HIVE PULLOVER + WEAVER SKIRT
If 2-Piece Magic were in the dictionary, the Hive Pullover and Weaver Skirt would be a perfect visual definition. When I saw Allie post this set on her Instagram feed, I immediately started dreaming of what I would do with it. I commented on her post to say how much I loved the patterns. Then she reached out to invite me for a collaboration. This post is Sponsored by Allie Olson Patterns. All opinions are my own. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and get comfortable because this post is jam packed with photos since there are two pieces to cover. And you know I’m bringing all the details, so enjoy. 💕
Allie Olson Patterns describes the Hive Pullover as follows: “The Hive Pullover is a boxy, knit sweatshirt with two views. View A offers an angled front yoke with a center front zipper, while View B offers a simple mock neck collar. Both views are easy fitting with dropped shoulders, forward shoulder seams, cuffed sleeves, and a semi-cropped length with waistband.”
The pattern is available in PDF only from Sizes 00 – 32 (Finished Bust Measurement Range is 31″ – 57.5″). Allie Olson rates the pattern as ADVENTUROUS BEGINNER with some experience sewing knits. I agree with that assessment because of the collar construction.
Whenever I order PDF patterns, I send them off to be printed by PDF Plotting. I don’t like cutting and taping patterns together, so I’m willing to pay for the convenience of having someone do it for me. PDF Plotting produces high quality prints on thick paper. The patterns come in rolls like you see in the photos above and below. But let me tell you the mistake I made on this order. To my great surprise, I opened my printed patterns and found that I had two Hive Pullover patterns, instead of a Hive & Weaver (insert gasp). I immediately thought PDF Plotting made a mistake, so I ran to the website, only to find that I actually put the same file in twice. Nooooo!!! So guess what I had to do? I had the Weaver Skirt printed at my local copy shop, then cut and taped it together because I didn’t want to wait for another copy to be shipped to me from PDF Plotting. My printer is broken so I couldn’t print at home. I was able to order and pick up the pattern on the same day at my local Staples.
I was drawn to the pattern because of how it looked on the model. But I didn’t take into consideration that it’s a high neck, which I don’t usually wear (except fitted turtlenecks). I also made a bad choice and double-interfaced the collar, which made it stiffer than I wanted. Don’t do that if you use this same fabric. It’s not necessary. This is ALL my fault for double interfacing, not the pattern design. Now that it’s all done and I’ve had a chance to try it on, I really like it. Let’s take a look at some closeup photos of the Hive Pullover.
Allie Olson Hive Pullover
As an ADVANCED level sewist, I found the written pattern instructions straight forward, along with the illustrations. I do believe that the ADVANCED BEGINNER will benefit from reading the written Sew Along on the Allie Olson Blog. She also has a YouTube video tutorial to walk you through the collar construction. You will find that tutorial in her blog post. I will not be creating a Sew Along for this pattern.
Allie Olson Weaver Skirt
Allie Olson Patterns describes the Weaver Skirt as follows: “The Weaver Skirt is a lined, fitted knit skirt with a hidden elastic waistband. View A is midi length, falling just above the ankle, and features double side slits to the low hip. View A offers a full lining or a hidden partial lining that smooths over the hips and falls just above the side slits. View B is a fully lined mini length skirt with a simple hem.”
Although the Weaver Skirt is a lined pattern, I decided to omit the lining because I didn’t need it with the fabric I chose. While I didn’t use the instructions to sew the skirt, I did read through for the purpose of this blog post. They are straight forward and simple to follow, if you need assistance. There is a written Sew Along on the Allie Olson Blog demonstrating how to construct the hem and side seams, with real life photo images of the process.
Allie Olson rates the pattern as ADVENTUROUS BEGINNER with some experience sewing knits. Once again, I agree with Allie’s skill recommendation.
Inside the Garment
I used my Baby Lock Zeal Sewing Machine and Baby Lock Vibrant Serger to sew this set. Both are beginner level machines and handled the project very well, even the thick layers on the collar. Let’s take a closeup look at the inside details of both garments.
I always stabilize the shoulders on the bodice back when sewing with knit fabrics to prevent stretching in that area. I used HEM TAPE to stabilize my shoulders. You can also use Woven Interfacing. It doesn’t have to be stretch interfacing for this purpose since you’re stabilizing. Clear Elastic is also an option but adds a little bulk to the seam allowance.
Allie Olson suggests using Midweight to Heavyweight knit fabrics with at least 20% stretch on the cross grain for the Hive Pullover, such as: French Terry, Sweatshirt Fleece, and Sweater Knits. She recommends 4-way stretch knit fabrics with at least 40% stretch on the cross grain for the Weaver Skirt. View A suggestions: Bamboo, Rayon, and Modal Blend Knits. View B suggestions: stable knits, like Ponte.
I used this stunning CABLE SWEATER KNIT from my local JoAnn Fabrics that I’ve been eyeballing for quite some time. It’s a beautiful medium weight sweater knit with incredible drape, making it an excellent choice for the Hive Pullover and Weaver Skirt. Also, if you choose to omit the lining, the back side of this fabric is the same color. The fabric is available in several colors on the website as of the date of this post.
The Hive Pullover calls for an 11″ NYLON COIL ZIPPER for View A. The Weaver Skirt requires 1.5″ wide WAISTBAND ELASTIC. Since I omitted the lining for my skirt, I sewed the elastic short ends together (demonstrated below), and sewed it to the raw edge of skirt at waist using a narrow zig zag stitch. Then I folded the elastic to the inside of the skirt and sewed it down along the edge of elastic. I added a ZIPPER PULL RING to my sweatshirt to give it a personalized touch.
I cut a Size 0 on the Hive Pullover and didn’t make any alterations. I would add about 1″ – 2″ in length if I made it again and give myself more room in the sleeves. I love the fit on the first one but I would like it even more with just a bit more length. I will most likely sew this again with single interfacing on the collar and the changes mentioned here.
In my notes, I wrote to cut a Size 00 at the waist and Size 2 at the hip for the Weaver Skirt. However, I cut a Size two for the entire skirt and ended up taking it in a LOT. The print scale was off by about 1/4″when I measured the square on the first page after picking up the pages from my local copy shop. Therefore, I knew it wouldn’t be exactly as noted in the finished garment measurements, but I wasn’t sure how much of a difference it would produce. Remember, I don’t usually print these patterns, but I do know that the square measurement needs to be exact.
I had fun styling this set with different shoes and purses. I wore a pair of stud earrings since the collar is so high. That way I would have no interference with the collar and long earrings. So let’s start with the black high heel sandals and matching handbag. I like this shoe option for a dressed up look.
Next, I styled it with my tan clogs and matching crossbody bag. I like this shoe option for a more casual look. And they’re very comfortable.
For the cooler months I plan to wear the set with these thigh-high boots and a pair of tights for extra warmth. The black crossbody bag looks really nice with the boots.
Finally, wearing these pieces as separates is where the real fun comes in. There are endless options in styling for both the pullover and skirt. Here, I’ve styled the Hive Pullover with a pair of black skinny jeans, knee-high boots and the black crossbody bag. I also have black, flat booties that I can wear with this look. I see the skirt with a basic turtle neck top or a long sleeve t-shirt. Yes, I’m gonna have lots of fun with these pieces.
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Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
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- Hive Pullover
- Weaver Skirt
- Fabric Option
- Sewing Project Checklist
- Learn to SEW Course
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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