Ann's post about it. This fabric spoke to me from the moment it was introduced at Sawyer Brook, but naturally I talked myself out of it - until it was down to one last piece. Instead of listing that final cut for sale, I bought it.
This top is a joy to make. I love the stylishness of the collar, and the way it drapes so softly around the neck. I'm not much for tight collars - turtlenecks drive me insane. I love cowl necks too, but this shape is a new experience for me, as was sewing with a sweater knit. It was easier than I expected. After doing a full bust adjustment on the pattern, I was able to fit as I sewed and the knit responded well to basting for several test fittings.
The only "inside story" here is that twill tape was inserted in the shoulder seams to keep them from stretching out. I finally determined the right size to use for my neck, shoulders and upper torso - two sizes smaller than I've been cutting for myself for the past - lord-only-knows several years! - and I didn't want the top to grow as it is worn.
|Collar/neck seam sewn with the 4-thread serger|
True to form, I ended up with a bit less fabric than I needed - and no matter how creatively I tried to lay out my pattern pieces, long sleeves were not happening for this sweater. Okay then, 3/4 sleeves it is. They look great on the sweater and on me, but it has made it difficult to wear while temperatures in Massachusetts have lingered in the 30's right into the early Spring. Wearing a sweater over a sweater really defeats the purpose.
|3 pewter buttons from Mom's stash set this off perfectly!|