Description: From Burda’s Website, “Pullover in normal width but in narrow look, with V-neckline. You can choose between a neck panel and or various collars. A,B & C are the long versions with broad hip level waistband which will look particularly attractive with narrow trousers/pants.” I made View C. Here’s the Technical Drawing.
Fabric Used: Wool ribbed sweater knit that I bought at Metro Textiles in New York when I was there with Barbara and Carolyn two weeks ago.
Pattern Sizing: 36-50. I used 40, In all honesty, I should probably use size 38 and adjust the full bust and the hips. The shoulders are more dropped than I was expecting, though now that I look at the photograph, they are pretty dropped on the model, too.
Comments on the Instructions: This was a pretty straightforward pattern for the most part. The only tricky part is the collar. I found the collar instructions mostly unintelligible when it came to the pleat, and in fact I ended up putting the pleat on the inside of the collar. The line drawings show the pleat on the outside. It’s not noticeable, so I will leave it. But I wouldn’t recommend this for folks who haven’t a pretty good sewing background. Other than that I didn’t use the instructions too much. I spent more time playing with the tensions on my serger and sewing machine to avoid stretching the sweater too much on the horizontal grains.
The other thing that I did differently is the sleeves. Why do pattern companies insist on having you do set in sleeves in knit garments? This sleeve doesn’t have that much ease in it. Instead of inserting it using an eased-in method, do yourself a favor and sew it in shirt-style, before you close the side and underarm seams. This will make your life so much easier.
General Comments: This is a very cozy pattern. I made it up slightly differently than the way they recommend, because I was trying to get kids to football practice and games, and helping them with projects and making their Halloween costumes. But the pattern is well drafted, and I’m sure without all the distractions it would go together beautifully. I would also recommend making this into a dress. To do that, don’t bother to fold the hip band, just attach the top of the band to the bottom of the body of the sweater, and use a 2 inch hem at the bottom. I almost left it that way, but I decided I want a tunic sweater more than a dress. I may morph this into a dress for another version though. If I do, I’ll probably just tape the hip band pieces to the sweater body and cut them as one piece.
Conclusion: A great sweater pattern. I wish I could find one that has similar styling but is a cardigan. Time to draft one of my own.