumb to pull the sleeve even further down the hand in keeping with the sporty motif.