Remember my nice neat piles, sorted with sketches and patterns and all in some sort of order? Well, I kinda messed that order up a wee bit! I was all on track with another three Burda patterns traced out and ready to make using the three knit fabrics I bought from Fabricland in Reading at the end of August. This grey, slightly sparkly knit with toweling type loops was destined for a very different pattern.
But then I clapped eyes on this… Pullover 109 is available from the German Burda website as a download here. I got the October Burda in the post, from Germany. They sent it because they used one of my photographs in their “Reader’s Makes” section (why don’t we have on of them in the English version??). I got to this picture & decided pretty much immediately that it was going to have to be on the top of my list, even if it meant stealing a fabric away from another pattern! Originally I thought of using a different knit, but thought it was probably too soft (turns out I was right, even this one just makes it, a chunkier knit would give a result more like the one in the magazine).
It consists of a high funnel neck with side zip on the left, not that you need it to get in or out of the pullover, it’s there for different ways to wear the top. The front and back are cut off the grain, the back on the bias, and have shaped hems. I kept the pointed hem in the back but made the front straight – I didn’t need it any shorter, showing off my tummy! I made the 44 straight, no fiddling. There is enough ease to wear over tee shirts comfortably, so perfect for layering.
I used the overlocker on this make, except for sewing in the invisible zip. The major sewing took about 1.5 hours, then all I needed to do was handstitch the hems and the inside of the funnel neck to the zip tape. I left it to the morning for fresh eyes! I don’t think there’s much I would change about this pattern. Perhaps if I lengthened it at the waist a bit I could reinstate the angled front hem. It does look good on the original pattern.
With the zip almost completely open, the “collar” folds over. Loads of room for showing off a pretty scarf!
So it’s back to the sewing table, to make something that’s actually on the list! 🙂 I hope all your Autumn/Spring sewing plans are progressing well!!