My train arrives in Manchester at 12.30 on a very cold, but sunny Saturday in January 2017. I am literally chomping at the bit to get off the train. With a brief, absent-minded kiss to my husband, I rush as if hypnotised out of the train station. Never mind pedestrians, traffic, Saturday tourists. I am dragging my minuscule suitcase after me at an incredible speed. I almost run, filled with giddy excitement. It feels almost like a date, my heart rate is up, my cheeks are flushed. And finally, I arrive…
I don’t know if I should call this my happy place, or a den of iniquity, but here I am again in Abakhan in Manchester, face to face with a big challenge: how do I stop myself from buying my body weight in fabric.
Spoiler: I did not manage it. Remember the minuscule suitcase? Well, it was useless! I had to get a few large bags to accommodate all my loot. And it took myself, my long-suffering husband and another friend to carry all the stuff back home to London. We were in Manchester for a wedding and the day after was difficult, to say the least (urgh, did anyone say hangover?), without the added on luggage. But it was so worth it, as I got my fill of wonderful woolly knits to last me a long long time (well, until the next visit, of course).
But what does this have to do with anything other than showcasing my fabric madness?
I had forgotten all about this gorgeous knit fabric, it was only when I uprooted my sewing room that I found it again. So it jumped the queue and here we are.
I’m not even sure how this colour is called. I want to say mustard, but it’s much warmer. Maybe a golden ochre?
This is a very soft knit poly with a metallic gold thread. As with everything in Abakhan’s remnant baskets, the fabric is a mystery, but I did the burn test and it definitely came out as something polyester. It has a nice drape, but is also quite fluffy, which I quite enjoyed snuggling in.
When in doubt, dig up a Burda Magazine! Yes, I know, it’s a pain in the proverbial to untangle the spaghetti bowl of the copy sheets. Yes, the instructions are minimal.
But how awesome are some of those patterns? Obviously, not everything is everyone’s cup of tea, but I very rarely don’t find a pattern to fit a particular fabric or one of my crazy ideas. I think I might have even bought this fabric with this pattern in mind, as I can see it was saved on my Pinterest board ages ago.
Burda Description: Very oversized, V-neck pullover with slouchy sleeves and forward side seams and side vents.
It’s a very simple pattern, with only 3 pattern pieces and can be quickly assembled with the overlocker. The instructions are a bit weird, with a lot of hand sewing required (beah!) so I ended up doing things my way and using the coverstitch machine for the neckline and hem finishing.
I ended up having to do a bit of creative fabric cutting, as my fabric piece was a tiny bit less than required, so I ate into the side seams a bit. However, there is enough ease to go down even more, as you can see, it’s quite baggy.
The only notable change omitting the centre front seam, I cut it on the fold. I wasn’t sure how the fabric will sew, so I didn’t want to worry about puckered seams on my front. Well, not that I can live with them on my back, but less I see, less I stress if they went wrong.
I also used the regular t-shirt band insertion method and used the coverstich to top stitch it down. They were instructing you to hand stitch and I’m certainly not doing that! I’d rather unpick coverstitches twenty times over, haha!
This was the last project I sewed with my old Brother 1034D before I gave it away, sniff! But I got a shiny new Babylock Enlighten instead, so I wasn’t sad for too long :).
I reinforced the shoulder seams with iron-on 1/4” tape, as the overlocker did not want to sew the clear elastic for some reason. However you decide to do it, make sure you do reinforce, as the weight of the sleeves does hang off this seams and they will stretch out.
So, everything was sewn together with the overlocker, except for the neckband, and bottom hem and sleeve hems, which were coverstitched.
On the hems, I added a band which was then topstitched in place with the coverstich. Somehow the front hem was a bit wonky and this really helped to keep a nice, straight line. Also, I think it helps the garment hang nicer. The fabric is quite light and fluffy, so it benefits from a bit of weight. The sleeves were just turned over and topstitched with a two needles coverstitch.
The one watch-out would be to make sure you mark the slit ends carefully, as I forgot about them and could not understand why the back and front pieces don’t match. Then I tweaked that there was a slit and the sides were not the same length.
Wear & Style
This is my new favourite colour this autumn, and I want to wear it all the time! In fact, I have already worn this jumper loads since I finished it last week. I probably need to sew myself something else in this colour for a little variation. I just feel so nice and snuggly in it, but because of the metallic thread, it also looks nicer than just a regular sweatshirt.
So far, I have styled it with tight jeans, like in these pictures and also with a pair of dark culottes and a pair of faux leather trousers. I love the loose/tight combo, but it equally goes great with something looser. There is something about an oversized jumper that goes great with leather. So here I am wearing it with my fitted leather jacket, but I also wore it with a more masculine looking biker jacket.
What else I love about this one? I got so many disbelieving comments when I told people I made it. Everyone thought it was RTW, and to me, that is a compliment!
P.S. Hope you’re appreciating my matching socks combo, I’ve had these ages but only just got a chance to show them some love! ‘Tis the colour palette season :).
Pattern: Burda Style Magazine Oversize V-Neck Sweater 12/2015 #118A – also available in PDF on the BurdaStyle website. Size 38, with 1/4” SA
Fabric: Poly knit jersey with metallic thread from Abakhan
Alterations: Removed the centre front seam (cut on the fold); finished the neckline with a visible band (t-shirt) and used the coverstitch to finish neckline, hem and sleeves.
Next time: Maybe go one size down.
Other versions: Only one other review I could find on Pattern Review.
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