Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: My 3 versions of the Sinclair Skylar Knit Hoodie!

Pink and gray ponte Skylar Knit Hoodie (Sinclair Patterns)

Hi everybody, it's Virginie from Jazz Couture and I hope you're doing well! On the blog today I'm showing you 3 interpretations of the Skylar Knit Hoodie (Sinclair Patterns).

A while ago I selected some knit fabrics and I had envisioned wrap dresses, tops and maxi skirts. Well, Sinclair Patterns just released the Skylar Knit Hoodie and that totally changed my plans. I decided to go with my instinct, I bought the pattern and made 3 hoodies in a row. I'm so glad I did, they're just perfect for the changing weather we have here in eastern Canada!


The pattern:

I don't know for you, but me I had never heard of Sinclair Patterns before - they're an Australian company. Here is the pattern illustration of the Skylar Hoodie:





The Skylar Hoodie is a PDF pattern and it offers 4 collar options - you can choose the round sweater neckline, a hoodie, a cowl neck or an overlapped collar - and 2 cuffs options (regular, double). At the $8.99 special release price, I think I got a lot of bang for my bucks!

The fabric:

The fabric selected for my first two versions is a wonderful Italian viscose/poly/lycra ponte. The colours are beautiful and the quality amazing, what more can I say? The Italian pontes at FM usually sell out fast (as did those shown here in the pictures), but right now there are some other great colours. Don't miss out the Italian pontes, they don't stay on the page for long!

I chose to do some colour blocking and I paired the dusty pink with a light heathered gray remnant of cotton/lycra I had at home. Pink and gray is always a great colour combination, don't you think?


For this version of the Skylar pattern I chose the hoodie option

Back of the Sinclair Skylar knit hoodie


The drawstring stoppers are also from Fabric Mart; they're from designer Maiyet and I bought them last year. My only regret is I didn't buy more of those - they look great and really add a special touch to a garment!


A great thing with the Skylar pattern is that the hoodie is lined - you can play with a contrasting fabric, the inside is clean and it adds warmth

The construction of the kangaroo pocket is very clever. I used my coverstitch for the pocket edges, and a satin stitch to reinforce the top and bottom of the pockets.

My second version is made from a cobalt blue Italian viscose/poly/lycra ponte. I did the colour blocking in a different way and paired the blue with a black ponte I already had (from my Fabric Mart stash and I think it's imported from Italy too).

Skylar knit hoodie in black and blue!

Showing the contrasting side panels



















My measurements put me between size XS and S - finally I went with the XS and added a scant 1/4'' at the top of the side seams to have a little more room for the bust


The third version is totally different. The fabric is a rayon/lycra knit from a US Boutique designer, and it came in panels. I thought the print was super interesting and I took 2 panels (apparently I'm not the only one who thought that it was super interesting:  the 125 panels in stock sold out unbelievably fast!).


For this version I chose the cowl neck option

The rayon/lycra knit is naturally more extensible than the ponte. I didn't need to add to the side seams, and I shortened the sleeve by 1''


It took me 2 full panels to make this version

Conclusion:

This was my first experience with Sinclair Patterns and I only have good things to say about them! The drafting is impeccable and there are good, detailed instructions if you need them. The way the front is constructed is super interesting, and you can play with colour blocking in a million different ways! I can't wait to make other versions and I want to try the overlapped collar as well as the double cuffs.

This is a 180 degree turn from what I first had in mind, but I'm glad I followed my instinct 'cause I love my hoodies and they're a great addition to my wardrobe. Do you also sometimes change your sewing plans when you see something interesting? Let me know, and I'd also be interested in knowing which version is your favorite!

Virginie
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2 comments:

  1. You make a hoodie look chic ! They all look fabulous and I love the fabrics you chose .

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, those fabrics are great!

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