Kim Takes the Marlo Sweater to New Lengths
Instagram Handle: @diddlysquash_
Pattern Name and Designer: Marlo Sweater from True Bias
Size Made: 26
Materials used: Rayon Cotton Modal Sweater Knit in Rose brown, Recycled Poly 25mm buttons in Dusty Deep Pink, clear elastic, quilting cotton scraps, knit interfacing
Modifications: Lengthened body by 4”, sleeves by 3”, followed True Bias hack for split hem
It’s getting to the point in my sewing journey where the vast majority of my wardrobe is something I’ve made. I love getting ready for my day and pulling garments I love and that fit me well, and knowing that I did that for myself. But one of my biggest areas I am lacking in me mades was in loungewear. So much of my sewing has been for work or special occasions, less so for being cozy around the house or being comfy while traveling or running errands. I‘m starting to change that with my new Marlo cardigan!
The Marlo is one of those patterns that I see all over the place, and I can see why. It’s a simple, classic garment, and suitable for all kinds of fabrics. But what really sold me on making one was a hack posted to the True Bias blog for making an oversized, split hem Marlo. It just looked so cozy! Plus, it was a good excuse to use the new Rayon Cotton modal sweater knit. It’s a slinkier, drapey knit that has a good weight to it, and it comes in my favorite color. But with the drape, I did decide to omit the patch pockets, because I felt they weighed it down too much. The split hem hack on the True Bias blog is really very well written, and the photos were very helpful. I had no trouble following along to make my own edits. And how cute is the peekaboo strawberry fabric I used for the facings?! Along with the side split hem, I lengthened the body and sleeves of this sweater pretty significantly, for maximum coziness. I wanted something I could throw on over leggings for warmth and I like this length a lot for that. One day I’ll probably make a Marlo as written, because I do think it makes a very cute and versatile garment! But for now, I’m very happy with my oversized, casual cardigan!
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