aimee’s noord sweatshirt

Aimee from the Advisors Circle sewed up a fun version of the new Noord T-Shirt and Sweatshirt and she’s here today to tell you about it.

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.

Aimee's DIY sweater is the perfect cozy winter garment.

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.

Aimee's DIY sweater is the perfect cozy winter garment.

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.

Aimee's DIY sweater is the perfect cozy winter 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.


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  1. Melody

    Love your sweatshirt, I was thinking the seams could be topstitched flat to prevent them from chafing you inside the sleeves Great Job!! Happy Sewing from Iowa

    1. Aimee

      That’s a great idea. I’m still tossing around other ways to figure out how to work with these seams. It’s such a lovely pattern and such fun to sew.

    2. Aimee

      Thanks so much! Top stitching might be a cool option…especially with the right knit fabrics. Maybe a solid with a different colored stitching. It’s so true that this pattern could make a million different versions

  2. I love the hemline, how well it is stitched and the fabrics you chose to make it. So well done.

    1. Aimee

      Thank so much! It’s honestly such a lovely pattern to put together. And the hemline is one of my favorite parts.

  3. Enbee

    I’m a die-hard French seam fan for wovens, but I think they might be bulky in knits. Although to be fair, I’ve never tried it. Maybe flat-felling, or faux flatlocking, instead?

    1. Aimee

      You are probably so right about the thickness. That’s one reason why I wasn’t even sure if they would be an option. I’ve done flat felling once and you might be right…that might be a better option to try.

  4. Lyndsey

    Love this version Aimee!

  5. This is one of the prettiest versions so far, Aimee. thank you for the inspiration.

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