Sewing the Nova Sweatshirt from Sinclair Patterns

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It’s been a while since I tested for Sinclair Patterns. About a year to be exact. I love their designs and the quality of their drafting, but I kept missing the testing calls! Well, I finally caught one and let me tell you, it’s snuggly.

The Nova Sweatshirt released today! It’s a slightly oversized, raglan shirt with some really great options such as a cowl, a crossover hood with drawstrings, bottom band, or drawstring band.

I chose the cowl for this version that I made with soft waffle knit from Knitpop.

Sizing

Nova comes in US Sizes 0-22 with petite, regular, and tall versions included.

Whenever I make a Sinclair Pattern, I always check Oxana’s (the designer) notes to see how she recommends handling the sizing. I fall in between sizes, so I sized down as per her recommendation. Based on that, my bust measurement puts me into a size US 14. My waist would have been a US16, but with the extra ease at the waist of this pattern, I didn’t need to grade out for that. I did grade down to a US 12 for my hips.

One thing I always love about Sinclair is that each pattern comes with a petite, regular, and tall version. At 5’10” tall, I appreciate not having to make a lot of adjustments for height! And when I make gifts for my 5’2″ mom, I can just use the petite version and it works great!

The version I have here is the first version I made during testing. The pattern fit has been improved since this one! Oxana Sinclair really cares about the fit and quality of her patterns. (I just ran out of time to sew the newest version … that’s up next on my list!)

Fabric Choice

I chose waffle knit from Knitpop for this version. It was my first time working with waffle knit. I love how snuggly it feels, but in retrospect, it wasn’t the best choice for Nova. It’s a super drapey knit with very little recovery — so while I might make a future version with waffle knit, I would choose a different fabric for the cuffs and band. I might also shorten the body of the Nova if I were making it in waffle knit again because it stretches out so much! The cuffs are lovely and fitted … except in waffle knit where they stretch out and don’t recover!

Other testers used french terry, sweater knit, and double brushed poly. All of those worked really well! My next version will be sweater knit. 🙂 Goodness knows I need to use up my stash of that!

Thoughts on the Pattern

Sinclair Patterns’ tutorials always have a wealth of information in them. By reading through all the information at the beginning, you can learn which stitches are suggested and how much ease is built into the pattern at each point, which helps tremendously in deciding whether you need to grade sizes or not. Oxana includes instructions for grading sizes as well in case you, like me, fall into different sizes. The instructions are very thorough and detailed. With the detailed instructions and the raglan style of Nova, it makes a lovely, quick sewing project.

Initially, I had trouble following the instructions for the cowl, but after feedback, Oxana updated the instructions to make them easier to understand!

Grab the Nova Sweatshirt pattern while it’s still on sale through 9/18/19!

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