September 19, 2019

Tobin Sweater Inspiration

Cozy up all season long with the Tobin Sweater! This time of year (or any time of the year, if you work in an air-conditioned office), layering pieces are a must. With three curve-friendly silhouettes, the Tobin is sure to keep you comfortable AND stylish whatever the weather in your area.

Getting excited to sew your first Tobin, but not sure what look to go for? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas from ready-to-wear fashion to get your creative juices flowing. Hold on tight because this post is overflowing with inspiration!


View A of the Tobin Sweater features a cute split neck with oversized buttons. Don’t you love how it gives these sweaters just a bit of glam?


View B has a cozy cowl neck and looks lovely in any shade. These ones just scream fall, don’t they?


But also, how stunning are these cream-colored sweaters? Yes, please.


Think sweatshirts can’t be high fashion? Think again. These three examples will surely make you look at View C in a new light.


Let’s talk color blocking! If you’re intimidated by mixing and matching fabrics, it’s literally impossible to go wrong with a solid fabric and a black-and-white striped fabric. Just make sure to pick fabrics with similar weight and feel. (We’ll have more fabric inspiration coming your way soon.)


Want to go a little bolder? Pair a floral with a solid for a unique look. (Or if you’re feeling really bold, pair floral with stripes!)


It’s also hard to go wrong with solid pairings. Blacks, whites, and grays are always a safe bet, but why not brighten up those cloudy days with some color?


And the color-blocking possibilities don’t end there. Throw in an animal print or a plaid and you’ve got a sweater like none other. Or use a stretch lace for a sophisticated holiday look!


Sweater fabrics come in a variety of cool textures. We adore that fuzzy sweater especially.


If you’ve been sewing for a while, you likely can’t look at a new pattern without immediately thinking up ways to hack it. The Tobin is ripe with possibilities for hacking: lengthen the front and back for an extra-long sweater or sweater dress, crop the sleeves for a short-sleeved sweater, or use sheer fabric up top for a unique look.

We can’t wait to see your Tobins! Be sure to use the hashtag #TobinSweater on social media so we can all admire your cozy new sweaters.

3 thoughts on “Tobin Sweater Inspiration

  1. Barbara says:

    Hi Jenny. I’m in lockdown in the UK. I want to make a short sleeved tee shirt which isn’t super tight or clingy but I don’t have a pattern and I’m in a rush to get it made. I was wondering if the Tobin Sweater pattern could be used?

    I have some medium weight stretch jersey. My measurements are:

    High bust 39”
    Full bust 43.5”
    Waist 38”
    Hip 45.5”

    1. Ayelet says:

      Hi Barbara, if you’re looking for more of a t-shirt, we recommend trying the Concord T-Shirt:

      Based on your measurements, I would recommend trying a 14 G/H and grading up to an 18 at the waist. Here is a tutorial for grading between sizes on the Concord:

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

  2. Heidi says:

    The Tobin is a good pattern. I made a boiled wool jacket with front zip and small standing colar and pockets. Also made several T- shirts. I found that an easy adjustment to T-shirt was just going down one siize. I am about to make a long sleewed T-shirt with the split colar for winter. Measure your bicep and compare to the pattern before you cut. I had to make a full bicep adjustment on all my makes.

Let me know what you think!