Sinclair Oliver Polo
Pattern designer: Sinclair Patterns
Pattern level: 5/10
Time start to finish: 2.5 hours
Suggested fabrics: interlock, French terry, cotton Lycra
My fabrics: French Terry with cotton Lycra, light ABP
Price: Introductory sale price of $8.99 through March 31, 2019
If you are like me, the thought of a placket might give you anxiety. I’m happy to say though that the newest pattern from Sinclair Patterns, the Oliver Polo, made plackets easy to do!
The Oliver is a knit polo pattern that has the option of a collar or hood. Both have the placket with buttons (or snaps if you prefer) and a split hem. There are long, short or crop sleeves, all with cuff finishing. The placket and collar can be made using woven fabric as accents.
One benefit to all of Sinclair's patterns is that they are drafted in three different heights: short, regular and tall. My husband is 5'5" so I cut the short pattern pieces for him. His chest measured one size larger than his waist and hips. To adjust for this, I cut a US40 size for the hood, placket, sleeves and armsyce then graded down a size for his waist and hips. All the directions on doing this can be found in the tutorial.
I made my husband two completely different versions of the Oliver. I assumed at first he'd want the classic polo but he shocked me by asking for the hoodie version. For the hoodie, I used an Olive French Terry from Mily Mae Fabrics which is now sold out. I paired it with a cotton lycra drawn stars for the inside of the hood and placket. This was my first tester version so the length was changed a bit since this make.
For his other version, I went for a performance style polo by using the 125gsm athletic brushed poly from Surge Fabric Shop. This fabric is lighter but doesn't have any sheerness. I've used it to make him rash guards and tanks for the summer which have held up to all climates. This is hands down his favorite fabric due to it's moisture wicking capabilities, protection from the sun and light feel.
The finishing directions on this top are exceptional. The placket directions are very clear with pictures and text to illustrate the process. The binding that covers the seam along the hood and collar added a professional look too. I used the same blue colored fabric for the binding as the collar so it blends beautifully.
The Oliver is on sale as part of the new release for $8.99 through March 31, 2019. Look for a women's version coming soon too.
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