I’m so excited to share my last make of 2017 with you. Not only has it quickly become a firm favourite, but it’s also my contribution to Schnittchen’s Sewing Around the World Blogger tour.
If you haven’t come across the German-based Schnittchen patterns before I’d urge you to have a peek at their patterns – there’s a good range and I can’t lie, it took me quite a long time to decide on my project. If my house wasn’t in such a state (builders, demos, dust, etc) I would have definitely been tempted to make the Silvia coat or maybe even the Tanja dress inspired by Charlie’s beautiful version here.
In the end I choose something completely different. Read on to find out more 😉
I don’t always share the inspiration for my makes on here. Sometimes it’s because my inspiration is a mish-mash of ideas, or sometimes I take inspiration from a gap (or gaps) in my wardrobe. But this time I just couldn’t resist showing you what inspired this make…
Yup, that’s right. Stranger Things. All the way. And I’m not even sorry about it 😉
There’s just something about the 80s-ness of this jumper/sweater that has me obsessed. It’s relaxed but not baggy or shapeless. Perfect lounging wear that can be worn out of the house. The ribbing and the stripes also make it especially special.
In the end, the ease of the Om yoga set really appealed. The set includes leggings, a sleeveless top with an interesting cut, but what cinched it for me was the long sleeved sweater which had interesting, slightly curved raglan sleeves.
I thought it would be the perfect pattern to help me create my own little slice of 80s sweater perfection.
If I’m perfectly honest, it wasn’t until I laid eyes on the fabric from Stoff & Stil that the whole project came together. It was the perfect colour, pattern and weight to create my own 80s sweater of joy. Sadly, I think it’s now sold out, but this or this are pretty similar.
I’ll be honest, if this comes back in stock I’m sorely tempted to get some more. It was a real joy to sew with – and a medium-weight jersey with great drape is worth its weight in gold I reckon.
The lovely people at Stoff & Stil (who kindly provided the fabric for this make on behalf of Schnittchen) also threw in some fantastic maroon ribbing to help me achieve that perfect 80s look.
FIT & Construction
I made a UK 10, basing the size on my standard RTW size and not the recommended size based on my measurements (which would have put me at a 12 or 14). I was looking for something slightly fitted so I figured I would be safe. It was a good call – I’m 100% happy with the fit.
I followed the instructions exactly, the only changes being that I left off the mitered corner (I just straightened the pattern at the corners) and used ribbing to finish off the collar.
A fEW quick tips on using ribbing for a neckband
I’ve been playing around with using bands to finish knits for some time (you can see my first efforts here). I’m starting to get pretty OK at it too. Here are my quick tips for achieving the same effect:
- To measure out the width of the ribbing cut a piece of ribbing or knit double the final width (because you’ll be folding it over) plus 1 inch extra (for 1/2 inch seam allowance).
- My favourite way to work out the ideal length of the neckband is to measure the ribbing or knit against the four points of the neck of the sweater or top so that the ribbing or knit forms straight lines against all four points of the neck (similar to this tutorial here)
- If my ribbing or knit is particularly stretchy, or I want to close the neckband a little more I might pull the ribbing or knit slightly as I measure it out against the four points
I’ve got to say I’m super chuffed with how it all came together.
I haven’t quite decided how to finish off the sleeves and the hem. I tried a similar sized band of ribbing on the cuffs, making it quite small to get a bit of a balloon effect, but that was a total no go. I ended up cutting 2 inches off the length of both sleeves and am going to either go for a simple hem, or to try a chunkier ribbing finish.
I’ll let you know how it goes 😉
Of course I’m super happy with how this came out and I’ve been wearing it constantly ever since. Not only do I love that it’s a secret homage to a cracking TV show. But it’s super easy to wear with a pair of jeans or a simple skirt.
I’ve been definitely upping my separates game lately and I’m really pleased with what I have. I think this particularly makes a cracking addition to my wardrobe and I’m really looking forward to trying this pattern with a few more fabrics. I have some thick terry I bought a while ago that might just be begging to be turned into another raglan sleeved, 80s beauty. 😉
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern and fabric for this was kindly provided by working in collaboration with Schinittchen (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.