Often when I’m deciding to make a garment I follow the pattern hashtag on Instagram to see if a garment will suit my body, this is what I did with this pattern. When I saw someone made this pattern as a sweatshirt I was thrilled. In 2020/2021 I have been working from home a lot more so I’m always in need of interesting sweaters.
I love it when a simple pattern has lots of interesting details. Even better when it suits lots of people/bodies. The pattern is available in sizes 0-32 and has separate pattern pieces for larger bust sizes.
The Cielo pattern has a semi-cropped top with a cuffed short sleeve (View A), a dramatic gathered long sleeve (View B). Dress with sleek inseam pockets (View C), or without pockets (View D). All views have a slightly dropped shoulder, angled shoulder yoke and roomy fit, with a choice between bias binding or a faced neckline finish.
I decided to create a hybrid version of view A with the sleeves of view B minus the ruffled shoulders. Michelle Sews has an awesome tutorial on how to adjust the sleeves to remove the gathers.
For the two versions, I used a non-stretch wool ponte. Both garments are sewn on the overlocker apart from hemming, neckband, and darts which I found slightly too long. I used pre-made bias binding around the neckline.
After reviewing the size chart, and reading a few reviews, I decided to size down two sizes! The sizing chart recommended a size 14 but I made a size 10 with the C-cup pattern pieces. The sizing is perfect for me – I wouldn’t want it any bigger.
I didn’t line the sleeves as I was worried the weight of the fabric would weigh them down and they would lose their lantern shape. Instead, I overclocked the raw edge and topstitch the hem down on the inside of the cuff.
I cropped the top a further 3 inches which is perfect for my short torso and as a sweater. If I made it as a top I would probably size down to a size 8.
I love this pattern as a sweatshirt! The sleeves are the perfect length for doing the dishes without getting in the sink and make me feel somewhat glam when I’m comfy on the couch,
I made the Cielo top to go with my Huy pants to form a tracksuit. I love wearing them together and as separates. I full review of the Huy pants can be found here.
The pattern also looks cool layered and is perfect over tops with voluminous sleeves.
I found this pattern incredibly annoying to print! It didn’t seem to have clear instructions to print certain pages, so I wasted a lot of paper. I don’t have any tips – just something to watch out for.
All in all, I love the pattern but the ease is extremely generous so I would factor this in when deciding your sizing.