Before we get started on the construction of our Jarrah sweaters, I wanted to go over a quick pattern adjustment option. Jarrah is a bit of a shorter, almost cropped length. And while I think you all will LOVE the length, I know some will want theirs to be a little longer. And thats cool, too!
Meg has included a lengthen/shorten line on the front and back pieces for all views. So if you’ve ever lengthened or shortened a pattern before, you know this is a pretty straight forward adjustment. But in case you haven’t, I’ll show you real quick!
Let’s start with the front pattern. I’ll be using the pieces for A, B, D, but it works the same way for view C.
Cut straight across the line that says “lengthen or shorten here”.
On a separate piece of paper, draw a straight horizontal line.
Place the top half of your front pattern on top of the paper so that the bottom edge lines up with that line. Tape in place.
Using a straight ruler, measure down how much you want to add to your sweater, and draw a parallel line.
I added 1 1/2″ for reference, but it totally depends on you and how long you want your sweater to be.
Also using your straight ruler, continue the center front line down a bit.
Now place the bottom half of the front pattern on the paper, too. So that the top edge matches up with that parallel line, and the centre front lines up as well. Tape in place.
Connect the side seam together.
Cut out along your new lines, and you have your new front pattern piece!
The orange area above is what has been added.
Repeat for the back pattern piece. Make sure you add the same exact amount.
Check to make sure the side seams still line up when you’re all done.
// LOOKING FOR MORE JARRAH POSTS? //
Here’s the full list of Jarrah posts and tutorials:
- Pattern Tester Round-up
- Inspiration + Ideas
- How to Lengthen the Pattern (this post!)
- Neckband and Funnel Neckline
- Sleeves with Cuffs (A&C)
- Split Sleeve and Curved Hem (B&D)
- Hem Band (A)
- Tie Hem (C)
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