Fae is here, and we could NOT be happier that it’s finally sweater weather!!! The Fae patterns feature three lengths, two neckline options, and FOUR fun sleeves to choose from (cuffed 3/4, cuffed long, latern, and a color blocked lantern, which was a huge hit with our tester – including our picky tweens!!).
The fun sleeve options and the different length choices ensure that there’s a perfect Fae for everyone! Scoop up the patterns (available in Women’s, Youth, and Baby!!!), and check out a few fun hacks below:
Color Blocked Body Hack
I fell in love with these color blocked cardigans and dusters I found on Pinterest, so HAD to recreate one with the new Fae pattern!
1- First you need to decide how you want to color block your cardigan or duster. Do you want 5 colors, or just 2 or 3? It’s a good idea to search for some inspiration before cutting, tto figure out exactly what you would like.
2- Once you decide, you’ll need your front and back pattern pieces. You will simply slice your front pattern piece where you want to color block.
3- Then you’ll need to add a seam allowance (shown in bold grey below) to the pieces. I like to just add a 1/4″ seam here, but add whatever seam allowance you prefer.
4- Once you’re finished with your new front pieces, you’ll repeat that process on the back piece. I like to use my front pieces as a guide to do so.
Pictured to the right is how my pieces looked. TIP: I labeled the color blocked pieces so I wouldn’t get them mixed up: F1, F2, F3, B1, B2, B3, etc.
5- Next you’ll stitch all of your front pieces together, then your back pieces, and continue construction per the tutorial!
I will note when you’re deciding where to color block, try to keep in mind what sleeve you’re using, and if you want to color block the sleeves as well, so that they match your finished sleeve length. Just measure your sleeve to check that. I also did the hemmed hack (see below) on this one for a clean bottom.
Long Cuff + Lantern Sleeve Hack
Want to swap the bottom bands out and hem instead? It’s such a quick and easy hack!
Before you cut your fabric, you will need to decide how you want to modify your Fae:
- Add length to your bodice
- Remove length from your neckband/shawl
Either way will work just fine; you will just want to decide before you proceed!
I opted to remove length from my shawl; I simply removed folded the bottom band in half, measured, and removed that amount from the shawl. After cutting my new shawl piece, I attached to the bodice, and hemmed 1/2″ all the way around.
Alternatively, you could hem the bodice BEFORE attaching your neckband/shawl; just remember to finish the raw edges of your neckband/shawl if you decide to hem this way. You can finish the raw edges as directed in the regular tutorial!
Want to go with option 2? You can easily add length to the bodice! Fold the bottom band in half, measure, and add that much length to your pattern piece prior to cutting! Remember to do this for both front AND back bodice pieces. Then, hem as instructed above.
Short Sleeve Hack
My daughter is OBSESSED with this cute and easy short sleeve hack! It’s going to be a perfect layering piece for her since our fall and winter will be much more mild than other parts of the world!
This hack is so, so easy! All you need to do is omit all sleeve pieces and cuffs, and simply hem after constructing your main bodice pieces! You will sew your shoulder and side seams per the pattern tutorial, and then hem the sleeve opening. If you prefer, you could also hem prior to sewing up the side seams.
Want to try other looks? You could create a banded or cuffed look, just by attaching a band to the sleeve opening! You can play around with sizing – I would start with the exact sleeve opening for width, and 2″ for length 🙂
We hope you love, love, love your new cozy Fae sweaters! I know we can’t control the weather, but hopefully these new patterns will bring a little warmth and sunshine your way. Don’t forget to share your makes over in our Facebook group; we always love to see what you’re sewing up! Happy sewing!