I can’t quite believe it took three weeks for me to start my first dressmaking project of 2021! Don’t panic – I haven’t lost my sewjo – I’ve just been very busy making my dream quilt top, testing a pattern, learning to FMQ (free motion quilt) and making a very special birthday present. Patsy and I planned to buddy sew the Roxy jumper by Sew Over It as soon as I added it to my ‘Make Nine’ and we set our sewing date for Saturday.
A cropped sweater is such a useful garment to wear with jeans, layer over dresses and pair with cute skirts. I didn’t have much success with the Seamwork Astoria sweater, so I bought the Roxy pattern to try and fill this gap in my wardrobe. I love the simplicity and wearability of versions 1 and 2 and the fabulous sleeves of version 3, so I’m sure this will be a pattern I make more than once.
I was lucky enough to get a Guthrie & Ghani voucher for Christmas and I snapped up some jersey fabrics I had had my eye on the very same day, making good use of their 20% festive discount! This looped back jersey is even more gorgeous than I thought it would be – it’s so soft and drapes beautifully – perfect for Roxy! I thought a solid colour would show off the pattern details well and give maximum wardrobe versatility.
I decided to make a straight size 10 for my Roxy – I usually make a size 10 in Sew Over It patterns and this looked to be a good match with my measurements. I’m really pleased with the fit, although depending on what I planned to wear future versions with I may lengthen the bodice by an inch or so, as it is quite cropped. Construction was a breeze and I made the entire garment on my overlocker in about 3 hours. The only minor problem I encountered was with the shoulder gathers – they looked so perfect when I basted them on my normal machine, but when I overlocked the seam it squashed the gathers and made them less neat and attractive. In future I wouldn’t overlock this seam to keep the gathers looking their best.
I really love my finished Roxy and I’ve already had fun trying it on with lots of different things in my wardrobe. Doesn’t it look amazing with my Sew Over It Ava skirt? That fabric pairing is a match made in heaven! I’m pleased I’ve ticked off my first ‘Make Nine’ project for 2021 before the end of January and it was lovely to spend a few hours sewing with Patsy at the weekend. Next up on my sewing table is another Sew Over It Edie top (I think that will be my fifth version?!) in another one of the jerseys I bought from Guthrie and Ghani with my voucher. I hope you’re all enjoying your 2021 sewing projects as much as I am and I’d love to know what you’re making at the moment – let me know in the comments!