Have you ever had that feeling when you come across a pattern and realise it’s everything you ever wanted but didn’t know you needed? That’s what this Grasser pattern 513 was like for me!
The pattern is a oversized boxy, dropped shoulder sweater with asymmetric curved panels in the front and back, cropped length, faced hem and tied 3/4 length sleeves. It’s a modern and interesting sweater pattern and just the perfect antidote to the plain basic patterns of years past (not that there’s anything wrong with those but there’s only so many one can make!).
I knew immediately that I had to have this pattern and what I’d use to make it!
I’d stashed a piece of yellow plush backed sweatshirting from Guthrie and Ghani a couple of Christmases ago for a special occasion. (I basically hadn’t decided whether to make an off shoulder sweater or sweatpants out of it so I ended up not doing anything with it!). It’s perfectly soft on the inside but the fabric has a fair bit of bounce and hold to it – perfect for a sweater like this where you don’t want a drapey fabric. The recommended fabrics include using neoprene (scuba) so you can imagine the kind of body required!
The pattern itself is simple enough to understand which is good because the instructions for this were rather basic especially compared to the previous Grasser patterns I’ve used (here and here). It’s almost as though they were written by different companies or they had changed their design/ branding for their newer pattern designs and had updated the instructions for those only.
I wouldn’t want this to put you off this pattern though. I think it’s easy enough to make with even the most basic of instructions.
The fabric piece I had was really wide so I ended up hardly using any of it for the sweater itself. It meant I had plenty left over to whip up some shorts to make a matching loungewear set!
I drafted these myself, loosely basing them on a pair of shorts I already had. I made them quite wide in the leg and added elastic in the waistband. I put in buttonholes for a tie as well but ended up not threading one through as it fitted well without. At least I’ve got the option on adding one in future though!
It’s just the sunniest of outfits and can cheer up even the most miserable of days!