IWK Fall 2008 Sidelines Top

Gallery: Sidelines Top by Lou Schiela

Interweave Knits Fall 2008This sweater is beautifully constructed and designed. What you can see in the photos is the lovely "paneled" structure, with the front panel separated by the two side panels by "princess lines" of cable stitches. What you may not be able to see in the photo is that the side panels on the front of the sweater are formed by working on the bias: the stitches slant upwards on each side from the base of the cable towards the side seams. This gives the side panels a wonderful stretch and fit–they take the curve of the princess lines and add in your own curves to produce those stunning hourglass curves you see. The back also has three panels, but these are plain stockinette separated by purl "princess lines"–this gives the sweater some drape and flow, so that it doesn't fit like a corset!

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Sidelines Top

Sample garment measures 40.5" and is modeled with 1.5" positive ease at bust in the magazine.

Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi   Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi
Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi   Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi


Her bust: 33.5"
7 " positive ease

I think Toni likes this sweater 🙂 It has a very loose and comfy fit on her, even with the layers that she likes to wear underneath. For a more fitted look, she could knit the 36.5" (with 3" of positive ease) and still have enough room for a layer or two underneath. The neckline looks big on her; I checked the schematic and the neck opening in the smaller size is only a quarter inch different on each side–not enough to make this fit her well. She'd want to narrow the neck opening by about a half-inch to an inch on each side.

Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Kat
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Kat   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Kat


Her bust: 40"
0.5" positive ease

This has a lovely fit on Kat. Maybe the sleeves could be about a half-inch to an inch shorter, so they fell at the level of her waist. Maybe the hem could come up just an inch or so. But not much else!

Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Debbie
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Debbie   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Debbie


Her bust: 34.5"
6" positive ease

These photos show the amazing ability of this sweater to flatter a wide variety of curves and sizes. Although it is loose-fitting on Debbie, it looks great! The sleeves are a bit long, and the hem as well, but this is a good example of how the sweater would look with more positive ease–and still be a great fit.

Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Stef
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Stef   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Stef


Her bust: 34"
6.5" positive ease

Again: See how stretchy and versatile those bias panels at the sides are? They hug your curves–in a looser fit, as on Stef, they hug them gently; in a closer fit, they would hug a bit more closely. On Stef, this particular sweater in this size is a bit loose from side seam to princess line, so Stef might want to consider subtracting a few stitches from each side panel (doing the same on the back side panels as well). The front center panel fits her like a dream, as does the back center panel.

Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  erin
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  erin   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  erin


Her bust: 38"
2.5" positive ease

On Erin, this sweater has a nice, body-skimming fit. She might want the hip section to be narrower–if so, she would cast on fewer stitches for the center panels (front and back) than specified for this size. The sleeves seem a bit large around the upper arm; Erin could knit a smaller sleeve size to get a better fit. The sweater probably also needs more length at the hem.

Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Sanid   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Sandi


Her bust: 40"
0.5" positive ease

Nice fit! The sleeves are a bit long, but otherwise, it looks great.

Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Bertha   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Bertha


Her bust: 34"
6.5" positive ease

This is way too big on Bertha, even for something with a loose fit. She would prefer at least the next size down (36.5") for something that hugs her curves a bit more. The neckline, however, is really pretty on her!

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56 thoughts on “IWK Fall 2008 Sidelines Top

  1. I really think it needs some short rows in the center back and front hem sections so the bottom has a more graceful curved line. There’s something funny about the way it hangs on all the models, except those that’s its tight on. Nice concept though.

  2. KUDOS to the designer on this one! Hourglass lines are so flattering on so many people, and I am a sucker for 3/4 sleeves and nice bottom hems. I love it on Kat–not too tight but flatteringly huggy– but I think it looks good on pretty much everyone. Actually, least good on Bertha this time around. 🙂
    LOVE the color, too!

  3. The neckline on this sweater is very pretty and I think looks best without anything underneath so you can really appreciate it. It looks FAB on you, Sandi! While it looks fine with lots of ease, I think it is most flattering with just a little bit.

  4. Looks great. I’m not crazy about 3/4 sleeves, though – I’m always finding myself tugging on the sleeves. So I would prefer to lengthen the sleeves down to my wrist – any tips for doing so?

  5. I’d love to see more from this designer! The design is flattering to all the models. After seeing so many of these galleries, I realize how unusual that is! And, it’s a beautiful color that lets you see the structure and details.

  6. I knew I was going to make this sweater from the moment I saw it on the preview. I love the princess shaping. These photos are so helpful in seeing where to tweak the pattern. I also sew so I take fitting a sweater with a slightly different approach.

