Sew a Versatile Fall Pullover

M7252 Pullover Pattern by Nancy Zieman

Sew a Versatile Fall Pullover

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M7252 Pullover Pattern by Nancy Zieman

Contemporary, seasonal, and absolutely easy-to-sew are some of the favorite elements about my new sewing pattern from The McCall Pattern Company. M7252 can be made in three styles; all featuring a sophisticated cowl neckline. Using the softest knit fabrics, this comfortable top will be a complementary addition to your wardrobe.

M7252 Pullover Pattern by Nancy ZiemanIn options A and B, styles feature different hem lengths, which make this top excellent to wear with leggings, jeans, or skirts. The styles are also drafted for sewing machine stitching or serger construction. Shown in style C, the top has an asymmetrical wrap across the body. The pullover is a truly versatile piece.

The pullover top may be sewn on a serger or a sewing machine set to a wobble stitch. And the best part: The pattern only has four pieces!

M7252 Pullover Pattern by Nancy ZiemanM7252 Pullover Pattern by Nancy Zieman

View A 

This design features a shorter hem length in a cozy shirt-style pullover. We stitched View A using a bold stripe to accent the shape and ease of the garment.

StyleAView B

View B is created with serger seams exposed.  The pullover featured below is created using fleece and a special technique, which we’ll see next week, for showcasing a serged seam.

StyleBView C

The third style has an across-the-body wrap design element making the pullover feel more like outerwear. This look is perfect for layers and is every bit as easy to sew as Views A and B.

StyleCConstruction Details

  • Fold the fabric, right sides together, as shown in the cutting layouts for your size and fabric width.
  • Roughly position all patterns on the fabric.

Note From Nancy: You’ll notice I have traced the pattern pieces onto paper to use multiple times and to allow me to reuse my pattern for multiple sizes. As I traced my pattern, I used a quilter’s ruler with a 45°  line to pencil in a bias grainline 45° from the marked grainline on the pattern. By doing this, I’m able to align my pattern pieces to create an exact diagonal stripe on my pullover. **Remember, when tilting the pattern pieces, you may need to purchase more fabric than originally required.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 1

  • Pin pattern pieces in place or use pattern weights.


  • Mark Notches: Cut a short “nip” in the edge of the fabric at each notch or circle marking, about 1/8″ in length. Clip two nips at a double notch.


  • Match right sides together and match the diagonal stripes along the center fronts and center backs.
  • Serge the seams or stitch with a wobble stitch, .5 width x 2.5 length on your sewing machine.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 2

  • Align and pin Front and Back pieces along shoulder seams, right sides together, matching notches. Stitch.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 3shoulderseams

  • Press seam flat; then press open. Press a serged seam to one side.

 Collar and Neckline

  • Align edges and pin Center Back seam of Collar, right sides together, matching notches.
  • Stitch or serge seam.
  • Press seam flat; then press open. Press a serged seam to one side.
  • Optional: Serge along the hemline.
KnitPullover NancyZieman 5FinishCowlEdge
  • Press under 1/4″ and topstitch.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 6StitchCowlSeam

Attach Collar to Neckline

  • Quarter-mark the neckline of the collar and neckline of the top. To quarter-mark, fold the opening in half and in half again, placing a pin at each of the four folds.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 7ApplyCowl

  • Align edges and pin the WRONG side of the collar to the RIGHT side of the neckline at each quarter mark.
  • Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 10JoinSleeveCufftoShirt

  • Press seam flat; then press toward the top and topstitch.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 10JoinSleeveCufftoShirt

  • Fold top of collar toward the neckline.

Underarm Seams and Hem

  • Align edges and pin Front to Back along underarm seams, right sides together, matching notches.
  • Stitch with 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Press seams flat; then press open. Press serged seams to one side.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 18Underarms

  • Optional: Serge along the hemline.
  • Press under 1/4″ and topstitch.
KnitPullover NancyZieman 16FinishGarmentEdge.KnitPullover NancyZieman 17LowerEdgeHemmed


  • Align edges and pin side seams of cuff right sides together.
  • Stitch seam.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 8SeamSleeveCuff

  • Press seams flat; then press open. Press serged seams to one side.
  • Optional: Serge along the hemline.
KnitPullover NancyZieman 19SleeveSerged
  • Press under 1/4″ and topstitch.

