Friday, January 15, 2016

5 out of 4 Fleece Pullover Blog Tour

Posted by Heather at Friday, January 15, 2016
Back in November, I had the opportunity to test the new-to-me designer 5 out of 4 Women's Ascent Fleece Pullover. This pattern went through a couple of rounds of revisions but we finally got it just right...!



Now, I had the opportunity to review the kidlet version of the same pullover, the 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover. The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover is described as, "...a PDF sewing pattern for a relaxed fit kids’ 1/4 zip pullover with a relaxed shoulder. Optional invisible zipper pockets on side seam or front contrast. This pullover can be made color blocked or in a solid color."



First, let's talk pattern basics;
-The  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover is sized for size 2-18. (honestly, I could probably fit into the 18!) That's a really great big, wide size range (lots of bang for your PDF sewing pattern buck ;-).
- The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover PDF sewing pattern includes a fabric requirement chart, a sizing chart, finished measurements chart and a helpful stretch guide.
- The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover features layered, trimless pattern pieces (God bless layered, trimless pattern pieces!!).
- The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover PDF sewing pattern also includes a printing guide (to tell you which pattern pieces/pages to print for your specific option). I love when patterns include this type of guide because it really saves paper- only print the pieces/pages that you need! Love that!!
- The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover includes two options- solid or color blocked. Color blocked is great if you have limited fleece in one color, etc.
-The  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover features shaded diagrams for each step. There is a smattering of detail photographs included in the tutorial.
-The  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover also includes optional pocket pattern pieces.
-The  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover does require the advance knowledge of how to install a zipper (or more- depending on if you choose to do the zipper-closed pockets).



For Lil' Miss, I sewed up a size six, solid  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover. I did not include pockets (much to Katy's dismay- she loves anything with pockets!!).  I used anti-pill fleece leftover from my fabric stash (purchased locally from Hancock Fabrics).

The instructions are fairly easy to follow. Right sides together, bodice, sleeves, hem. I did find the directions for the collar to be a big clunky and confusing (I found them to be confusing when I tested the women's pattern, though, too). So, I would definitely deem the  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover an intermediate level pattern. Basic sewing knowledge will definitely come in handy when sewing up this pullover!

The fit of the 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover is pretty accurate. I found it to be roomy but not voluminous (aka, big enough to slip on over a top, but not so huge that Lil' Miss is swimming in it). I did make the sleeves 1" shorter (cut on the pattern provided shorten/lengthen line). This shorter sleeve length was perfect for my daughter's wingspan. The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover hit right below the seat and the side seams hit directly where they should hit- on the sides.

I did embellish my 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover by doing a simple My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle cutie mark in the front, lower right hem.



In conclusion, the 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover is a great fall/winter staple for colder temperatures. Lil' Miss wears LOTS of pullovers in the transition months, so I love having a great wardrobe staple to include in my sewing repertoire!

Now, go ahead and show the other participants in the 5 out of 4 Fleece Pullover Blog Tour some blog lovin' by checking out their 5 out of 4 Fleece Pullover Blog Tour posts!

5 out of 4 Blog tour schedule: 
1/10/16: Larissa from Connected by a Thread 
1/11/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins 
1/12/16: Ula from Lulu and Celeste 
1/13/16: Tibeca from Sewing by Ti 
1/14/16: Melissa from Rebel and Malice 
1/15/16: Heather from All things Katy and Patricia from Sew Far North 
1/16/16: Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug 

You can purchase your own copy of any of the 5 out of 4 patterns here for 30% using the code "fleeceforall" now through Jan 17th as they celebrate their 1 year anniversary!
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Now, my pony-loving girl just had to have a matching Twilight Sparkle hooded scarf to go with her MLP-inspired 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover...! We had lots of fun trying on the 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover with her Twilight Sparkle inspired hooded scarf (sewn using the Heidi and Finn All in One Hooded Scarf PDF sewing pattern). I loosely adapted the  Sugar Tart Crafts My Little Pony Tutorial found here to do the mane and unicorn horn.

Sew much fun!









***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for 5 out of 4 Kids. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

4 comments:

Patricia Garnham on January 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM said...

Nice! It looks great on her

A on January 15, 2016 at 11:35 AM said...

That turned out great. I love the MLP inspired hood and embellishment.

JaNette Herndon on January 15, 2016 at 11:57 AM said...

This is so awesome! Love it!

Melissa Rebel and Malice on January 16, 2016 at 1:36 PM said...

Oh this is so cute! My daughter would adore this version you made!

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