The long awaited Arlington Sweater by Love Notions is here! By now you’ve seen a ton of sneak peeks and I’m so happy to let you know it’s finally release day! I have no doubt the Arlington will live up to all your expectations and more. As a Love Notions ambassador, I had the pleasure of testing this lovely new pattern and I can say with certainty, all of us testers fell in love instantly. We’ve all made multiples at this point!
The Arlington Sweater is designed for knit fabrics and is your basic sweater pattern, but with some not so basic features! If you’re a long time follower of mine, you know I love a good classic with a twist and Arlington is just that! Let’s have a look at the options:
3 Body Views
- Hip Length Shirt
- Banded Shirt
- Above Knee Dress
- Mock Neck
5 Sleeve Options
- Short Puff
- Long Puff
- Elbow Sleeve
- Long Sleeve
Your fabric should have at least 40% stretch. Each view looks different depending on the drape of your fabric. Think sweater knit, jersey, interlock, french terry. Drapier fabrics are more suitable for the cowl neck view. This island gal has a ton of luscious sweater knits in her stash. You’re probably a bit confused right? Well first of all, I just love fall fashion. I really adore all the cozy things! It could be because I get cold very easily. I’m in a hoodie in the supermarket because it’s freezing in there. Meanwhile, everyone else is in shorts and a tank! It could be because I used to work in a cold airconditioned office and lived in sweaters and jackets. No idea but I am just drawn to everything Fall! Even the colours!
But why is my stash filled with sweater knits? You see, hubby and I were planning a special Christmas trip to the UK so I could experience snow and I was planning to sew all the cold weather cozy things. I did opt for lighter weight sweater knits so I could wear them here in Barbados as well, don’t worry! We don’t have much knit options here. I can mostly find ITY and other slinky jerseys or the opposite side of the spectrum, scuba and pique. When I order knits online, I tend to order fabrics I can’t get locally… all the yummy rib knits, french terry and sweater knits.
For my first Arlington, I chose this gorgeous plum brushed rib knit. Very light and drapey and I was surprised at how well it held up the mock neck. This fabric makes me want to hug myself! As an islander, I was ecstatic when Tami said she was adding a short sleeve option and I was even more excited when I realized it was going to be puffy! Oh my word.. is there anything more ‘Keira’ out there? I’ve always loved a banded top so that was a no brainer too. I selected the mock neck for testing because I didn’t have a visual of the cowl neck at the time. However, now that I’ve seen the cowl.. it’s hands down my favourite option in this entire pattern! The neckline is more open so even better for my climate. Hint: Watch this space for my next version!
Sizing & Alterations
Arlington is available in sizes XS-5X with a full bust option. Stuck with my usual size Large standard bust and the only alteration I had to make was adjusting the length. I shortened my top 1.5″ for my 5’4″ frame. Even with shortening, I am still able to get that nice blousy effect of the banded shirt. The short puff sleeves are a little big on me but since that test, Tami has edited the pattern a number of times. There’s even an option now to add a band to the short puff sleeve instead of a regular hem. Like I said.. stay tuned for my next version.. it’s gonna be a good one. With the sleeve band addition, It means I didn’t have to touch my sewing machine at all. I sewed the entire thing on the serger.. oh my goodness I can’t wait to share it with you!
Arlington is on sale for release week for $3 off the regular price. That means you can grab the pattern for $9!
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Which option are going to sew up first? Let me know in the comments below!