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Made By A Fabricista: Sweater Weather

Sweater weather is officially here to stay! After experiencing a relatively warm early autumn in Pennsylvania, I wasn't sure it was going to get cold enough to wear sweaters every day, but it did! Since sweater weather seems to be sticking around, I decided to make my husband two new sweaters! 

My husband is my behind-the-scenes cheerleader and sewing support. He is always willing to help me with photos of my makes, and he often gives me a second opinion when I get stuck in the creative process. To thank him for his support, I wanted to make him a couple of new cozy sweaters! 

I found some really nice rayon polyester lycra brushed sweater knit fabrics on the Fabric Mart website that I knew he would love, so I let him pick which colors he preferred. He really liked the heathered shadow blue and the heathered bright gray colors, so we got them both! I also got a new pack of chrome ballpoint 80/12 Schmetz needles to make sewing these sweater knits a dream! 

When my Fabric Mart order arrived, I was so happy with how soft and cozy the sweater knits were. They went above and beyond my expectations with their soft and cozy feel. 

I used the Ellie and Mac Pullover Shawl-Collar Sweater pattern for the shadow blue sweater knit fabric. The pattern has a shawl collar and button which elevates it beyond just a standard sweater pattern. The fit of the pattern is a straight fit. Having made this pattern before, I knew that the sweater might end up being a little roomy on my husband in this weight and drape of sweater knit fabric. So, I went ahead and shaved about 1/2 inch off each side seam and sleeve to make the sweater a slimmer fit. I'm glad I removed that extra 1/2 inch on either side, because it made the sweater fit really well while still enabling him to wear an undershirt. 

I paired the sweater with a beige and caramel colored button that I've had in my button box for years. I figured this would be the perfect button to contrast the shadow blue fabric and to pair nicely with khakis and my husband's favorite pair of cognac boat shoes. 

Next, I wanted to make a classic crew neck sweater with the bright gray sweater knit fabric. My husband loves to layer long sleeved button downs under sweaters when the weather is chilly, making crew neck sweaters his go to.

There are so many men's raglan sleeved crew neck sweater patterns out there, but I decided early on that I didn't want to make him a raglan sleeved sweater. He tends to enjoy wearing classic set in sleeves, so that was what I looked for. I was happy when I found the Hainsville Hoodie from Rain City Patterns because it had everything I was looking for, plus tons of other options for future makes. 

Sewing the Hainsville was very straight forward. If you've sewn a classic t-shirt before, it's the exact same process. I loved that the pattern had wristbands and a waistband because it made the whole assembly process super fast. Also, I loved that there was no hemming involved in the making of this sweater! 

In the photos, my husband paired his gray Hainesville sweater with a pair of black jeans and a dark grey collared button down. He could also wear the sweater to work with black or dark gray dress pants to elevate it even more. With both of these sweaters in his closet now, he'll have plenty of cozy options to keep him warm throughout fall and winter! 

If you have an opportunity to get some of this brushed sweater knit fabric, or something similar, you should seize the opportunity! You won't regret how soft, warm and cozy you'll feel while wearing this fabric! 

SHAINA   @shaina_sews 

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories SWEATER KNITS & KNITS.


  1. Looking good, Zeke ! Congrats on the new baby.

  2. You did a Great Job on them! You and Hubby make a great team!

  3. That's wonderful! I've recently started sewing for my husband as well. This is just the encouragement I needed to push on. Great job.

  4. Very handsome sweaters! Great job!

  5. Looks very professional! Did you use a serger for the knits?

  6. Congratulations, great Job! I have sewed multiple sweaters. They are fun to construct. But usually, I top stitch on my Baby lock, BUT always construct via serger. Lots of nice tricks with construction. Fabric Mart multiple great sweater knits! You produced 2 fabulous looking sweaters!

  7. Great needle type tip. These two colors look so good on your husband, especially the blue and I love the big button. The look good both with and without a shirt under them. I'm going to start thinking more about sweater knits for my husband as well as others.


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