Burdastyle high collar striped sweater

April 12, 2016 6 Comments

Burdastyle high collar striped sweater

April 12, 2016 6 Comments

Burdastyle zippered high collar sweater

Burdastyle zippered high collar sweater

As I’ve probably talked about a zillion times before, I’m a sucker for knit patterns that has some kind of innovative design twists (and that includes twist tops!). So when I saw this Burdastyle sweater pattern I was instantly smitten. It was no smooth sailing however. The thing that got me were the collar and zipper application. If you look closely you can see that the corners on Burdastyle’s version has mitered corners at the bottom of the zipper insert. That is a little detail that really elevates the look of the sweater. However after doing a little test run, I realized that there were no way I could achieve such sharp 90 degrees corners on my soft cotton jersey.

Burdastyle zippered high collar sweater

Burdastyle zippered high collar sweater

So instead I opted for a regular centered zipper application. And even so, it was still quite fiddly with the collar pieces and facings, not to mention matching up the stripes! In situations like these I tend to head into a dark place where I feel unsatisfied, especially since I have pretty high aspirations when it comes to finishing. But now after sitting on it for a few days and looking at the photos while writing this blog post – I actually feel pretty darn good about the end result

Burdastyle zippered high collar sweater

Burdastyle zippered high collar sweater

The sweater is definitely oversized. I actually went down one size but especially the sleeves are still pretty big for my liking. Also it should be noted that the pattern is a tall size and I’m a petite so that might be a factor too. I shortened the pattern in three places; at the armscye, above the waist and below the waist.

Burdastyle zippered high collar sweater

As for the fabric, it’s a thicker organic cotton jersey, somewhere between a regular cotton jersey and a sweatshirt fabric. So that was my a summary of my sweater journey. It’s funny to think about but almost every garment I make evokes some challenges and emotions, and this project was no exception!

My review of the pattern

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6 Comments

  • Summer Flies April 13, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I'm a sucker for stripes and I really love this sweatshirt. I don't have the magazine to check those mitred corners but I think you should be pleased with what you've done.

    • Johanna April 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      I had meant to add the a photo of the original Burdastyle sweater, but I schedule my posts in advance and promptly forgot about it. But I will add that photo now so folks can see what I mean (but you have to look closely to see it)

  • KEZBAN BOYLA April 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I love this, I would have bought this if I have seen this in a store.

    • Johanna April 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      That is like the ultimate compliment, even though Burdastyle should have sizable chunk of the honor 🙂

  • Fathima March 3, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Thank you Johanna for sharing the details of your makes. I’m curious about how much did you shorten bodice? And since you shortened the armscye, did you shorten the sleeves’ heads to fit the armscye?

    • Johanna March 5, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      I think I removed at least 5 cm (2 inches) from the bodice folding in it 3 places in total. And yes I had to shorten the sleeves head as well and the trued the sleeve cap (i.e redrafted the curve after the fold).

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