The minute the weather gets colder, I seem to live in sweaters. I like wearing them with skirts, over leggings, with a pair of jeans, for a fancier occasion. Basically, I wear them with anything and anywhere! So I decided that this season I am going to try the most popular sweater patterns from Indie pattern companies. Now I am going to present them here, comparing their strong and weaker points and sharing my thoughts.
It is going to be the “Battle of the Sweaters”
First up this week, I am going to review one of the most popular patterns out there, the Astoria Sweater by Seamwork Magazine. This pattern is available in two ways. You can either subscribe to the magazine and get 2 Seamwork credits each month, which then you use to buy patterns. One credit=1 Seamwork pattern. The other way is to simply buy the pattern itself, which costs 12 dollars. It is a PDF pattern only, so you will have to print the pages and stick them together and the sizing goes from XS to 3XL.
In regards to the style lines, there are two versions, one with 3/4 length sleeves and one with long sleeves. It is meant to be cropped and it has a waist-defining shape.
Seamwork recommends to use thick knits with 4 way stretch and at least 25% stretch, like a sweater knit, a French terry or double knit.
I feel almost embarrassed to say that I made my first Astoria only last month, while everyone else seemed to be making millions of them in 207, haha! The pattern was on my list for ages but for some reason I didn’t get around to making it. I might have been a little scared of how cropped it would be on me so that’s why I put it off. But, when I started sewing more high-waisted stuff and realized how much I loved this style on me, I decided to give it a go.
So far I’ve made two versions, a yellow and a black.
The fabrics I used
The yellow fabric I used was a jersey from Minerva Crafts (aff.link) and you will see it later this week again, because I used it to make a Lion sweater. After I cut my Lion, I realized that I had almost a meter left and I managed to squeeze out the Astoria. This is another reason why I love this pattern! It requires so little fabric, that you can make it from leftover scraps!
The black version was cotton spandex knit fabric that I got from Girl Charlee. I LOVE this fabric, it feels soooo good against my skin, it is warm and soft and easy to work with! I washed it a couple of times already and it still looks great, too.
The construction, the fit and alterations
The construction for the Astoria is very very easy. I think I can make one in less than an hour! Basically, you sew the shoulder seams, insert the sleeves, sew the side seams. Then you insert the waistband, insert the neckband, hem the sleeves and you are done!
I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern. I cut out a size M and at first I was afraid it would be too short on me, but I didn’t lengthen it and it looks great. Very wearable with my high-waisted clothes. I wouldn’t wear it with something else though. I know that many people have lengthened the pattern, so maybe that is someone to think of when you make it. I am fairly average in height (1,64m) so I didn’t need to.
The fit is also great. It’s not too tight, but not to loose either. I feel that it highlights all the right places and because it hits my natural waist, I think it makes me look slimmer, which is always a plus, isn’t it?
Overall, the Astoria is a sweater that I love making and wearing. I need to make dozens more in every color, because not only I get a lot of wear out of them, but also they require so little fabric that the cost to make them is very small. I give this pattern a 10/10!
I would love to see your versions and hear your thoughts on this pattern. If you want to see how other people made it, there is a hashtag on Instagram that you can follow, called #seamworkastoria