    For instance Toni has narrow shoulders and a slender neck, she definitely needs to make the neck narrower and her shoulder line needs to be narrower also. I am currently a sweater where I used the pattern size for the chest up to the armholes and then at that point I decreased down until I have enough stitches to use the size that matches my shoulder width. This will also give me the smaller neck size I need too. Having this sweater correctly fit in the shoulder width and neck size is crucial to overall fit as everything hangs off the shoulders.

    The difference in the back between Debbie and Stefanie is amazing. Even though they are .5″ difference in chest size, Stefanie has a wider back than Debbie and you can see it in the folds in the sweater. I think this is important to point out, because bust and chest are two different things. One can be a 40 and be a larger cup size which means narrower back than one who is 40 in the bust and a smaller cup size which means wider in the back. In fact this sweater looks awesome on all you ladies with the wider back. I’ll look into seeing if I can knit a back piece in a narrower size and add more to the front princess panels in order to get my sweater back to the bust size I need.

    I am concerned about the side panels being knitting on the bias. Having them knit this way is affecting the hang of the garment. I don’t know if short row shaping would fix the look because I am concerned that the bias sides will continue to grow as the front stays stable. We sewists know that when working with fabric having a straight grain and bias grain creates wonkiness. I don’t have enough experience in knitting to same the thing, but I think this is what this is showing. If this is the case then I hope I can figure out how to knit the panels without the bias knitting. And it will be absolutely wonderful if we see more patterns like this without the bias shaping on the side. I can see on Toni where it is causing drag lines because she likes so much ease.

    Hope this isn’t too long. I love this sweater and hope to make more than one, so I am going to be playing with this pattern for a long time.

  7. Love the color! Love the sleeves! Love the shaping in the back! Love the neckline! Love the hourglass fit! Don’t love the little cables going up the front or the funky heml in the front.

    Sandi, this one looks FAB-U-LOUS on you! Keep it and wear it often!

  8. This one caught my eye in the magazine because of the size of the model. I cheered when I saw that they used a curvey, generously sized model and the look was perfect.

    This sweater is wonderful for the lovely, feminine curves of women. The hour-glass shaping of the panels are so complimentary. It looks so nice on all the ladies.

  9. Nice sweater. If it is supposed to have an even hem, Pegola is right – there is something wrong with the way it hangs in the front. Where shortening the sleeves is suggested, I think that would be mistake – making the sleeves end at the elbow. These are perfect 3/4 sleeves and sleeves should not end at the elbow. They should end either above or below.

  10. I too was THRILLED when I saw a plus sized model wearing this sweater in the magazine. Kudos to Interweave Knits! The style is great and it’s nice to know it works so well to other sizes and shapes.

  11. Other than that odd bubble in the lower front (between the cables), this is a sweater that someone could actually wear. And I’m glad it looks best on Sandi for a change!

  12. This issue has so many things I can wear, but this is definitely one of the more work friendly pieces (a lot of the other ones are more layering pieces). I am always looking for things to make that look good that are high enough in the back neck to provide good coverage.

    This is also the one piece that my non-knitting friends looked at and said they liked.

  13. This is a pretty piece, but I agree with Phyllis, I think the sleeves look good on all of the models. Also, where it was suggested to make the sleeve smaller at the top of the arm to fit Erin, I disagree as well. I don’t really like the skin-tight look on the upper arms, it brings attention to an area, personally, I don’t want to be bringing it to.

  14. It is most beautiful on you, Sandi, and really doesn’t do much for Bertha.

    Viewing this sweater’s gallery next to the other galleries makes me wonder how much the galleries’ impressions are affected by the fact that most of the sweaters are too small for most of the models. Seeing this sweater, which was knit in a larger size than usual for a magazine sample, I realized that a lot of what may seem like fatal flaws in a sweater’s design might really be just a matter of trying to squeeze people into too-small garments. I find it difficult, if not impossible, to visualizie how a sweater would look with the correct fit on a body type that doesn’t fit the dimensions of the existing sample. Here, I think this sweater (Sidelines Top) is least flattering on Toni, Debbie and Bertha, all of whose proportions are most similar to mine, and I have to admit that I’m much less likely to consider making the sweater for that reason, even though I know that the sample is too small for them. (And though I do think Debbie’s adorable, I think that part of her photogenicity in the galleries is the fact that she (often) fits the smaples better than most of the other gals.

    This isn’t a criticism of you, Sandi – you consistently and assiduously remind us when sweaters are not correctly sized for the gallery models. I think that the problem is just inherent in having only one sample available, and usually one that is sized for a rail-thin model at that!

    It really is a shame that we’re not able to see the galleries with at least two samples – one smaller, the other larger, used. I suspect that we’d have a much different opinion on quite a few if the garments overall. At the least, it would be interesting to find out! if it made any difference.

