I’ve seen some great versions of this pattern popping up on Instagram, and decided to make my own.
The Friday Pattern Co. website states that it’s patterns are ‘for the modern woman, minimalist and easy to sew’. I purchased the PDF version of the pattern.
There are three pattern pieces, elastic forms the shoulder gathers and creates the sleeve shape.
I decided to remove 5cm from the sleeve width by overlapping the fabric fold 2.5cm with the pattern piece after looking at other versions of the blouse on line. There are lines on the pattern piece (see = above) to narrow or widen the sleeve as wanted.
The neckline is finished with a folded band, the front and back of the top are the same.
The fabric was from The Frugal Fabric Store and is mid weight with 50% stretch.
I made the XL and added 5cm to the length and removed approx 5cm from the hip width. Really pleased with this top and have a second version planned in lightweight jersey already 😺✂️✂️
I’ve been a fan of Kim Hargreaves designs from her early days with Rowan yarns. This pattern is from her 2018 autumn/winter book Pale.
The sweater is knitted in two identical pieces, with deep ribbing at the hem and sleeve cuff.
The neckline is very wide, and doesn’t show clearly on the pictures. I undid the neck after the sweater kept falling of my shoulders and re-knitted omitting the increased stitches and decreasing a further 2 stitches across the centre stitches. This was a better look for me.
The yarn is a lovely mix of cotton and alpaca and produces a lovely mottled effect.
An easy knit if you don’t mind stocking stitch for hours! You need needles with a cable or a long circular set to accommodate the full width of stitches. 😺✂️✂️
Simply Sewing has some really good patterns, and this one caught my eye as I need some more cosy tops for winter.
The pattern pieces were printed over 4 pages, the lower section of the dress simply attaches to the bottom of the top sections.
This fabric is a lovely bubble jersey from Pin and Sew, and I bought 1.5metres rather than the recommended 2.5 metres as the fabric is 150cm wide rather than the 115cm width stated on the envelope.
To match the bubbles in the texture I marked the lines at the seam edges every 10th bubble and then pinned at the marker. I added extra pins between these to stop the fabric shifting and used my walking foot. I used a 1.5 x 2.5 zig zag and then overlocked the seams once I had tried on for fit.
I cut across the full width of the fabric along the bubble line to get a straight line for cutting out and used a rotary cutter and large ruler to cut the neckband to ensure that the bubbles were aligned.
A lovely quick make and I am sure I will make more. The neckline sits beautifully and the polo neck drapes at the front and sits against the back of my neck so is nice and warm 😺✂️✂️
The genius of this book is that it allows for so many adaptations and variations. As with all Named patterns the instructions and diagrams are clear and easy to follow.
The Ruska has a knit dress, knot dress, t-shirt and tunic variations and I have used the turtle neck and long sleeves from the dress on the t-shirt body. The turtle neck is two piece and this double layer keeps the shape really well.
Each pattern version in the book has a list of pattern pieces, clear line drawing and cutting layouts with a list of notions and fabric requirements. It also lists the skills you learn completing the garments as they increase in complexity through the book from a bag to jeans and a coat.
The introduction to the book also has useful tips and instructions that would be great for a beginner.
The list of pattern pieces and cutting diagrams are lovely and clear to follow. The dress outline below shows the additional shaping to the sides of the dress. The necklines also differ to accommodate the turtle neck collar. As the shoulder and armhole are the same it was easy to trace the lines needed.
The pattern pieces are on large sheets that have the sections clearly listed, but the large sections are spread over several sheets. The patterns are available as pdf downloads so that will be my choice for another pattern. The patterns do overlap, but not quite as much as in Burda magazines!
I love this book, and there are several garments that I am planning to make. The final section of the book ‘How to Break the Pattern’ states ‘there are countless ways to alter and spice up clothes’ and it really doesn’t disappoint with this clever premise
This fabric is a 200g jersey from Pin and Sew in one of my favourite colours 😺✂️✂️
I’m not a fan of tracing, but I am drawn to the Burda magazines for their quirky details.
This pattern was September’s sewing lesson, so the pattern pieces were blue, and as they didn’t overlap, I cut them straight from the pages!
The recommended fabric was sweatshirting, but I used a lovely stable knit fabric bought from Rags in Worcester (a lovely friendly small shop worth visiting).
The sleeves have large pleats at the wrist that create a lovely draped effect, subtle in the knit fabric I am sure it would be more structured in a heavier fabric
I basted the pleats, and overlocked the edges once sewn, an extra step not needed for sweatshirting
Have already worn this a few times as autumn has arrived! I added an extra 2cm to the neckband and as this is very roomy cut out the size 3 sizes smaller.
First cozy make of 2018 completed 😺✂️✂️
This is my first Nina Lee pattern, and I was really impressed with the clear instructions and options.
I bought the printed pattern which was published a few months after the pdf as I had seen some great versions popping up on Instagram. This fabric is a lovely viscose jersey from Pin and Sew.
The envelope describes The Mayfair as ‘a jersey dream designed to carry you from office to cocktails, from beach to bar, or from sofa to fridge and back again’
There are three sleeve length options, and the choice of knee or maxi length that combine to give six options. The dress has a relaxed fit with gathers under the bust that stabilise the neckline drape and extend to tiesThe collar pleats and folds over internally. The pattern recommended using the burrito technique to finish this seam. I found this to be tricky once the dress was rolled up, and chose to finish this by hand, which was easy to do with two lengths of stitching starting at the centre join
This dress is lovely to wear, and I love the neckline and tie details, particularly as the ties are long enough to wrap around the back to tie at the front or have long at the back 😺✂️✂️
This Nano Iro fabric has a full width pattern with metallic tones. it’s called Five Senses, this one is Earth. The pattern is The Boxy Top from Jen Hewett’s Book Print Pattern Sew, that was a freebie with Simply Sewing.
One of my favourite fabric shops, Raystitch in Islington, have amazing window displays, and I follow them on Instagram for inspiration. One thing they have done is to use the selvage edge of fabrics as the hem. One garment used a Nano Iro fabric that has the same slightly fluffy edge as this double gauze, so I decided to copy the effect.
This simple top works well to showcase the fabric. The sleeves are cut from the opposite edge to the main body sections. I bought this fabric on holiday a couple of years ago, fabric souvenirs are lovely to wear. 😺✂️✂️