This versatile pattern is great for boys and girls. It’s a cool-weather pullover with color blocking for added interest. If you make it from light-weight quilting cottons, it can also be a great layering piece in not-so-cool weather, too.
One of my favorite aspects of this pattern is that you can select a heavier fabric as the base and a lighter printed fabric as the contrast. The base fabric forms a sort of lining for the full front and back of the pullover. This provides the insulation of the heavier fabric all over the pullover while the contrast fabric brings some visual interest. You might try pairing a solid color cotton fleece or terrycloth with a quilting cotton for the contrast fabric. The fleece or terry will line the pullover while the quilting cotton will make it more interesting on the outside.
Use the contrast fabric for the collar and neck facing for a fun little detail.
The kangaroo pocket is easy to sew and is fun for children to use. It extends all the way across the front of the pullover and is formed by the two layers of fabric. There isn’t a pocket bag, and the inside of the pullover has a clean finish.
This pattern will work best with woven fabrics, but feel free to experiment with knits, too. I’m looking forward to making it with fine-wale corduroy or lightweight stretch denim, but I might make one from cotton fleece for chilly fall days.
This pattern comes with a quick and easy knit pant, which we’ll discuss shortly. And in my next post I’ll introduce you to sewing with knits. No, you don’t need a serger. And it’s incredibly easy!