So, this is my Breton top – with a spot of variation. I love Sew U Home Stretch! The book has you take basic blocks and just adapt them. The neckline became square, the main sections were lengthened and slightly flared, sleeves became adjusted to elbow length. Trace it all out on your fabric – bish, bash, bosh. Done! These adjustments take five minutes. All you need to do is pick out a fabric to work with.
This is some jersey I bought four months ago in Paris for a few Euros. I’m really glad to see it being used, as it took up a lot of room in my stash. And, look! A successful make with a knit fabric. Get me!
I LOVE the square neckline – I think it’s really flattering to my face shape. I don’t wear small necklines well. The pattern has pockets, though you’d struggle to spot them with this print…
One amusing side note. This pattern is listed in the book as a mini dress – and I didn’t shorten it as much as the instructions called for! Well, if I was sixteen years old and out on the lash with my mates, I might consider wearing this as a mini dress – but I’m not and I shan’t.
I would love to see this in a ponti knit with contrast patch pockets – how Sixties would that vibe be?
A couple of notes for other users. Both times I have ended up seriously taking the sleeves in – by about three inches at each seam. If you’re going to attempt this square neckline and you’re using a solid colour, you’ll really want to be sure of your work. It’s ickle bit tricky. And if I had my time again, I might bring the neckline in a tiny bit – but not too much. I do like the space it gives my visage.
I’m gonna say it. Sew U Home Stretch has been worth every penny so far.