Sunday, November 1, 2020

Stripey Seamwork Devon

Sweatah weathah!

This sweatah is the Devon, one of the newest patterns from Seamwork. 

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Devon is a midi-length sweater dress with dropped shoulders, slim sleeves, and a loose turtleneck. It's designed for medium-weight knits with at least 25% stretch. 

My fabric is a textured double knit (you might remember it from this Concord T-shirt I made a couple years back). Not very stretchy, but a nice drape. The white stripes are three dimensional and impossible to match since they slide and interlock with one another as you sew.

For my Devon I cut a size 16 from Seamwork's new curvy range, which now overlaps with the misses range, and runs from 12-26, drafted for a DD cup. I'm pretty jazzed about this change in their size chart... when their sizes split between 16 and 18 it was a real struggle to choose my size, which spanned the two ranges.

I cut my Devon at hip length to make a boxy top rather than a dress, figuring I would get more wear out of a top these days.

Because I didn't want to bother with stripe matching across the center back seam, I decided to cut the back on the fold. There was some shaping along that center back seam, which would be nice for the dress version, but I removed it for my boxy top.

The sleeves on the Devon pattern are quite slim, at least on my biceps! They're not dissimilar from the sleeves on the Seamwork Tacara. I like how they balance out the oversized proportions on the rest of the pattern, though.

My one issue with the pattern, which is purely a personal preference: the Devon's turtleneck has shaping that makes it wider at the top than at the base. I'll be honest, this is not my favorite shape for a turtleneck.

I don't like how it's floppy and sloppy and loose and drafty. I prefer my cozy necklines to commit: are you a true turtleneck that stays up on my neck and keeps me warm, or are you a cowl, that is artfully and purposefully floppy, but not actually purporting to keep my neck warm? The in-between is not my jam. But this is an easily remedied issue.

I am liking my stripey Devon, though, despite my issues with the floppy neck. I paired it here with my Arden pants for a day of teleworking. You can see the tell-tale wrinkles earned over the course of a long morning of sitting at my computer. Comfy and cute!


  1. I love this neckline on you. Although it is not up higher on the neck you might find that this is all you need at times.

  2. I'm liking this one, Meg, but I'm team #allstripeeverything so I'm biased LOL. I like turtlenecks and I like cowls that are balanced so I'd be as perturbed as you are. But you're right about it being a quick fix though - are you going to change it?