Attach Cuffs to Sleeves

  • Align and pin WRONG side of cuffs to the RIGHT side of sleeves, matching edges and notches.
KnitPullover NancyZieman 20SleeveSerged
  • Stitch with 1/4″ seam allowances.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 15HemSleeve

  • Turn top right side out. Fold up cuff hems and align with the cuff seams. Hand stitch top cuff to sleeve at each side seam.

KnitPullover NancyZieman 21FoldSleeveThe new pullover is finished and ready to wear!

M7252 Pullover Pattern by Nancy Zieman

Join me next week as we take a closer look at the construction of View B, a style serged in fleece knit. I will be detailing the simplicity of working with fleece and share a tip for decorative topstitching. If you don’t already subscribe to my enewsletter, sign up here, so you won’t miss a thing!

M7252 Pullover Pattern by Nancy Zieman

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  • marie hannagan
    October 6, 2015

    I think I would do the stripe version. But am defini
    tely going to make this.

  • Donna G.
    October 6, 2015

    How cute! I’d find a stipe knit similar to what was used. It looks great!

  • mary kukla
    October 6, 2015

    I think I would try a plaid knit, seems to be the new rage for the fall and winter.

  • Pam
    October 6, 2015

    I have been looking for a pattern just like this!
    Very stylish and comfortable. I would like to try it in
    fleece. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Judy
    October 6, 2015

    I would definitely make view A with a bold stripe. Looks like a fun sew!

  • Jamie
    October 6, 2015

    I think I would try a velour in Christmas colors. I’m going to do this one!

  • ChrisK
    October 6, 2015

    I would love to sew this up in a lovely drapey, jersey that can season span, and a slightly shiny knit for the cross front view. Love this pattern,

  • Sharon Moe
    October 6, 2015

    I will make the crossover view for my mom as a stylish extra layer. I would make the longer view for me for needed coverage!

  • Carol Y
    October 6, 2015

    I think I would love to sew this pattern in fleece. It is so warm and cozy for the fall and winter.

  • Joyce
    October 6, 2015

    I would do a stripe of some kind. Looks very comfortable.

  • Faye
    October 6, 2015

    So flattering to all body types! All three versions look great!

    • Barbara l. Gauldin
      October 6, 2015

      I I have a black knit fabric on hand just waiting to be used. Also
      A red fleece which I would like to use the serger method on.

  • Sharon McDonnell
    October 6, 2015

    Your samples are very useful in illustrating the fashion top. I have a piece of striped medium wt. jersey-just the thing for cooler weather….thanks.

  • Helen Grantham
    October 6, 2015

    I think I’d like to make this using French Terry. The design is stunning. Thank you Nancy for another fine project pattern.

  • JudiY
    October 6, 2015

    Since I’m almost always cold, I’d probably make the fleece version.

  • Debbie C.
    October 6, 2015

    This looks like the perfect top to help my granddaughter make in fleece for the winter.

  • Trudy
    October 6, 2015

    I have a polka dot and a coordinating solid. I think these would look great on View C!

  • Sharon H
    October 6, 2015

    Hi Nancy,
    I think I want style B in fleece for me, and style C in maybe a Jersey-type for my daughter.
    A side note or tip I use when I want to make multiple items from one pattern piece….
    I cut it out onto a heavier weight non-fusible interfacing, and transfer all markings, cutting the notches, etc., and pin all the pieces together when storing. Works wonderfully…
    much better than pattern paper or regular paper!

  • Pat
    October 6, 2015

    I would want to try this in a heavy double knit fabric to make more of an outer garment, similar to the fleece version. I look forward to the next installment of how to use a serger for the seams.

  • Diane C
    October 6, 2015

    I think I would look for a striped knit and also fleece. I think I may make several using the different variations.

  • Carolyn M. Lawson
    October 6, 2015

    Love the look and oh so comfortable. Can’t wait to make a few.

  • Pam D
    October 6, 2015

    Can’t wait to get started on these! Especially using a jersey knit print.

