Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! We escaped the winter weather here in Illinois for a week in sunny and warm New Orleans. If you haven't been, it is definitely worth a trip- delicious food, beautiful surroundings and great jazz! We luckily avoided all of the airport delays that the news is reporting.
But now we're back to the frozen tundra, and I'm happy to be sewing again!
I'm still loving all of the knit tunic patterns in the new European pattern magazine- My Image! We are expecting our second shipment of this pattern magazine to arrive any day now. All of this upcoming shipment has sold out. They were ordered back in early December, but with this crazy winter weather, things are taking a long time to get here from Europe.
I made M1011 from a plum wool jersey with a tiny gold grid when you see it up close. Wool jerseys are hard to come by, but so much nicer to wear in the cold winter than cotton or poly knits- so grab them whenever you can find them!
This style has a unique pleated neckline joined to a cowl neck and button tabs. The skirt is seamed, and there is a waistband, so there are a lot of pieces, but they went together quickly. The only thing that wasn't particularly clear to me was where to attach the tabs, so I just looked at the photo and attached them at the uppermost pleat.
I didn't make any adjustments to the pattern, and you can see that it fits perfectly in the bust area. I normally do a FBA (full bust adjustment), but didn't need to for this pattern. Boy, is that nice!
Like Burda magazine patterns, for any pattern piece that is just a standard square or rectangle, measurements are listed, rather than a separate pattern piece provided. So the cowl piece is one that you need to create from the measurements because it is a rectangle.
The measurements are given in centimeters, which none of my measuring tools are in! So I'm going to have to print out a conversion chart to keep handy when I'm sewing from this magazine.
I'm wearing this with my leggings from Vogue 1214. I think these are my most used garment that I've sewn from 2010!
This pattern would easily make a nice dress- I would add about 6 more inches to the skirt pieces. I think it also would look better with a belt to give it a little more waist definition, so I'll do that next time.
I'd like to make this one up again in a pretty Spring shade of knit as well- with the 3/4 length sleeves, it will transition to warmer weather nicely.
Here is the post for the Wrap Tunic and Vest that I made earlier this month from this issue.