When sewing Colleen , you can use up your leftover fabrics, ideally mixed wildly and colorfully. If you only want to work with one fabric, we recommend a striped jersey or fine knit. The panels can then be cut across the stripe and thus create a special contrast to the rest of the pullover . The special detail is clearly the wide panels on the neckline.

Center back length = 52-56cm

Colleen was sewn from a viscose jersey in this pattern.

Required material:

We recommend jersey or a soft knit fabric , preferably with stripes.

Sizes 34-42 outer fabric 1.20 m 140cm wide
Sizes 44-50 outer fabric 1.30 m 140cm wide
Sizes 34-42 Contrast bezels 0.40 m 140cm wide
Sizes 44-50 Contrast bezels 0.50 m 140cm wide


Cut out the pattern pieces from your outer fabric. Lay the fabric right side up. Lay the selvedges parallel to the center so that you can lay the front and back pieces and facings in the fold at the back and front. The pattern pieces should all be face up. Always align the grain arrow on all pieces in the same direction and parallel to the selvage of the fabric. Transfer all the notches from the pattern through a 3mm long incision with scissors or chalk and mark the ends of the darts. Pinch the seam allowance in the fold of the fabric because this is always a center. Markings define positions of dart ends, pocket positions, and much more. Transfer these either with chalk or pins.

You need from fabric:

  • 1x back part in break
  • 1x front part in break
  • 2x sleeves in opposite directions

You need from contrast fabric:

  • 1x panel at the back in the break
  • 1x panel in front in the break
  • 2x facing sleeves in opposite directions

Sewing instructions:

To sew this sweater you need a sewing machine and an overlock sewing machine, alternatively you can use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to finish the raw edges.

Be sure to use a jersey needle and use a stretch stitch, i.e. if you are sewing with a home sewing machine you should use either a zigzag stitch or the tripartite elastic stitch and then all seam allowances again with a zigzag stitch or another appropriate stitch neaten so they don't fray.

In addition to the description, the colorful lines in the pictures show you where a seam needs to be sewn or something to be glued.
When sewing, pay attention to the seam allowance included in the pattern. Seam allowances that are not specially marked are 1 cm wide!
Happy sewing!

As you may have noticed in the previous sewing instructions, we always like to prepare some parts before we start sewing. Part of the preparation for this sweater is that the hems of the front and back must be neatened and ironed, pay attention to the notches in the cut.

Prepare the sleeves in the same way by neatening and ironing the hems, paying attention to the notches in the cut.

Now we come to the neckline, which consists of a different color in our sewing example. All panel parts are ironed and prepared, left sides facing, in the fold. Then the sleeve facing is sewn together with the front facing, which is marked by a V-notch, right sides together. Iron the seam allowances apart.

In addition, the front panel is sewn together, right sides together, with the sleeve panel. The sleeve facing is also sewn together with the facing at the back, right sides together. Again, iron the seam allowances apart.

The neckline is closed in the round by sewing the band together with the sleeve band at the back, right sides together. The seam allowances are then ironed apart.

This is what your finished neckline panel looks like, left sides facing, ironed in the fold.

It continues with the sewing of the bust darts. A simple, straight dart is closed and sewn on the wrong side of the fabric, snap by snap, tapering from the widest point to the tip (so that the dart does not bag) on ​​the wrong side of the fabric, following the exact transfer of the pattern and carefully observing the marking. Draw a line with the tailor's chalk beforehand so that you don't sew too much or too little and finish the side seam nicely straight.
So that you don't have to bartack at the top, you can sew the last centimeter with a very small stitch.

You iron the dart content upwards.

Now take the sleeves and close the inner arm seam, right sides together. The seam allowances are neatened together and ironed to the back.

Sew the side seams together, right sides together. Neat the seam allowances together and press them to the back.

Now the prepared hem of the front and back can be folded over and stitched through.

You also fold over the prepared sleeve hems and stitch them through.

The neckline is fixed with an auxiliary seam within the seam allowances (preferably 0.5 cm wide). This prevents you from stretching when sewing in the panel.

Sew the sleeves, right sides together, on the front and back. The seam allowances are neatened together.

The prepared neckline is sewn, right sides together, to the front, back and armholes. Watch out for seams that meet. FYI: The front panel is shorter than the rear panel. The seam allowances are neatened together and ironed down.

The seam allowances are then flat-stitched. This method not only makes the final ironing easier, but also ensures that the seam allowances of the panel do not lie up, they are fixed, so to speak. Only the torso parts are stitched close to the seam allowances.

This is what your finished neckline should look like with the panel at the end.

Your COLLEEN is ready !

If you don't know what to do, or if you have any questions, please send us an email to info@schnittmuster-berlin.de. We will answer you as soon as possible. 

Have a lot of fun with your new designer piece! 

Sincerely, your Dagmar and Ellen.

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