I made my own version of a cropped wide necked turtleneck sweatshirt hacked from a basic raglan sweatshirt pattern I already had. McCall’s 6992.
I made it with grey sweatshirt fleece I bought last weekend in Los Angles for a dollar a yard. I bought the whole bolt which had five yard for five dollars so expect to see a few more projects with this super soft fleece.
I also considered buying the Toaster pattern since it’s very similar to a Madewell sweater I liked and wanted to copy. I’ve been seeing so many cute versions of the Toaster pattern online this month. It’s funny how a pattern will sweep through the sewing community and everyone seems to make it. This is a cute one, so I totally get it. I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t knock off this design because although I saw the Madewell sweater first, I liked the details of The Toaster more. The higher cuffs and the longer waistband and the more fitted shape. I was curious to see if I could make something similar…
I would need to shorten the body and make it in a smaller size to give it that close fitting and semi cropped look. I shortened it five inches, a little too much, I think. I cut a size 8.
I would also have to create a wide turtleneck collar because I somehow lost the neck band piece. I always seem to lose at least one pattern piece! I made the piece a little shorter than the neck length and drafted it ten inches wide to fold over to about 5 inches.
I widened the cuff bands by two inches
Now about that collar. Is it a funnel neck or a turtleneck? What it basically is is a wide turtleneck that starts at a lowered neckline instead of the higher neckline of closer fitting turtlenecks and mock turtlenecks.
I know some of you might think it’s a questionable practice to copy other people’s pattern designs.
Personally, I sew to save money, and if I can copy a design I like myself, I figure, why not? I’m not selling it to anyone else and it’s for my own personal use, so I don’t see a problem. I don’t have an interest in promoting the sales of patterns, like affiliate ads or sponsored posts, so if I can hack a look I want with something I already have, it’s a good thing!
How about you? Do you think it’s wrong to copy the pattern designs of others of for your own use? And what makes it different from copying something you see in a shop?