Navigator pullover

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Kelly, the boys designer at Love Notions patterns, recently competed on Project Run & Play, and came in second place! I love following the seasons even more, now that I’ve participated, and this season was full of AMAZING talent. Kelly has a knack for designing for boys, and this pullover was one she created for her final challenge on PRP. I knew I was going to love it. It has everything I look for in a design for my boys. Comfortable, versatile, simple to sew, well drafted, and as a bonus, it has a huge size range! 2T-16!

I made both views. One with a hood, from a cozy fleece fabric, and one from a squishy, soft French terry, with a collar. I think this helps show how versatile this pattern is. With the right fabric, it’s easily dressed up enough to wear to nicer casual settings, and the hooded version can be an everyday pullover!

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When I saw the neckline seam was covered in binding in the photos, I was a little nervous, because I don’t always like “extra steps” like that, because I like to sew speedily.  But this is store bought bias tape attached to the lining of the hood or collar, and stitched down. So simple!

The zipper is also not something to be intimidated by. I’ve done several zippers, but I’d still not say I’m comfortable winging them without directions. But this one is very straightforward to install. I know there’s a video included in the tutorial to help with this and other steps.

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The hood is constructed out of three parts, which gives a great shape, and it’s perfectly fitted, not oversized. The hood and the top front panels of the jacket can be made out of woven fabrics, which adds even more options.

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This pattern is great for boys and girls, and my older daughter requested one from the grey fabric too. I reminded her that I’d already sewn her a top from the same fabric, but she said she didn’t like that one, and wants a version of this pattern 🙂

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It does sew together really quickly, and I promise I don’t say that about everything. 🙂 You can get the pattern for $7 on sale through Oct 23. After that it goes to it’s full price of $9.

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Navigator pullover

Fabric sources:

Football fleece: Joann

Grey French terry: LDG Textiles

 

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