Sometimes, you just need a quick & cosy make that you can repeat with different fabrics for a change of look.  I chose a pattern from an independent pattern company, Sew House Seven Sewing Patterns, the Tabor V Neck Top.

This is my first time using a Sew House Seven Sewing Pattern and, on first inspection, I was really impressed with the pattern and just the simple touches that make it very user friendly, such as a folded envelope that allows the pattern pieces to be stored again easily after use.  There is also a nice instruction booklet, rather than open sheets, which is so much easier to use and keep track of where you are.  There are good instructions for choosing the right fabric and the size charts are more realistic, being similar to off the peg clothes.

For the fabric a chose a blue waffle textured knit and although described as navy blue, in my opinion, is more of a lovely marl blue.

I pre-washed the fabric and although I’m not convinced this step is necessary for all fabrics, I didn’t want to risk this fabric shrinking on its first wash and at least it smells nice & is really soft to work with.   It didn’t need ironing so that’s a bonus for the finished item, I just dried it flat on an airer.  I found it a bit difficult to judge the right versus wrong side and this is best assessed in natural light.

I opted for style 4, the V neck sweater, and the pattern cutting layout is really clear with only 4 pattern pieces required.  I graded from a 14 bust to 16 hips & added my usual back of the neck adjustment by taking in about 1cm in the centre back neck & facing.

As with all knit garments it is sensible to stay stitch and add interfacing, such as this stretch interfacing, that is recommended in the instructions & it worked well at the V and shoulder seams. 

The instructions and tips for stitching the V neck result in a perfect V and I’m really pleased with the result.

The side vent and lower hem use a simple technique to mitre the corners and if you’ve not used this technique before the pattern gives easy, straightforward instructions.

When hemming the sleeves, I turned them to the right side but stitched from wrong side because the sleeve was too narrow to fit around the sleeve plate for stitching.

I like the dropped shoulder & ease of fitting the sleeves & overall it is an easy make with a very effective finish. On this occasion, I wanted a relaxed fit that can be layered over long sleeved tops, but I could probably go down one size, grading from 12 to 14, or a straight 14, as the back fit is a little loose. 

Although I knitted jumpers many years ago, I’ve never actually sewn one using knit fabric and I’m so pleased with this sweater that I am already cutting out my next one.

Waffle fabric is really soft & not too stretchy, so it keeps its shape while stitching, although it’s important to ensure your fabric scissors are really sharp for cutting this fabric.  It is ideal for tops and cardigans and Minerva stock a variety of lovely colours.

The Tabor V Neck Sweater is a relatively quick garment to make & I can envisage it being one of my go-to patterns in the future.  I keep saying I should master the overlocker that I inherited from my mom, as this would make it super quick to make, especially as I now know the sizing of this pattern, but I am so used to finishing with a zigzag stitch that I default to this method every time.

This little furry thing is the reason I need comfy clothes to layer under raincoats and you certainly realise how wet and cold it has been of late.  I wore my sweater for the first time on a holiday to Scotland and it was so comfortable and warm in the bitter Scottish storms.

Thank you to Minerva for the kit and to everyone for reading.

Helen @justsewhelen