I’m excited to be sewing SO MUCH these past few weeks. I can’t wait to show you all of the projects I’m working on towards Creativ Festival – but today, I get to show off the Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory. Yesterday we went out into the finally-Spring weather and I got a few outdoor photo-shoots taken as well. It’s very nice to mix work and play on a sunny afternoon!

I’m so happy to have a go-to pattern for my husband. In fact, I have made two somethings – two of these sweaters! This is the first one, the other was in the wash, or we would have photographed it as well. Good sign, it being in the wash, since both of these have been worn at least once a week since I made them early this year. Hooray! I would definitely make more, and I don’t think my husband would protest. He really likes them both!

Here are a few things I love about it:

  • My husband loves to wear them! It’s comfortable and still looks nice.
  • The hems are all banded – easier than hemming.
  • It’s fast! Especially with a serger (though you don’t need one).
  • I love that it’s made from knits – the fit is simpler.
  • Lots of variations – shawl collar, decorative neck facing, overlapped lined hood, kangaroo pocket.

Thoughts on the pattern:

  • The instructions are well written.
  • The steps are drawn – not photographed. And well illustrated.
  • It includes Body measurements and Finished Garment measurements. Super helpful when choosing a size.
  • Includes tips for more professional finish, like using clear elastic on the shoulders.

Thoughts on the fit:

  • The pattern includes a good range of sizes, XS-XXL.
  • Based on the measurements, I made a large graded out to an XL at the waist for comfort.
  • I also shortened the length of the sleeves according to the measurements and it worked out great.
  • The finished size and fit was consistent with the measurements given.

Things I might change next time:

  • In my second sweater, I made the bottom of the arms a bit thinner. We liked how it turned out, but the knit was not as stretchy as this version so it’s a bit tight on the lower arms.
  • I’d like to try the shawl collar, but I haven’t found the right fabric yet. Plus it’s finally becoming spring – so maybe we’ll see more of them in the fall.
A note to Thread Theory… Please Morgan, could you design an awesome current-style dress shirt? I’d love to make one!

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, and I did not receive this pattern or any compensation it, it’s just really great and I wanted to let you know.