I used to do a ton of pattern tests. When I first started sewing, I signed up as a pattern tester for Ellie and Mac, which was a phenomenal way to learn to sew because it gave me exposure to lots of different techniques and styles. From there, I was given the opportunity to test for many other pattern designers and have learned so much! Now that I am fairly experienced, I have started to really limit the number of pattern tests I participate in to prioritize my time, typically only doing tests for styles that I don’t have a pattern for, or at that have finishing techniques I haven’t used so I can learn new ways of doing things. I love to learn new finishes and ways to make my garments look more professional, and that is exactly why I joined the Sequoia Dolman pullover test with Peekaboo Patterns! I love the split hem on it, and the finishing technique makes it look so professional!
I decided to use olive baby French Terry from Surge because it’s lightweight enough that I can still wear at this time of year in the desert, particularly for these few brisk mornings. I ordered a few different colors during their pre-order, I want to say it was only five dollars a yard and I absolutely love the weight and feel of this fabric! Though it does take a bit extra care because it can pill if not treated properly, I love French Terry for pull overs and joggers.
This pattern is really lovely because it has a few fun options, including neck band or a hood, a kangaroo pocket option, and a split hem or band. What drew me to this pattern was the finishing technique on the split him, I love how it is finished and looks very professional. There’s just enough height difference from the front to the back to add a bit of visual interest, and then I added some drawstrings for a bit of extra flair.
The drawstrings are a ribbon trim from Etsy, which can be found here. I got both the black base and the white base, and I think it’s such a fun nod to the sewist in me without being super obvious! I love how many sewists immediately spotted it though!!
This is such a nice, easy to wear style and I will certainly be making more for my cozy-clothes-only quarantine! If you would like to take a look at this pattern, here is my affiliate link. It costs you nothing and helps support my sewing hobby, I very much appreciate your readership and support!
Hope you and your family are happy and healthy, and hanging in there!