The Tabor Sweater is hands-down my favorite pattern at the moment. The grey waffle knit version I made at the end of 2018 has been the one thing I’ve reached for most frequently in my closet this season, and I hated when I had to put it in the wash. So instead of pouting all day while it was out of commission, I decided to make another!
This hacci knit sweater fabric was the obvious choice for my next Tabor. I had picked it out at the end of the summer, without a specific pattern in mind, simply because I loved the colors and knew it would be a great sweater. The stripes caught my eye again as I hunted through my fabric collection, and I figured that the bold 70’s-vibe stripes would look really great paired with the V-Neck of the Tabor.
As far as construction, I didn’t do anything different here than with my original… Which is to say I followed the instructions exactly! I did my best to pattern match along the side seams, and I laid the neckband piece out so that the V-Neck would have a stripe within the band. I love the way that the colors on this turned out.The stripes add a really cool focal feature to the already great design of the sweater. I used my twin needle to finish the hems on this version, and it did end up with a little bit of tunneling. I’m not sure if this is because I chose too wide of a twin needle, or if it has a little bit to do with the fabric I used. (PS – If you’re familiar with this issue, let me know how you’ve fixed it in the comments!)
I really like this version of the Tabor! However, it didn’t surpass my original, and it will just have to make do as my second favorite version. For one thing, the modal waffle knit I used previously could easily pass for pajamas. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never decided to skip the pajamas and go straight to bed in my grey Tabor! The Hacci knit I used here is great for keeping warm in chilly weather, but I have noticed that if I haven’t used hand lotion, the fabric tends to stick and pull a little bit at dry skin. So… Not something that I’d want to sleep in. The fabric is also a little more stable, with less drape. This makes it a really great sweater, but I realize that one of the things I love most about the grey version is that the drapey, heavy fabric pulls the V-Neck a little bit lower, and adds a little swing to the hemline. This one keeps its shape quite well!
In the end, I have sewn up a sweater that I really like, but I haven’t quite ended up with a rival to my original, secret pajamas Tabor. I’ve loved wearing it out and about, though, and I’m looking forward to a few more wears while the weather is still chilly!
Sweater: handmade by me
Pattern: Sew House 7 – Tabor V-Neck (View 4)
Fabric: So Sew English Fabrics – Purple/Green Wide Stripes Hacci Sweater Knit – this colorway is sold out, but they have an awesome neutral or teal colorway that have similar vibes!
Key Ingredients: Heat & Bond Soft Stretch (Lite) and twin needles
Though the fabric used in this post was generously provided to me by So Sew English Fabrics, all opinions expressed are my own, as always!
- XX Elizabeth