I used to be adamant that I couldn’t wear pink, but I think I’ve finally found a shade that works for me. This antique rose Jersey Fabric is a beautiful colour and made from organic cotton. It’s the most comfy top I’ve ever made and I can see myself wearing this a lot as we move into early autumn.
The pattern is ‘Apollon’ from IAM, a brand I’ve never used before, and it’s a little different to the usual tissue patterns from The Big Four (Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls and Vogue). First off, the pattern pieces are all printed onto a single sheet of paper and they overlap, so there is no way to actually use the pieces as they are, instead you have to trace them off. So you will need some pattern paper and a bit of extra time. This seems a little odd, and there is no mention of it on the back of the pattern so it’s just luck that I had some pattern paper to hand, but if you’ve ever used magazine patterns before I think they usually require tracing like this too.
The pattern calls for a ribbed waistband, cuffs and neckband, but I decided instead to use the main fabric for a consistent look. I forgot to add extra yardage so it was a tight call, but I did have enough fabric, just!
I wanted to experiment with the shoulder detail on this garment and had intended to add more structure, but because of the relaxed, oversized style, I had to change my idea and go with a slouchy look. I added the cream piping around the arm holes and I think it works well for some extra interest. I attached the piping with a zipper foot but you can buy a dedicated piping foot for most machines.
I added one of my labels to the waistband for an extra sporty detail, and I like how the colour ties in with the piping.
It was a speedy make (after the pattern tracing was done)—I sewed all of the seams on the overlocker, but remember if you’re using a regular sewing machine you’ll need ballpoint needles when working with jersey.
The weight of the fabric is somewhere between light and medium—it’s not a heavy sweater fabric, more like a thick t-shirting. I can’t get over how soft it is against my skin and it does feel good to be using organic materials.
I will probably use this pattern again soon but will play around with the pieces first to change up the style. I like the idea of bringing the shoulders up for a more fitted jumper.
I’m weirdly happy to have a pink garment in my wardrobe, at last! It goes really well with the black jeans from last month’s make and, if you want a quick sew, this garment could easily be knocked up in an afternoon.
Until next time, happy sewing everyone!
Duncan