Mile End Sweatshirt : : Closet Core Patterns : : Montreal Lounge Collection


Hiya everybody!

This week Closet Core Patterns released their most recent patterns…the Montreal Lounge Collection. While both the Mile End Sweatshirt and the Plateau Joggers (not shown) are familiar silhouettes, each one has the fresh and elevated look that I’ve come to anticipate from CCP. I think one of CCP’s core strengths is giving us wardrobe building garments that are modern, wearable, and customizable to one’s individual tastes.

I participated in the pattern testing for the sweatshirt (thank you CCP for the opportunity) but not the joggers, so I’ll be giving feedback on half the collection. As per usual, there were alterations to the pattern post testing of which I will make note of. (Sleeves, Imma lookin’ at you.)

The sweatshirt comes in three views…the classic view A that I sewed, a more playful version that has a front tie in the waistband, and a crossover V-neck hoodie with kangaroo pocket. The link is here for the pattern and also photos, specs and details.

Mile End Sweatshirt, A Colourful Canvas, Closet Core Patterns

I made my top back in December and it’s had a ton of wear since then….and not just for lounging. With its thoughtful design lines, this sweatshirt is getting way more mileage than the average off the rack sweatshirt.

In the close-up view above, you can see that the side seams are angled slightly toward the front of the body. This design line is continued on the waistband. The sleeves are two part and also (not visible) have two small darts at the inside front elbow.

While we’re on the subject of sleeves….mine ended up too long for my comfort even though I shortened the pattern prior to sewing. The final version of the Mile End Sweatshirt sleeve has been drafted a full 1.5″ shorter than my test pattern piece. The angle of the shoulder seam has also been adjusted for a better overall fit.

Mile End Sweatshirt, A Colourful Canvas, Closet Core Patterns

The back has an unlined yoke…an unexpected but welcomed design feature on a sweatshirt. The yoke, shoulder, sleeves and side seams are topstitched.

Mile End Sweatshirt, A Colourful Canvas, Closet Core Patterns

With most Closet Core Patterns I make an FBA, but with the generous ease in the sweatshirt, I opted to keep it simple. No fitting adjustments made other than shortening the sleeves. While I’m happy with the fit overall, I plan to make my next one using the final published version of the pattern.

Mile End Sweatshirt, A Colourful Canvas, Closet Core Patterns

In my photos I am wearing my sweatshirt with CCP Sasha Trousers and a Grainline Archer Button Up Shirt. My fabric is a dreamy, super soft rayon/bamboo fleece from Spool of Thread fabrics. I’ve linked to the cream colourway as the soft pink Sweet Pea is out of stock. Be sure and give your fabric a solid pre-wash as there will be some shrinkage.

Mile End Sweatshirt Revisions (0-20)

  • Shortened overall length by 3/4″
  • Shortened sleeve by 1.5″
  • Adjusted angle of shoulder seam and removed some length
  • Removed excess at back armhole on back yoke and back


Wearing : :

Mile End Sweatshirt : : Closet Core Patterns

Sasha Trousers  : :  Closet Core Patterns Also seen here

Archer Button Up Shirt : : Grainline Studio



  • Reply Sheila (of Ephemera) March 29, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Sue, great to see you! How’s it going over there on the mainland!

    Your sweatshirt looks amazing – I noticed those angled front seams immediately. You would be so proud of me – I dusted off my rusty sewing skills and redid cuffs on a pair of wool Valentino (!) trousers, by hand! That sewing badge in Brownies paid off.

    Hope you are well! Take care! Sew on!

    • Reply Sue April 1, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      Hi Sheila.

      Things are well here, thank you. I am impressed…not only that you decided to do some alterations, but on Valentino Trousers to boot. You are brave and doesn’t it feel good to have new cuffs!!!

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion March 31, 2021 at 9:16 am

    You did it again… a dream of sewing work. Sweater, like T-shirts, are so difficult in my experience. The fabric can play funny tricks on you. You have got yourself a dream of a sweater and you styled it beautifully with the shirt and those gorgeous shoes. Well done Sue.

    • Reply Sue April 1, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Greetje! You are so right….knit fabrics have a mind of their own. Fortunately I got through this make without any major problems. Happy you noticed the shoes too. I was pleased to see how well they went together!

  • Reply MoreGreenWool July 5, 2024 at 7:07 am

    This sweater has a great pattern. It looks very comfortable and warm. It’s really interesting.

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