  15. It really hangs on Bertha. The hem seems to roll. I’d do a picot edge hem to give it a little more weight on the bottom. I loathe wearing tops that flip up on me when I move around.

  16. There is nothing nice about this top, except the colour!.

    It is dowdy and doesn’t fit anybody in the gallery, other than Sandi.

    The ‘sidelines’ are strangely placed, they are too widely spaced at the bottom and do not have a flattering line, either back or front. It drapes down at the side/underarm.
    The hemline is odd, and the whole thing needs a huge ammount of work!

    Knitting is a wonderful craft, a lot of work and the results should be STUNNING, FLATTERING, PRACTICAL & COMFORTABLE.

  17. I totally agree with Wendy. I get annoyed reading negative comments about a design or a designer because the sample doesn’t fit properly on the gallery models. Clearly every body is different even within the same size. Factor in that the gallery model requires a different size than the sample being shown, and of course it isn’t going to look right! That doesn’t mean that the design is poor!! Different styles look better on certain body shapes than others. Rather than criticize the designer, just pick another design if one doesn’t work right for your body shape. I know what styles work well for me and I avoid the ones that don’t. That doesn’t mean that styles that don’t work for me won’t look beautiful on someone else. So, stop picking on the designers! (And no, I am not a designer).

  18. Why do some people think others want to read their negative comments? I enjoy reading the constructive comments by most of the posters but comments that are just downright negative and unconstructive are pointless.

  19. This was the one sweater in this magazine that looks like it was made for someone shaped just like me…not stickly thin, but nice and curvy. I love this sweater. Again, I wish you had taken the photo straight on, and not sideways. It doesn’t really show us how the sweater looks when the models are standing sideways.

  20. Why does it ride up at the centre front? (cables lay longer than the stockinette section) Perhaps a little more length in the stockinette section of the C.F. are needed

  21. I agree that the stick-thin models aren’t the best indication of how the garments will fit. However, neither are full-figured models, if you’re not full-figured! It would be most useful if they could be shown on at least two sizes of model. I am neither sticklike nor full-figured.

  22. The comment above about all the sample sweaters being smaller sizes brought up a question I’ve often had: Where does that come from? Is it the designer’s original garment? Are the different sizes of patterns test-knitted as well as the original garments, or are the different sizes calculated out mathematically and never actually test-knitted?

  23. Deanna K for the sidelines top………this one looks good on everybody!!! I’m considering it in chocolate brown and lengthening the sleeves for winter. I want something I can throw on anytime, wear casual or nice, skirt or jeans. The cables in their location are very slimming!

  24. YUMMY top! Will definitely go on my “to-do” list. Like others, I’m somewhat concerned by that wavy front hem, so will tinker a bit when I make it. The Gallery is ***so*** helpful for details like this. It looks great on everyone — and the color is certainly a plus!

    –Lynda in Oregon

  25. I am thinking about this sweater for my plus sized daughter. Love the color. I’m new to knitting. Crocheted for years, do all forms of needlework and the one thing I’d like to say is that most of the garments I’ve seen in the magazines are too short. Especially for plus sizes. Little short tops make most bottoms look huge. Bigger than they really are. At least this one is better lengthwise than most. My plus sized girl yearns to wear fashionable knits but most aren’t long enough, she’s bottom heavy.I’d love this even more if it had a few more rows added.

  26. This gallery is the greatest feature! It’s so hard to guess what a sweater is going to look like from different angles. The multiple views and body types are incredibly helpful. I think the side-effect of people making their own clothes is this abundance of pictures of real people wearing them. What a refreshing and positive difference!

  27. Wow, I liked the sweater in the magazine…now I love it! Hubby gave me a gift card for my LYS for my birthday – now I know what I’m shopping for.
    Thanks for the pictures ladies.

  28. I love this sweater, I’m not sure about the color has any one tryed to make it in any other color. And I was wondering do you have that sweater made in a toddler size I would love to make it for my daughter. Let me now.

  29. Does anyone have pics of the sweater before sewn together? Would love to see a pic of the front pre-blocked! Thanks!

    BTW, I prefer the sweater on Kat! Rock the sidelines!

  30. The sweater flatters none of them. Its not just because the sweater is too tight on all of them. It doesn’t even look good on the mannequin. I think its because the curving cable is too drastic a curve, especially in the back. I don’t see anything wrong with criticizing a designer. How will a designer know if he/she is really hitting the mark if they get nothing but touchy feely comments?

  31. This sweater looks best on an hourglass shape – more fitted than loose – even on a heavier hour glass (who might have to wear an undergarment to smooth out and lumps or bumps). It also looks like the wider the shoulder the better. It seems some are tugging at the bottom of the sweater. That would need attention when fitting the sweater to you.