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Simplicity 1463 in Lavender Stripe Sweater Knit

I recently purchased a shirt at Nordstrom Rack which I LOVE (see it here in a previous post of mine) and wanted to duplicate. But then, I spotted this pattern at Jo-Ann last week and snatched it up in a jiffy for $1.99 (love that). I know a lot of people probably think I draft all my own patterns…um, no. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I mean, some people do. But I don’t. I’m too busy teaching everyone else to do it. Ha!

So, I buy patterns. No, I hoard them. I love them. Indie patterns, Big 4 patterns, vintage patterns, you name it. I. LOVE. PATTERNS.

And I especially love this one. 

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I’m not a fan of the whole pointing-to-the-crotch hem on views E, D and C, but I LOVE the high-low hem of view A and the subtle flare of E, D and C. I plan to combine different elements of these tops to get lots of looks. Call the high-low thing a trend if you want, or call it a Utah fad…I call it really effing flattering.

No seriously, I am a high-low fan. A HIGH-LOW FAN, I TELL YOU! Not so much on skirts though. Okay maybe sometimes…

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Anyway, let me tell you about this pattern: Simplicity 1463.


I didn’t really read them. I’m sure they’re fine though – there aren’t a whole lot of ways you can screw this one up.

Pattern Pieces

Great. Fit together well, lots of notches (MIE), etc.

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I made a size small (10-12) and, as you guys know, I’m 5’6″, 120-ish pounds with a 34″ bust, 27-29″ waist and 37″ hips. It’s perfect in my opinion, but there might be too much ease for some tastes. I absolutely LOVE the fit, and this is exactly how I wanted it to look.

Modifications I Made


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Things I’d Change Next Time

Nothing. Oh except that I’d cut like 20 of them at once.

Fabric Choice

I used an airy, lightweight sweater knit that had been taunting me for several months. I bought it in January at the Michael Levine Loft in Los Angeles, and I had no idea what to do with it or how to sew it. I just knew I wanted it…and you know, that it was $2.99/pound (or something like that). It was surprisingly easy-to-sew, and the bottom hem worked fine with my coverstitch machine. Only problem was, I couldn’t really unpick stitches after making, um, a few mistakes (like sewing the cuffs on upside-down so the seams are showing, doh). It has very little recovery and like a thousand percent stretch, so I did have to be careful with it while sewing. Oh, and looser knits like this one WILL fray, so serging is essential.

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Yes. I will wear this every day. It’s nice to throw on over a tank for a little coverage without overheating me in the 90+ degree temps. And I feel all model-off-duty wearing it. You know, like I belong on the “She wore it right!” page at the back of a magazine. I have no idea if I AM actually wearing it right, but I feel like I am.

Overall Impression

Awesome, awesome pattern…and exactly what I was looking for. This one will absolutely go into regular rotation.

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What do you think? Do you like my slouchy, high-low top as much as I do?! Have you sewn with sweater knit? Do you love it/hate it/have tips?

  • Martha McKeon

    Great top! I just started using sweater knits, and I adore them! Made 3 longish cardigan type light sweaters with them this Spring. Very fun!

  • Sarah Sarver

    This looks amazing Lauren. I am going to buy this pattern this weekend!

  • Janelle

    Lauren, thanks for the inspiration. Your top is fantastic and I love the fit. I’ve been sitting on this pattern in my stash for probably 6 months. Had good intentions of modifying it for a maternity top for my daughter, but think I will make one for me.

  • Beth Byrge

    View D of this is next on my list, and maybe I’ll have to whip up View A as well after seeing this! Our measurements are about the same (except I’m shorter) and I’d like a little less ease, so I’ll size down (my husband thinks everything I make is too big). Thank you for posting that info as part of your review!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Glad to help! I do think more people should post their measurements! It doesn’t help at all to know what size they made if you have no idea what size they are!

  • Juliette Bonnin Lanvers

    love it, naturally!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks, Juliette!

  • abby @ thingsforboys

    Gorgeous! Such a lovely fabric. It looks so effortless.

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks, Abby!

  • Jenya

    Definitely from the She wore it right page Lauren!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thank you, Jenya! :)

  • Linsey

    Do you think this is something that a super-beginner (like me) could manage to not screw up? I have only ever cut out ummm… like one pattern before. I don’t know that I would dare attempt it with a sweater material like you did, but maybe something in a cotton or cotton blend? Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

    • Lauren Dahl

      I don’t know if sewing with any knit (stretchy) fabric is ideal for a beginner. I would start with a woven fabric like chambray, linen, etc. Those are a little easier to start with! I can recommend some patterns if you’re interested.

      • Linsey

        If you have some recommendations, that would be wonderful! My mom is quite the seamstress, but she teaches by showing me, and I learn by doing… so unfortunately not much of what she ever taught me has stuck. I would love to start with a pattern that I could try to do all on my own. Thank you so much!