Hello! Did you see that Helen from Helen’s Closet released a new pattern this week? It’s called the Elliot Sweater and Tee and it’s a fun raglan sleeve top with three different lengths and neckline options. I was a tester for this pattern and I made the cropped version with the crewneck.
I’m going to keep this blog post short and sweet because sewing this version of Elliot is definitely short and sweet! I love raglan sleeves– they are comfortable to wear, I don’t have to adjust for my forward shoulders (mostly because I’m not really sure how to do that on a raglan) and they sew up sooooo quickly.
I used a cotton/spandex french terry that I had leftover from this Linden sweatshirt. (Hooray for using 3.5 year old fabric scraps!) When I made that Linden I used the wrong side of the fabric for the sleeves and I decided to do that again for this Elliot. I don’t think you can really see that detail in the photos but I love the slight contrast and interest it gives to a solid top.
Helen made a couple of changes to the pattern after testing. The main changes that affect this view were removing a bit of width from the back piece and shortening the neckband. I have the slightest bit of dropping in the back of the neck on this but it’s barely noticeable– or not noticeable at all if my hair is down! I heard my friend Meredith say, “You can’t see it from a moving horse,” on her instagram stories this morning which cracked me up. I think I need to apply that line of thinking to a lot of stuff that I would be tempted to seam rip and try to fix.
Anyway, the only real change I made to this pattern before sewing was to do a full biceps adjustment. This is very common for me and I’m really glad I did it. Even with the adjustment the sleeves are pretty slim on me. I was hoping I could layer this over a long sleeved tee in the Fall/Winter, but I may need more room in the sleeve for that to work. I will probably do a larger adjustment next time.
I really like this new sweater/sweatshirt and I am excited to eventually make the longer version with the larger turtleneck/cowl neck. I think it looks so cute, cozy, and comfortable. What do you think of Elliot?