Happy New Year!

As we are in the middle of winter and with the days being cold, I fancied making a sweater top this month for Minerva. Although, at first, I did not like the sleeves as they are a bit to full at the bottom, after seeing a few lovely version on social media, I decided to give this pattern a chance.  I AM Zebre, is a simple sweater pattern with a little design detail that makes it cute.

I felt that if I pick a fabric is a little less stiff and not to bulky the sleeves will be ok,  therefore I chose the red wine melange jersey knit fabric

As I used quite a few patterns from I AM Patterns before, I knew that with this top the only adjustment I’d need to make to the pattern would be to shorten the sleeves, so I cut a size 40 and shortened the sleeves by 5 cm.

My preferred construction method for working with knits is to use my overlocker/serger as much as I can. This simple pattern was no different, which meant that in no time the sweater was ready.  I did use my sewing machine around the bands to make sure the seams lay flat. Don’t like it when the fabric sticks out as the fabric does not lay flat, it also ruins the look of the garment for me. I always take the time to add little details like this into my garments.

I am glad that I chose a fabric with some drape for the sleeves, but feel that the cuffs and the bands need more structure and a stiffer/rib knit fabric would make a better look.

I have already decided that I’ll make a few of these sweaters, got to have a few during the winter anyway. Although, the melange knit fabric I used is light enough for spring/autumn.

In my project I used some red Prym press snaps for the left shoulder. However, they are not really needed if the fabric used has enough stretch. I don’t have to unfasten/fasten them to put the sweater on or take it off. They can be purely decorative or not on at all. Also, they used as a decorative element only, they can be replaced by buttons.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern:  I AM Zebre – is a sweatshirt with butterfly sleeves. It has long cuffs that help create the volume at the bottom of the sleeves. Also, it has 3 snap fasteners on the left shoulder to open and close.

Sizing:  French 36-46 (the patterns are designed for a person who is 1.65m or 5ft5)

Fabric:   2 m wine red melange jersey knit fabric

Notions:  3 red snap fasteners

Modifications:  I cut size 40 based on my body measurements and shortened the sleeve by 5 cm

Instructions: they are quite basic. However, the patters is very simple and the instructions are helpful for beginners.

Fit: ok

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  yes

Watch out for:   n/a

Make Again?: Yes. I want to make are least one more version of this sweater. I fancy using some rib knitted fabric for the sleeve cuffs in a contrasting colour.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @Minervadotcom and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick