Yes I did bring back some fabric souvenirs from Philadelphia. I’ll tell you about them later.
Today is about souvenirs of Brighton.
In particular, a lovely grey and baby blue boiled wool.
I scored the last of that fabric on the roll, and it was only 1.2 m of 120 wide. Options were limited.
Should I make a jacket with contrast sleeves? Or that really simple T-Shirt top in Burdas June issue?
You know, the one that should be made with soft or thin or drape-y fabric.
In other words, all the things my fabric was not.
You know where this is going don’t you?
I give you winter sweater with ridiculous wide and short sleeves
I like it! Despite its being a catalogue of all the things poor fitting: draglines and excess fabric under the arms.
And the pooling in the small of my back (or is that just me trying to stand up too straight?)
In its defense, it really is lovely fabric.
Pattern: BurdaStyle 06/2016 #103A
The line drawing is not distorted… The top really is that shape
Size: 36-44, I made a 42 and added 5 cm to the length. The fabric has some mechanical stretch so I used a shallow zig zag stitch for construction.
I finished the neck edge with a bias strip of cotton batiste (a remnant from I’ve-done-all-the-dumb-things-dress)
A ‘tag’ to make it easy to tell the front from the back
and inside views
No need for seam finishes or hems on the sleeves (selvedge) or the bottom ( just a cut edge)
And I love the way it can be folded up with such simplicity.
So, the last word?
Very happy this sweater is in my wardrobe. It’s a reminder of Brighton, and of accepting diversity in all aspects of life, even pattern styles.
Plus its cozy and warm and some of my favourite colours.