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Brunswick Pullovers

Hi friends! Long time no see! Our weather has gotten so cold so early and it’s been a challenge to get photos of the things that I’ve sewn. Back in November I was a tester for the newest pattern from Hey June, the Brunswick pullover. I’ve had the photos of my tester version for a while but I made a second one right away and only just got photos of it today.

Brunswick is an oversized, dolman sleeve pullover that is designed for sweatshirt fleece, ponte, or other heavier weight, more stable knits. There are two views, one with a hood and kangaroo pocket and one with a cowl and side button plackets.

There is an optional arm pocket and the hood or cowl is interchangeable between the views. It has a subtle high-low hem and the sleeves/hem are finished with wide bands.

For my tester version, I chose to make view A with the cowl and the side button plackets. I left off the arm pocket since I didn’t want it to be made from a contrast fabric and I didn’t have anything that coordinated very well with my sweatshirt fleece.

I used a leftover scrap of gingham shirting cut on the bias for my side plackets. I love that fun pop of color on the sides and I usually keep the bottom buttons unbuttoned to make sure it’s visible.

The fabric I used is a bamboo/cotton stretch sweatshirting (this fabric but the heather gray I used is currently sold out) from Imagine Gnats. It’s so soft and cozy and my ideal light, heather gray. The fabric doesn’t have much crosswise stretch at all, but is very stretchy vertically.

I thought I might have to shorten the body or sleeves when I was constructing the sweatshirt because of the vertical stretch. I didn’t end up doing this (I did shorten the sleeves 1/2″ but they were shortened during testing anyway) and I love the length as it is.

The fabric holds it’s shape well and hasn’t grown when I’ve worn it. And let me tell you, I’ve worn it a lot. I love this sweatshirt so much!

I measured between the M and L in my upper bust and I sized down as recommended in the instructions. I made an M graded to an XL, which is my usual Hey June size. There is a lot of ease in this pattern so I’m glad I sized down.

During testing a slightly cropped length was added to the pattern and I was really excited to try that length out when the final pattern was released. For my slightly cropped version I used a lightweight stretch french terry from Raspberry Creek fabrics.

The french terry is a lot stretchier crosswise than my sweatshirt fleece so I chose to go down one more size for this version. There are instructions in the pattern for how to modify the sleeves (shorten and narrow them a bit) if you’re using a fabric with a lot of stretch and I made those adjustments, too.

I also modified the neckline to be a crewneck. I used the neckline from the Halifax Hoodie, but I think I need to adjust it a bit next time. The crewneck on my Halifax Hoodie sits closer to my neck and this one is a bit wider.

The wider neckline was probably a cutting or modifying error so next time I’ll bring it in a bit. I like a little of my t-shirt to show at the neckline but I’ve got quite a bit showing with how this worked out. It certainly isn’t stopping me from wearing this one, though!

I added the kangaroo pocket to this sweatshirt. It’s such a fun detail even if I really don’t use it for anything.

Initially I cut the sweatshirt as it is in the pattern with the slightly longer hemline in the back, but I didn’t love it when I tried it on. I ended up unpicking the back band and leveling the hemline. I like it much better like that in this cropped length.

I’ve basically been living in these two Brunswicks since I made them. The longer one is great with jeans or with leggings. I often toss it on over my workout gear and wear it to the school drop off on the cold mornings we’ve been having.

The boxy, green one is my favorite thing layered over a long sleeved tee and worn with my jeans or Hudson pants. Adrianna, the designer behind Hey June patterns, always seems to have her finger on just what I want to wear exactly at the time that I want to wear it.

The Brunswick pullover is a new favorite of mine and I recommend it if you’re looking for a way to stay cozy this winter!

Thanks for reading!

~Teri

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