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A gathered merino wool sweater

27 February 2013, 14:41

I’m not actually doing the Burda Challenge again this year, but I keep seeing so many great patterns in each issue that I want to sew – like this quick, gathered raglan merino wool sweater from the February BurdaStyle magazine (or to purchase as a pdf download here). And I am powerless to resist.

I bought this plum merino wool jersey on etsy along with some brown as well – the purple is sold out but there’s some brown merino wool jersey left and it’s luscious and so soft – nice and thing for layering but so warm, too. Amazing stuff! So cheap, too – 5m for £30 is an absolutely steal. I often see Antipodean sewists going on about how lovely merino wool is to sew, but it’s something I’ve never, ever seen for sale in Europe so I jumped on this when I saw it!

(Worn in these photos with the jeans I made in November)

This pattern really is fantastic – I love the fit of it, and it’s quickly become one of those tops I reach for every morning! It’s got a nice amount of fabric in the gathers (there’s nothing worse than “skimpy gathering” on a pattern!) and everything matched up nicely. Some other reviews said the sleeves were overly long and the neck was overly low, but both were fine for me.

It’s also really easy and extremely quick to sew – it literally took me less than an hour to construct this!

I chose not to bind the neckline like Burda’s fiddly instructions but instead folded the strip in half, serged it onto the neckline, then topstitched near the fold to keep it standing upright

Next time I’d either use vilene bias tape on the neckline to stabilise it and/or cut the band a little shorter to pull it in, but it’s fine to wear as is, and the merino makes it so nice and warm without being bulky. There’s a short sleeved version of this in the magazine, too, and I can totally see myself making a few more in viscose-lycra jersey as an alternative to a basic teeshirt.

One word of caution – if you use the cutting line for the long sleeve version of this top, it’s really long in the body – much more like a tunic than a top! I chopped off about 13cm from my hem to make it more top-length.

This is such a fantastic pattern – it’d been very popular already and I can see why! I could easily have ten of these in my wardrobe and not get bored. A great pattern combined with this gorgeous, luxe, and ridiculously soft fabric means I really want to wear this every single day! (But that’d be bad, right?)

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  1. Very nice top, beautiful color!

    Andrea    Feb 27, 03:04 PM    #
  2. I traced it too! I like raglan and gathering!%)) Will sew it after returning from my trip.

    Sveta    Feb 27, 03:47 PM    #
  3. I love it! I’ve been dying for some merino wool too!

    kristonlion    Feb 27, 04:05 PM    #
  4. Good fabric find! The amount of gathers does look good – I’m in agreement about gathers that are barely there – they’re just annoying. Your shirt looks fab!

    Dalila    Feb 27, 04:09 PM    #
  5. It is a great pattern – I’ve only sewn three versions so far . . .

    Kemish    Feb 27, 04:28 PM    #
  6. Love your fabric choice! I agree, this is such a solid pattern. I don’t know why I’ve made only two so far.

    Kathy    Feb 27, 05:05 PM    #
  7. Thanks for the review. This top is next on my list. First, I’m planning on making the long-sleeve version for chilly spring running. If it goes well I also predict several short sleeve versions.

    — Jen    Feb 27, 05:41 PM    #
  8. I love this! it’s very flattering on you. i have this cut out in black jersey from tissu. You make me want to get a move on!

    Karin    Feb 27, 05:43 PM    #
  9. Oh! And I love the color of the merino that you chose!

    — Jen    Feb 27, 05:44 PM    #
  10. I love it. I am putting this on my to sew list.

    — Nancy K    Feb 27, 05:51 PM    #
  11. Georgeous! I was eyeing up that pattern and you have convinced me to make it. I just wish that plum wasn’t sold out – lovely colour.

    Alison    Feb 27, 08:25 PM    #
  12. This colour looks just gorgeous on you!

    Katherine Howison    Feb 27, 09:26 PM    #
  13. Lovely top! Think I might have to try that pattern. And yes, here in Aus and in NZ we love our merino wool. I’m surprised it isn’t yet popular in the nth hemisphere given that it would suit your climate so well.

    Jo    Feb 28, 07:51 AM    #
  14. Lovely color and pattern. If you like Italian wool you should visit Piemonte near Borgosesia…there are still some places where you can buy wool…was there recently. January sales are great

    sewing princess    Feb 28, 09:31 AM    #
  15. I so love the sleeves on this sweater. It’s such a great style.

    velogiant    Feb 28, 09:44 AM    #
  16. Hi, You purchased this fabric from me. So lovely to see a finish garment. Another Etsy person gave me the link. Thank you. Kim

    — Kim    Feb 28, 01:14 PM    #
  17. I just made a tshirt version of this pattern, I agree it is a winner! Love your sweater, the fabric sounds divine and the colour is gorgeous too.

    allisonC    Mar 2, 10:36 AM    #
  18. Love this top. So cute!

    Elizabeth    Mar 2, 04:44 PM    #
  19. I’ve just added this pattern to my winter sewing list. Love your colour choice.

    Gail    Mar 2, 08:57 PM    #
  20. This looks great! I agree about the body length, I added ruching to shorten mine.

    KirtleB    Mar 3, 05:35 PM    #
  21. This looks lovely! I bought the feb issue specially for this top but have yet to make it (am making my sister’s wedding dress and my bridesmaid/matron of honour dress – slightly higher priority!) I have several pieces of suitable jersey I just need to choose one!

    Tamsin William-Powlett    Mar 6, 09:50 AM    #
  22. Gorgeous! I got this Burda mostly for this pattern. Yours turned out fantastic and I agree this is a great colour on you!

    Isabelle    Mar 14, 03:13 PM    #
  23. I love this top, and after seeing your lovely version, I love it even more. Really nice colour on you.

    elle C    Mar 17, 12:16 PM    #

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