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The Stella sweater // Fibre Mood

I’m already on to my second Fibre Mood make!

This pattern, the Stella sweater, is from their second pattern book (which I don’t actually have – I got this pattern as a PDF download instead) – it’s a cropped dolman sleeve sweater with extra panels on the sleeve. It’s finished with a ribbed cuffs, neckband and hem band. The sample garment has extra detailing with piping in the sleeve seams which really added to a ‘sport’ feel.

I really wanted to try this style out as I’m always looking for a layering garment that goes well over high waisted skirts and trousers. It’s an area I’ve always found difficult to fill!

I opted to make this out of a grey grid knit that I picked up from My Fabrics. It’s a poly wool mix with a kind of holey pattern going on. I thought it would really work as a spring layering item!

For the cuffs/ bands, I used a grey rib knit from my stash. Luckily the grey matched really well as I wasn’t planning on buying anything else! I also used the rib knit as a ‘contrast’ sleeve panel just to keep it interesting.

The pattern itself is really quite simple – it’s all straight lines pretty much and no complicated techniques.

You have to add the seam allowance to the pattern which worked out in my favour for once! I added the correct width so I could sew the whole thing on the overlocker without a worry instead of the 1cm guidelines. Handy right?

Looking at the finished article, I think I could’ve shortened it a little. It’s hitting me at the high hip point as opposed to the waist which means I still need to tuck it in to look decent with a skirt. It’s an easy fix though at least!

This is a great simple pattern that I really enjoyed making. I think it’ll definitely be very wearable in the years to come!

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