Pattern Review

KBSD Sweater — a little spur of the moment pattern testing

Hey there peeps, it’s been a while hasn’t it!  I sure hope that all you Americans had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday, and that all Black Friday shopping is successfully underway.

Speaking of Black Friday … I did a little spur-of-the-moment pattern testing this week for a new pattern releasing today!

Creative Counselor: KBSD Bayside Bateau Sweater

This is the Bayside Bateau Sweater, just released by KBSD Patterns. It’s a quick, simple sew, but a fabulous wardrobe builder, particularly for an office wardrobe.  And there’s a little party going on in the back:

Creative Counselor: KBSD Bayside Bateau Sweater

I love me a good hip-length sweater, so I jumped on the chance to test this pattern.  This is actually the first KBSD pattern I’ve completed (even though I have a couple others printed and waiting for me to stitch them up).  It was an overall pleasant experience!  Stephanie is so responsive and considerate of her testers.  This pattern went through several versions and revisions before the final product, though most of the revisions didn’t affect the size M that I made.  No complaints here either — the fit was pretty much spot on for me!

Creative Counselor: KBSD Bayside Bateau Sweater

This sweater is actually reversible.  it’s drafted with the scoop in the back, but you can easily switch that around to have the scoop neckline in front.  Stephanie even redrafted the sleeve and armscyce to make it fully reversible.  It’s always nice to have options!

Speaking of options, the pattern includes another length (cropped) as well as another sleeve length (3/4).

Creative Counselor: KBSD Bayside Bateau Sweater

My fabric is a lovely soft cotton/rayon blend that I picked up from Girl Charlee ages ago.  It’s been hanging out in my stash waiting to be made into a t-shirt, and I finally pulled it out for this project.  It’s nice and soft and super comfy to wear.

It’s only going to get colder here before it gets warmer (boo!) so I’d like to add a couple more of these to my work wardrobe, preferably in a cozy sweater knit!

Creative Counselor: KBSD Bayside Bateau Sweater

Pattern: Bayside Bateau Sweater by KBSD Patterns.

Cost: $6.00 USD

Size: M.  

Fabric: Cotton rayon blend from Girl Charlee

Difficulty: Knits beginner.

Techniques required: Sewing with knits, attaching neckband and cuffs, setting in a sleeve.

Similar patterns:  Seamwork Astoria, Bluegingerdoll Bonny Sweater.

Modifications: None.  I always make a pattern as drafted when testing.  Lucky for me, I didn’t need any modifications! 

Fit:  Wonderful.  I’m very pleased with how well this pattern fits straight out of the envelope.  Absolutely no fit alterations needed!

Pattern Format: PDF.  The PDF is pretty manageable.  I think it’s about 21 pages total, which is pretty darn good for an adult pattern.


  • Great work wardrobe builder.
  • Easy construction.
  • Scoop neck is a fun element in the back.
  • Length is perfect — hip length or crop.


  • Fabric choice is important.  You need something with decent recovery so the neckline doesn’t stretch and slip off the shoulders.
  • Nothing else I can think of — I really love this style of top.

Overall Grade:  A.  This is a great pattern from this relatively new pattern designer.  I’ve been discovering all kinds of new designers lately, and it’s nice to have so many expanded options!


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