Results from testing the new Dean pattern.

The latest pattern to join the Bobbins and Buttons pattern range is the Dean sweatshirt. A mens sweatshirt pattern. This completes the trio of simple raglan sleeve sweatshirts catering for the whole family. Also this is the first pattern for guys. As always I wanted to have some outside opinions before going ahead with launching and publishing the pattern. A great group of pattern testers whipped up these sweatshirts in no time for their fellas or sons. Here are the results:

Abi made her hubby this red version with contrast rib trim which gives it an instant sporty feel just by choice of colours.

Abi made a size medium. She says he is particularly pleased with the body and sleeve length.

Debbie made this fab dino print version for her husband. The great thing about making your own is you do have total freedom with print and colour. This is definitely showing guys don’t need to be limited to the mundane prints on ready to wear.

Rebecca graded between sizes to get the ideal fit for her husband and used our French terry to make this classic wardrobe stable version.

Emma was concerned her husbands chest size was larger than catered for in the pattern, however using a softer fabric with more stretch the size worked out well.

Louise made this fabulous stripey version for one of her sons. She found the neckband very easy to apply from the instructions even with out watching the you tube tutorial. She now has plans to make more for her other sons.

Shelia made a classic navy version for her husband who is definitely demonstrating the perfect fit.

Emma went for a pale blue version adding a stitch detail at the neck which is a great idea especially if you don’t use an overlocker to make this.

All in all great results, the pattern is now available as a pdf download or a paper pattern. Just in time for a special Christmas present or maybe a silly xmas sweater version!!

I hope you enjoy the pattern.


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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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