On a rainy sunday morning while making HrH’s strong cup of coffee I stretched my hand into our tea bowl and realised to my dismay that we run out of tea. Panic. I need my cup of tea! It’s a running joke in our household that I’m a tea pot. I drink a lot more tea (and almost no coffee) that you expect a Brazilian to. With no exciting plans other than a lazy day watching movies I braved out of the house a little bit grumpy. I wasn’t intending to change out of my handmade pjs. To make the trip worthwhile instead of going to the local supermarket I made my way to town, where above the mini supermarket, there is a fabric shop that opens on Sundays.
Grabbed my favourite tea brand (+ biscuits) and went to the fabric shop hoping to see something nice or inspiring. On the jersey section there it was, this very unusual knit fabric for the bargain price of £2/m.
I will have 1,5 mt + that black remnant knit please! So soft. It costed me less than the tea and biscuits. Don’t you love a bargain when you least expected? My acquisitions made me giddy and I walked home with a spring on my step.It’s going to be an afternoon of instant sewing gratification.I wasn’t excited by any pattern on stash. Dress, dress, top, skirt, dress. With my fresh brew in my hands I went pattern hunting for something I haven’t made before. Options were limited to pdf and since burdastyle fits me pretty well I went straight on their cardigan section.
Luxe cardigan 03/2013 #107C was love at first sight. The pattern is not hard to sew but I would not advise it for beginners. The neckband isn’t the traditional rectangular. It’s shaped following the neckline, narrow and very fiddly. I made my normal Burdastyle size and gosh, I’m lucky to have added a bigger seam allowances (1,5) than on traditional knit patterns because this pattern runs small. I needed every bit of the extra seam allowance. I basted (to test fit) on my machine first than overlocked all the edges.
The snaps are very strong/secure so even with the close-fitting (negative ease) top they stayed in place together with my dignity. I really love the shaping on the bust and neckline. I would totally make this pattern again once this top runs it’s lifecycle.