This was originally supposed to be a dress inspired by this one.
The fabric in mind is a stretch knit. The same sort of design hit the shops here half way through the summer and I tried on a few examples to help me envisage the finished dress. All was able to envisage was every lump and bump in my imperfect figure outlined and hi-lighted for the world to see! Horizontal stripes? What was I thinking? I was ready to push this one aside and see if I had got rid of any lumps by spring, until I happened to spot the fabric in my stash next to the remains of a sort of green/teal fabric that I had made a skirt out of. The colours looked quite striking together.
As a separate train of thought I had been watching the pattern reviews for the lace cardigan in March Burda Magazine. I had considered it for one of my patterns for the Curious Kiwi’s recent Burda Sew-a-long, but didn’t have a stretch lace.
Once I let go of the striped dress and considered the fabric for a top to wear with the green/teal skirt, I was ripe for grays08’s review of the pattern in a solid, sort of stripe. Inspired by her finished cardigan, I made one in my striped knit.
I did make a few changes. All the reviews point out that this is a very close fit, so I used white drill (non-stretch) for the button band to avoid gaping across the bust. Obviously this required a little grading and trimming round the curves, but it was not that difficult.
When I gathered according to the instructions I ended up with a sort of lump in the middle at waist level. After some experimentation I also replaced the gathering with small pleats, but only over the top half of the gathered area. This seemed to lie flatter, and produced a nice shape across the bust.
Overall? I like this pattern. I will wear this as a top, rather than a cardigan as it is a snug fit, but it works well as a top. I’m not sure I’d make it in the lace, as suggested in Burda, as that would require a camisole or similar underneath, and I suspect that would make it all a bit lumpy. I will, however, almost certainly make it again.