Heather Lou made me do it! She looked so great in her Named Talvikki Sweatshirt that I had a second look at this pattern that I had previously passed over.
I like the minimalist design of this sweater, particularly the darts around the neckline which form the funnel neck. I must admit that I very happily and cluelessly applied non-stretch interfacing to my stretch fabric neck facing. (At least I have a consistent M.O.) Luckily, the neck opening was wide enough to fit over my pea-head without stretching (or, at least with the sound of only one stitch snapping) so disaster was (mostly) averted.
I sewed this with a sweatshirt fabric I bought from L’oiseau Fabrics, a terrific online fabric retailer that carries a ton of knits. The pattern calls for a medium- to heavy-weight stretch fabric, providing enough body for the sweater to look fairly structured, and this fabric fits the bill. The design of this pattern can definitely elevate plain sweatshirt fleece from schlubby to smart. (Which is hard to say out loud…try it. lol)
I modified the pattern to make it slightly longer so I can wear leggings and have my butt covered, and the side slits don’t go up quite as high. There’s no point in having too much ventilation in a cool-weather sweater, amirite?
As I’m putting this post together, I realize that this *looks* better than I *feel* in it. I feel a bit dwarfed by the roominess of this sweater. I find the sleeves to be ginormous — very wide armholes and sleeves. I’m tempted to zip the serger up the sleeve sides to trim them down a bit.
With special guest appearance by Ernie’s tail
Some great ideas I’ve read for this pattern around the blogosphere include:
- sew it in ponte knit
- sew it in boiled wool (as Named’s sample was done)…definitely in a class above sweatshirt fleece
- add a short exposed zipper to the back or the neck, or even up the side of one shoulder
Thanks for stopping by for a read!
Look at this neckline! I might as well have been drunk when I sewed it. Shame I wasn’t; I would at least have had an excuse.
I am a victim of “let’s just get this thing DONE, shall we?” syndrome. I chopped and pinned and stitched that neckline in a frenzy so I could clean up the dining room table in time for dinner. The neckline sucks, but dinner was excellent.
This is Burda’s “Cozy Sweater with Rounded Shoulders” from the January 2015 edition of the magazine. (The European version, not the American one. Is it me or is the American version just a rehash of all the patterns that have already been released in the Euro edition? I am happy to make a special trip to get the European version every month — from my local Ye Olde German Shoppe, which I can’t wait to tell you about in another post — because it seems so much better.)
I modified the pattern a bit — I mean, in addition to modifying the neckline to be all fucked up. I didn’t use binding around the edges because sewing binding makes me CRAY CRAY. I want to poke my own eyes out with a dull spoon every time I attempt sewing binding. So I just added seam allowance and folded over the edges and top-stitched.
(Note to self: comb hair before photo shoot. And use a frigging lint brush. On the sweater, not the hair.)
The fabric is a polyester stretch with diamond-pattern texture that I picked up from Affordable Textiles in Toronto. It has good body so this feels a bit like I’m rocking the scuba-fabric trend. If you wait long enough, I will eventually get on top of all the latest trends, just when everyone’s already sick of them.
It was a super-quick sew, with only a front piece, back piece, and 4 pieces for the sleeves to sew together. Of course, I haven’t yet factored in the time I am going to spend ripping out and fixing the neckline. I will put this next to the couch in the TV room and one evening I will hopefully pick it up and fix it.