  • darlene macdonald
    October 6, 2015

    I think some sweatshirt fleece would be wonderful and perhaps try some color blocking as well. Soft cotton knit is so wonderful too! Thanks for the pattern preview and giveaway 🙂

  • Kathy VanEykeren
    October 6, 2015

    I have a knit in my stash (3 yards!) that will be perfect! It’s light Dove Gray, small rib…with a beautiful knit sweater appearance. Can’t wait!

  • PamB
    October 6, 2015

    I love the striped one you made, I doubt I could find that fabric where I live. I have some light weight knit that would have a pretty drape to the collar which I will probably use.

  • Peggy S
    October 6, 2015

    I have some fleece and some knit, so would make both versions.

  • Debby Brehm
    October 6, 2015

    Beautiful. I have not sewn anything but quilts for years. This could put me back into garment sewing.

  • Carol Lawrence
    October 6, 2015

    I’d make one in a rich chocolate brown fleece, and another in an olive textured knit in the stash. Love this pattern, just what I need for fall! Thanks Nancy, just love ya!

  • cheryl
    October 6, 2015

    I have two knits to use. One is a melon color. The second is a black on black stripe.

  • Camille
    October 6, 2015

    Definitely velour in a spunky color.

    October 6, 2015

    I am truly loving view C with the wrap style. I would definitely make several of these and many knit colors. My first one sewn would be made from ITY Knit Print Fabric – Metallic Animal #502. (my favorite). Thanks Nancy…I hope I can win this pattern because I like this one.

  • Nancy E Johnson
    October 6, 2015

    I’ve been looking for a simple drapey pattern to use with knits and this is it!!! Oh, I hope I win a copy!!

  • Miriam
    October 6, 2015

    I have a blue knit and a black print knit that I’ve been wanting to use but couldn’t decide on a pattern. I would make the crossover style and also view 1. I hope I win the pattern.

  • Julie Willis
    October 6, 2015

    I’d love to make view B in a gray heather fleece!

  • Carol Moore
    October 6, 2015

    Love the pattern…………………..especially the crossover version. Would make it out of a fleece fabric to wear this fall to keep the chill away.

  • ces scarborough
    October 6, 2015

    all style…..must try this..nancy picks the best

  • Pat Bartholomew
    October 6, 2015

    this is exactly what I have been looking for. I would use a jersey knit, black and white are my favorite colors that I wear often…so I might try doing a color block. Can not wait to start on this project. You are the best Nancy.

  • Nina Cramer
    October 6, 2015

    I have some amazing grey single knit with a great drape that I think will look fabulous made up in this pattern. 🙂

  • Kathy
    October 6, 2015

    This is one I would certainly pass on to my daughter. She is a better sewer than I am. She makes good use of my serger. Love your videos, have learned so much and makes me sew more.

  • Trudy Keller
    October 6, 2015

    I would make it in fleece. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • JoD
    October 6, 2015

    It’s usually the fabric that I don’t have and will never find. But, I think I got lucky this time. I have a medium bright pink color with a velour feel to it. Love to feel it! So, I think I’d love to wear it with this pattern. It would be comfy!

  • Pat Bartholomew
    October 6, 2015

    please unsubscribe me from follow up comments thanks

  • Starla
    October 6, 2015

    I just found the softest plaid fabric. I don’t know what it is, but I know it’s beautiful.

  • Judy Kirkpatrick
    October 6, 2015

    This pattern is so versatile that I would use it many times in different colors and fabrics. I would like to especially try the striped fabric for both winter and spring.

  • Marsha Ransom
    October 6, 2015

    I saw a lovely lace knit @ Joann Fabrics that would be nice for any version.

  • Linda M.
    October 6, 2015

    I have some striped knit fabrics in my stash that I didn’t know what to do with. Now I do. Will definitely buy this pattern. Thanks for the idea, Nancy!

  • Sandra McDonald
    October 6, 2015

    Love this pattern. Would use knit from my stash. Have several options.

  • PS
    October 6, 2015

    I would choose a loose weave for a lightweight cover up…just right for cooler fall mornings in the higher deserts of Arizona.

  • Colleen Waclawski
    October 6, 2015

    I would like to try a Velour as they are back in style again!

