Introducing Our Two New PDF Patterns -The Cosmos Sweatshirt & The FREE Elemental Pencil Skirt!


Hello Everyone!

     It's been a minute since I last posted here but I'm back to announce the release of two new knitwear patterns - the Cosmos Sweatshirt and the Elemental Pencil Skirt. The best news is that the skirt is a FREE pattern for Sew House Seven newsletter subscribers. These two were originally part of a larger knitwear collection that was supposed to release last winter however, it proved to be too much for me to get them all completed. The other patterns will be finished in the fall if all goes well. The patterns are only offered as PDF downloads now but the plan is to print the Cosmos Sweatshirt in the fall. 

     I've never released two patterns at the same time so this blog post will be a long one. I've included photos and information for both patterns. 

     The first pattern is the Cosmos Sweatshirt. It is an oversized raglan sweatshirt with a wide waistband. There are two different neck versions and two different sleeve options. Version #1 is a funnel neck with the raglan seams continuing into the neck. The neck is self faced so you can fold it down more or less to get the neck at your prefered height. Version #2 is a more traditional rounded neckline with a neckband.  Sleeve A is a slightly belled sleeve and Sleeve B is a long cuffed sleeve. You can mix and match the options to make four different variations. This sweatshirt has been designed for sweatshirt and French terry knits that have at least 20% horizontal stretch to accommodate the neck openings. The pattern comes in standard sizes 00 - 20 and Curvy sizes 16 - 34 and you get both size ranges with your purchase.

     The different variations and size ranges in dressy and casual outfits are shown in the photos below.

Version #1 with Sleeve B in a thick fairly stable cotton rib fabric. I wish I could tell you where to get some of this fabric but it's gone now. I purchased it at Mill End Fabrics in Portland and it is lovely. It's the kind of ribbing you would use for jacket cuffs but I thought it made a lovely sweater. Here the neck facing has been turned down a bit more for a mock neck look. Cass is wearing a size 4 in all of her photos and she is 5'4" tall.

Version #1 with Sleeve B in the same thick cotton rib fabric as above but using two different colors.

Version #2 with Sleeve B in copper organic cotton French terry from

Ashley is wearing size 20 tops and size 22 bottoms in all of her photos and she is 5'9" tall. This copper sweatshirt was shortened 1" because Ashley wanted a more cropped looking sweatshirt. None of the other garments have been adjusted. 

Version #2 with Sleeve B in organic cotton French terry from

Version #2 with Sleeve A in a striped organic cotton slub knit from

Version #2 with Sleeve A in an organic cotton slub knit from Also featuring the Elemental Pencil Skirt in bamboo French terry from Nature's Fabrics. 

Version #1 with sleeve A in heretic bamboo French terry from Nature's Fabrics. Also featuring the Elemental Pencil Skirt.

 Version #1 with sleeve A in rose brown bamboo French terry from Nature's Fabrics

     And now for the Elemental Pencil Skirt pattern. This is such a quick and easy make but I really love this skirt. I've had one in my closet for a while and find it so versatile so I decided to put it out there in the wild. It's not a new design but I did do a different take on the waistband than the ones I've seen out there. This one has a hidden elastic waistband so the outside appears smooth. It is a slim knit pencil skirt that skims the body but wasn't meant to be tight. However, if you use fabrics with extreme stretch recovery like ponte or scuba, you may end up with a tighter fitting, body-con skirt. You can also size down for a more fitted skirt but the intended design was fit using bamboo French terry because it has the perfect amount of weight, drape and structure for this skirt. The French terry I used was 66% bamboo, 28% organic cotton and 6% spandex with 50% horizontal stretch and 60% vertical stretch. I wear mine with sneakers, layered under big loose tops, with tight fitting tops, with heels - you name it. There are two length options - a below the knee length and a midi-length. It doesn't take much fabric - even for the Curvy sizes and you can whip it up quickly. 


Midi length in charcoal bamboo French terry from Nature's Fabrics.

Below the knee length in grey heather bamboo French terry

Midi length in charcoal bamboo French terry from Nature's Fabrics.

Below the knee length in navy bamboo French terry. This color was a bit tighter and had a little different hand. It felt almost like there was more cotton or spandex in there and the skirt ended up fitting a bit tighter than the charcoal French terry and heretic French terry that the other two skirts in this size 22 were made up in but still lovely. 

If you would like the free Elemental Pencil Skirt pattern, just sign up for the newsletter and it will be sent to your inbox automatically. If you are already a subscriber, you should have received the email with the downloads in them. 

Take care everyone! I hope to be back in the next few days with follow-up information on these new styles.