Added Dec 11, 2011
This was a quick project using Burda Style Magazine’s easy wrap top pattern from their 11/2011 issue. I had bought this brightly coloured mixed knit with my sister in mind, but, as I ended up knitting her an infinity scarf for Christmas, I decided to put the fabric to use anyway! I’m actually surprised how much I like wearing such a cheery bright sweater. I guess I’ve found another reason I love sewing so much – I would never buy a bright orange ready made garment, but I constantly find myself buying bright fabric, either with other people in mind or because it looks so pretty in the store…it’s a great way to get myself finally wearing more colour!
I ended up changing the pattern a bit as I sewed. I trimmed the width of the sweater a bit as well as the sleeves. I adjusted the shoulders so that they were regular rather than dropped as, despite loving how it looked on the model in the magazine, was shocked how awful this feature looked on me! I lengthened the sweater to make it into a tunic by adding a band to the bottom. I had planned to lengthen it by simply extending the front and back panels but then, at some point during the sewing process, I trimmed the length off again, forgetting to allow for the hem allowance! I like the bulk that the band provides at the bottom but I don’t like how it meets the rest of the sweater and looks kind of rippled. I bought trim to cover this part but didn’t like how this looked either. I’ll just have to wear it until I can think of an idea to cover this up or fix it!
A mixed knit that was labelled merino but spelled wrong…mherino or merhino, something like that (not sure what this is supposed to mean!)…It clearly isn’t merino but it’s cozy nonetheless.