  • Candra
    October 6, 2015

    I have some stash knits calling out for this! I like the cowl neck and the wrap look of view C.

  • Mary Wippold
    October 6, 2015

    I have a small stash of lightweight sweater knits and ITY knits that could be used for this pattern.

  • Rachel
    October 6, 2015

    A knit in fall colors or a fall leaf pattern would be wonderful for this pullover…perfectly stylish for sitting outdoors in the evening next to the fire!

  • Bonnie
    October 6, 2015

    What a wonderful pattern! I especially love View C across-the-body wrap and would make it in a deep purple knit for the fall. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Elizabeth Lewis
    October 6, 2015

    I have a small animal print that is perfect for this pattern.

  • Christine D.
    October 7, 2015

    I would want to use a lightweight fleece, for warmth. I would need to go fabric shopping!

  • Diane S.
    October 7, 2015

    I like the looks of view A so i’m going to immediately start shopping for a striped knit. After that, I’m going to shop for a floral knit for view B. I love your new pattern!

  • Diane Peck
    October 7, 2015

    I have two materials in mind, a green on green stripe or a print with blues, reds & purples. The print I have enough of to make 3-4 tops I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern to make matching tops for myself & both of my sisters. Yay! I think I found it.

  • Marilyn
    October 7, 2015

    I love the pattern and am drawn to style C. The color/fabric chosen is one I would like to try to duplicate. The pattern is suitable for any body type. I’m looking forward to making this garment.

  • Cecilia Huether
    October 7, 2015

    I like both the strip and crossover pattern, would love the strips, and a nice knit for the crossover. This is a great pattern, and would love to win it. Thanks as always.

  • Faye F
    October 7, 2015

    I love you he striped version….would be a great project for my twin grand daughters’ first sewing project…in the solid color.

  • Joan Sawyer
    October 7, 2015

    I purchased some beautiful lightweight cotton knit from Mood last fall and that would work for making view C. What a great pattern to work with.

  • Ellen
    October 9, 2015

    Have been wanting to try something with exposed serged seams, looks like the one!

  • Arlean Fry
    October 9, 2015

    I have not been sewing garments lately as I quilt instead. Maybye it is time I start. The pattern looks easy and comphy to wear. I hope I win. Thank you for a chance.

  • Sandra Cantrell
    October 9, 2015

    I would make the tunic style in Bare Knits at Nancy’s Notions.

  • Ella Liddle
    October 11, 2015

    I haven’t made anything to wear in years. I do like the dolman sleeves and would like to try one in some type of fleece or velour. Thanks for sharing with all of us, Nancy. : )

  • Becky M
    October 12, 2015

    I have an ITY knit that I purchased recently that would be really cute with this pattern, and perfect for Fall.

  • Karen payton
    October 13, 2015

    I noticed a lot of knit fabric at my local fabric store and wondered what I could make. This would be perfect. Looks so quick and easy.

  • Patty
    October 13, 2015

    I have some pretty blue sweater fabric that I’ve had for years that would be perfect for one of these sweaters.

    October 13, 2015

    I would make version C in a butter soft yellow fleece.
    This is so cool and easy to make. Thanks Nancy

  • Linda Cartwright
    October 14, 2015

    One thing I have never tried to sew is knit fabrics, but this looks so easy to do!

  • Dawn
    October 23, 2015

    I would use a nice fleece fabric, and use it for a jacket.

  • Carole
    October 23, 2015

    I would like to try this in a sheer knit or lacy knit and were a tank top under it. My office is always warm so I could not do fleece.

  • Ell
    November 8, 2015

    A knit with a really nice drape should sew up beautifully using this pattern.

  • Cheryl Masters
    December 29, 2015

    I have already purchased the pattern and already had some grape fleece The crossover looks really good and I added a metallic thread pattern on my sewing machine. Love it. Thank you for the design of the pattern. I love the patterns I have bought at Nancy’s Notions, and the fabrics to create them. I watch your show every weekend. It’s how I start my Saturday. Thanks so much for all of the sharing and teaching you have given. I just wish I would have known about your show more than a couple of years ago. You shine!

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