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New Look 6816 – Sweater Knit Top

“Well, would ya look at that!”
“Mom, are you wearing a blanket?”

Those were the responses of my four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son when they saw this top! I got a pretty good laugh from that.

This top was too easy. It took about as long to put together as it did for my husband to take my kids to the doughnut shop. Hardly even a blip on the sewing radar. The sleeves are cut-on so the only seams are shoulder/top of sleeve, underarm/side seam and center back. Slap on a neckband, hem the sleeves and bottom and you’re done.

I cut a size 12 initially but should have done a 10. I decreased the width of the neckline by .5” on each side and left the depth unchanged. The neckline is still really wide. I increased the length of the sleeves by 1.5” and added 1” in length to the bodice front and back. After getting the pieces together it looked too big on me, so I took it in at the CB and side seams by .5”

I’m really not sure what I think about the top yet. It is a little different from my usual choices, as you can tell from the response of my kids. Rarely do I wear any type of sleeve other than the traditional set-in style. I think I made a good match of pattern and fabric, but I’m not sure I really like either the pattern or the fabric. So what are the odds I will like them together? Hmmmm…

I bought the fabric at a tent sale for a buck or two a yard. I was intrigued by the texture. I had no difficulties sewing with this sweater knit. The hardest thing was deciding what color thread to use!


  1. Renee - I really, really like that top....great match job and it shows how TINY you are....looks great!!


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