I’m always up for a great sweatshirt, and when the Noord Sweatshirt pattern came across my screen I knew I wanted to try it out. I’ve become really enamored with shirts that have a horizontal yoke across the front. The addition of the other side pieces really give this pattern a distinct look. This is definitely a pattern that you could make 10+ times and your garments would never look the same.
Last year I purchased a grab-box of knit fabrics online for another project and I absolutely lucked out ending up with more in the way of knit yardage than knit scraps. I’ve used up most of my extended yardage and what I’ve had left were a few smaller bits. I knew that the Noord would lend itself nicely as a way for me to use up some of these pieces.
The largest piece I had left was this lovely organic knit with the jackalopes on it and then a fairly large piece of this red that coordinated perfectly. I wasn’t sure which to use on the yoke. Eventually, the yardage dictated my direction, as I had more of the print than the solid.
I have the option of a serger when sewing knits, but the way this pattern goes together it could easily be done with just a straight stitch on a sewing machine. While the pattern seems really complicated, it is a super one even if you are new to knits.
I’m always impressed with Liesl + Co. patterns and the finishing details on the inside. The facing on the bottom edge gives this sweatshirt such a lovely finish on the inside and out.
The fit of this sweatshirt was nothing short of perfect. I am 5’6” and more on the petite side. I sewed a size medium with the A/B cup. On every other sweatshirt pattern I have made (well, let’s be honest, almost any shirt pattern), I end up having to cut off the sleeves due to short arms, but this pattern was perfect! I was so pleasantly surprised when after stitching up the sleeves (and before putting on the cuffs) I tried it on and realized that the cuffs weren’t going to be all the way down to my fingertips!
This pattern is a happily quick sew. Even with all the different pieces, it comes together easily and the directions, as always, are well written. I never fail to come away from sewing a Liesl + Co. or Oliver + S pattern without learning some new technique or a better way of finishing a garment.
My only caveat with this pattern is the amount of seams in the sleeves. I’m a bit sensitive to the feeling of the seam lines on the inside of my garments and after sewing this one I realized there were four seam lines inside the arm. I’m not well-practiced when it comes to French seams, but wonder whether they might help.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend this pattern. It’s a super knit scrap-buster and, as I mentioned in the beginning, the design options are endless.