Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Gingham Emerald Boy Sweater and Basic Pattern Alteration Tip


Gingham Emerald Boy Sweater and Basic Pattern Alteration Tip

It has been an extremely cold winter here. It's totally making me want to become a hermit, because I avoid going outside at all costs. Anyway, I made a toasty warm sweater for Henry, so he could stay warm. I was inspired by this sweater, but I went a little bolder with my colors. From the front it looks like a simple, emerald green sweater. . . (I'm jumping on the color trend early this year, instead of missing it like last year!)
but there's a party going on in the back! There's a gingham yoke across the back and each sleeve has a gingham piece on it's underside. (I apologize for these pictures. Henry was NOT cooperating at all, and I even let him play with a snow shovel! And he spit dinner all over it, so I couldn't get pictures without him wearing it.) The ribbing is a slightly lighter green which I didn't like, but I think it looks okay. At least it looks like I meant it, right? Also, one shoulder has a placket and snaps for getting on and off. I'm so glad my green snaps were such a close match!
It's very simple to alter by cutting one piece into multiple pieces!
1. Draw a line where you want the new seam to be. (Sorry, mine are a little faint.)
2. Every seam deserves a notch, so NOTCH.
3. Cut one the line. Add seam allowance or cut seam allowance when you cut out the fabric.
Have you ever tried pattern alterations?


  1. I absolutely love the little bit of gingham peaking out. I'm loving the emerald trend. It's such a great color for little boys.

  2. That came out so cute! And completely perfect. Also, I love that it could be either a boy or girl thing.
    And thanks for the tips on adding some change to a basic pattern.

  3. I love the combination of the green with the blue gingham, and the snap opening. My youngest is like that for photos too now. I wear a lot of green myself so I'm loving this emerald trend.

  4. That is very cute:)



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