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Elliot Sweater and Tee Tester Roundup

It is my favorite day of pattern launch week! I get to share all my lovely tester’s hard work with you, and hopefully it gives you the chance to see somebody with a similar size or shape so you can see how it might look on you. I want to sincerely thank my testers for this round, because there were some issues with the fit of the back (we have since fixed them), and they were very patient and helped me get it right.

Along with the improved back, I decided to make the hem of the sweater deeper in the final version (1.25″ vs 0.5″) so you will see the narrow hem in these versions. I also shortened the t-shirt neckband provided because it was just a bit too long. The last decision was to add a t-shirt view that is not featured here, but it uses the same pattern pieces so you can get a sense for the fit.

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“The Elliot sweater is a cozy go-to sweater for transitional seasons or cold winters. The construction is simple and it sews up quickly. The various necklines give it variety and the optional length adds dimension. Such a staple cozy piece!”



Sew Anemone  |  @sewanemone
“I made the cropped view with short sleeves and a tall neck in bamboo/cotton/spandex french terry and am loving it! Snuggly neck for my morning walk but short sleeves mean I’m not too warm all day at work..”


Judith Dee’s World  |  @judithdeecreations
“The Elliot sweater will surely be one of my favorite pieces to layer this fall. I’m always cold at work and this high neck version will keep me warm. I especially love the stylish hem which I’ll enjoy wearing with high waisted jeans!”


Sew Mariefleur   |   @mariefleurine
“I like this wide but short shape, it’s great for wearing it with my higher-waisted jeans! It’s comfy, but the length and the shorter sleeves don’t make it feel too slouchy.”



“I had the privilege of testing Helen’s Closet’s newest pattern, The Elliot Sweater. This style is so me! I made both the short version with a short collar and elbow length sleeves and the longer version with the longer sleeve, high/low hemline and high collar. The pattern was very clear, as are all Helen’s patterns, and the fit was spot on. I am a pear-shaped, US size 12. I graded the pattern to fit my body from a medium through the neckline and sleeve seams on the body to an XL through the hips. I also cut the sleeves in a size large. Everything came together beautifully. I would not hesitate to recommend the Elliott Sweater and any beginning to advanced sewist.”


Anna Zoe Sewing  |  @annazoe
“Elliot sweater is such an easy and satisfying make. I love the three variations of it and how the pattern looks different when made up in different fabrics. To me it is a great basic sweater pattern to have in your pattern stash.”

“Elliot is a quick make with lots of style. I think it could be sewn in many different knit weights for lots of different looks. This is another versatile pattern from Helen’s Closet.”


Cookin’ and Craftin’  |  @megret79
“The Elliott Sweater is a great fall or winter layer that will keep you cozy and looking stylish. Elliott has lots of great options that can take it from a cool cropped tee to a snuggly split hem turtleneck tunic.”


“I was so excited to begin my fall sewing with the Elliot Sweater! I love the design, especially the high-low hem, the side slit and the neck options. It is very fast to make. I have already made two sweaters with this pattern and love how they turned out, I know I will be making many more!”


“This is such a versatile pattern! I love the different length and neckline options; the cozy, high turtleneck is perfect for colder months and the neckband option is perfect for layering. I’d like to try it in a slightly longer tunic length, as well. Best of all, it came together in a snap–I think I cut and sewed it in about 2 hours.”


“This was a quick and satisfying sew. It’s a great piece for cooler weather when paired with a comfy sweater knit. I really like the length in the back and I look forward to wearing it with leggings.”


Sew Sarah Smith   |   @sewsarahsmith
“A quick and easy sew which produces a garment you’ll reach for again and again! It’s warm but not too warm, making it a great transition piece!”

“Elliot is an easy-to-wear sweater that’s quick to sew and doesn’t take a lot of fabric. It has lots of personalization and hacking potential!”

“The Elliot is the perfect fall and winter staple top. I love how quick it comes together as well as how versatile it can be simply by changing up the fabric. I see many more of these in my closet!”


Crafting A Rainbow  |  @gilliancrafts
“This was a quick, easy and cosy sewing project! My measurements are 44/38/49, and I sewed a straight XXL – I chose not to grade down to an XL at the bust, and I like the boxy shape. I could see this being a great gift project, because the fit is so forgiving!”

Clothing Hacker  |  @mizzsmartypants
“The Elliot Sweater is a great looking, easy to make pattern that perfectly fills a void in my me-made wardrobe. Helen’s instructions are clear and easy to follow, as always. I highly recommend.”


The Pug And Needle  |  @heatherandthepugs
“This sweater is so cozy and comfy! I know it will be a staple for me this fall and winter. It’s also incredibly quick to sew up, so I know it will be a great stash buster as well!”


“The Elliot is a great base pattern with great versatility. You can make it in such a wide range of fabrics and the different views and neck options mean you could make an entire wardrobe of tops entirely using this pattern!”

The Sara Project  |  @thesaraproject_
“This is a great addition to any fall or winter wardrobe. This sweater is super easy and quick to make with endless possibilities for wearing options!”



Unlikely Nest   |  @unlikelynest
“The Elliot sweater is a quick and satisfying sew. It’s a well-drafted basic that you can sew up to your personal measurements with minimum fuss. With the chill of fall just around the corner, it’s a great pattern to have handy for a quick cozy sweater or to make a coordinating piece to extend the season of a summer garment.”


Fa Sew La |  @teridodds1
“The Elliot sweater is going to be a great addition to my Fall and Winter wardrobe. I love the cropped version for wearing with higher waisted pants and jeans. I can’t wait to make the longer view with the cowl neck to wear with my skinny jeans and leggings.”


Thanks for checking out my wonderful testers! Follow along with them on instagram for loads of sewing inspiration and encouragement. These ladies are the best! If you have questions about Elliot, please don’t hesitate to ask.


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About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

3 Comments on “Elliot Sweater and Tee Tester Roundup”

  1. Such beautiful sweaters. I’m particularly in love with Gillian’s – which is great because her measurements are so similar to my own!

    I can’t tell if there are two different sleeve widths or if the sleeves just flare more in the longer length? A lot of the elbow length sleeves seem very tight to the arm but the people who have made three-quarter sleeves seem to have a slightly looser, cosy sweater sleeve look. Is there negative ease or positive ease in the sleeve?

    1. Thank you! I agree they all did a great job! The sleeves are the same shape, in fact, the longer view is ever so slightly smaller in circumference than the shorter view (because it is slightly tapered). I think it looks different on different folks based on arm size in relation to body size and fabric chosen as well. A fabric with more stretch will have a cozier, more relaxed arm.

      I hope that helps!

  2. oh my, I got to the neck band and you had notches for me and I did not have to quarter the band and mark it myself! that was just like a christmas present just for me. I love this top, I made the crop length but then added two inches and sewed it like the longer length leaving side slits. It looks amazing, will post a picture as soon as I can get my husband to take one 🙂

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