This sweaterknit was a very recent purchase from Fabricmart.com. It's not anything special in terms of content - probably 100% polyester - but it has great drape and will be sufficiently warm for a cool fall/spring day. I wanted a cardigan and was all set to make up Simplicity 2603. Except that I wanted something a little more structured and didn't have enough fabric for the more drapey Simplicity. Enter my first ever Jalie pattern, also purchased from Fabricmart.com.
This pattern has already been made many times, and those ladies have stated it was narrow through the shoulders and had tight sleeves. I have rather fleshy arms, so knew that was going to have to change. While I love to sew, I do not like to draft or design. I also like to skip making muslins as much as possible. So, Simplicity 2603 (already purchased) was put to good use after all. I used the front, tie and upper back from the Jalie pattern. The shoulder, sleeve opening, sleeve, and narrower lower back are from the Simplicity pattern.
This will mostly be worn with jeans or slacks and a white shell (currently being knitted) underneath. And since I am always cold during the winter, this pattern is sure to be used again and again when I find more sweaterknits. I did make this several inches shorter then the pattern, and can also see it in a waist length for some variety.
The long front tucks and folded over front "tie" sold me on this design.
Several construction techniques were changed from what the pattern instructed. I used french seams throughout and slip-stitched the tie closed at the inside front. I didn't do my usual bias tape enclosure of the armhole seams. The fabric was just too thick and cumbersome and my sewing room felt hot and stuffy. It doesn't ravel, and I don't feel the least bit of remorse.
Skirt 125 from Burda's April issue will be completed either today or tomorrow. I am using a rich shade of red and it is looking gorgeous! After that I have got to make something in a print. All these recent solid colors, while very versatile, are starting to bore me.