Slouched Sweater Pattern Tutorial

One of the first things I learned when I started working from home is that I don't enjoy wearing sweatpants or pajamas during the day.  But I do enjoy feeling comfortable, warm (that's super important now that it's officially fall and cold), put together, and able to move freely. So a big focus this year has been on creating my stylish but casual wardrobe-- where getting dressed take 5 minutes in the morning (it's 5:00am and all I want is my coffee!) and I still feel stylish enough to run errands later in the day.

I feel like this shirt has been my greatest breakthrough yet. I love everything else I've made as well, but this one feels so easy, so comfortable, and like I can run into anyone without wishing I had something else on.

The biggest bonus ever is that the pattern is so simple. I drew the pattern, tested it, and sewed this shirt in 2.5 hours on a Sunday afternoon. That included several iterations of the turtleneck and of course pressing all the seams and finishing them as well. It was just so easy!

Pattern Tutorial

1. Taking Measurements

  • Measure from the top of your shoulder (point 1) to the area you want the sleeve to hit (point 2).
  • Measure your arm (point 2 to point 3).
  • Measure the length of your arm (point 4 to point 5).
  • Measure your hips/waist (point 6 to point 7).
  • Measure your neck (point 1 to point 8). Or if you're like me don't take this measurement and just use an existing pattern for the neck (front and back) pattern.
  • Measure the nap of your neck to the area you want your shirt to hit (point 9 to point 10).

2. Draw Your Pattern 

Using a ruler and the measurements you just took draw out your new pattern on paper. 

  • Hip/Waist: Use the measurement from point 6 to point 7 divided by 4. Draw straight across.
  • Length of shirt: Use the measurement from point 10 to point 9. Draw straight up.
  • Neck: Use the measurement from point 1 to point 8 divided by 4. Or again, if you're like me just use an existing neck pattern.
  • Shoulder: Use the measurement from point 1 to point 2. Draw on a curved line as pictured above. 
  • Arm: Use the measurement from point 2 to point 3 divided by 2). Draw a slanted line as pictured above (mine is slanted by 1 inch).
  • Side: Draw straight up from high/waist measurement (first step above) and straight back from ARM step until the lines intersect. Did I mention you should be using a ruler?
    • Slightly curve the corner as pictured.
  • Turtleneck: Use the measurement from point 1 to point 2 and subtract 1 to 1.5 inches depending on the stretch in your fabric. I subtracted 1.5 inches from mine because I wanted the turtleneck to be pretty snug. 
    • Determine how high you want your turtle neck to be. I folded mine over so be sure and double the height if you decide to fold yours as well.
  • Sleeve: Use the measurement from point 4 to point 5 for the length of your sleeve square (it's really a rectangle, but I like calling it sleeve square better). Use the measurement of point 2 to point 3 for the width.

3. Test Your Pattern!

Here's the thing-- if you've been sewing for awhile and create most of your own patterns you will probably only need to test and adjust this pattern one time. HOWEVER, if you're new (er) to sewing this step will take awhile. But be patient with it. Take your time. This is a fairly easy pattern to practice making adjustments with and it will prepare you for adjustments that more difficult/complicated patterns might need. 

Be patient. Test. Adjust. Repeat. 

4. Sew Your Shirt!

You'll notice my hem has a bit of a curve (shorter in the front than in the back). If you want to replicate that use this linked tutorial. 

Happy Sewing! 

Mindy MeyerShirt