When the team at Atelier Jupe asked if I would like to choose a fabric ahead of the launch of their new collection I jumped at the chance! I absolutely love their beautiful prints and their fabric is always of the highest quality. There were so many delicious designs, but it was this new substrate that really caught my eye.
The fabric is a knit and made entirely from recycled textile surplus – amazing! It comes in an off-white colour too, but I picked the ocean green as I already have a few neutral knit garments in my wardrobe. I thought it would be perfect for a cosy sweater dress or longline cardigan, so I asked the ladies to send me 1.75m of the 1.5m wide fabric.
Now if you have followed me for a while, you will have probably noticed that I am not much of a pattern repeater. There were several patterns in my collection that would have been ideal to use with this fabric (Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan, Tilly and the Buttons Nora, Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater to name but a few), but I simply cannot resist trying new things!
I spotted a new to me designer recently (Kate’s Sewing Patterns) and fell in love with the sample for the Merilyn Sweater. As soon as my beautiful knit fabric arrived I knew it would make the perfect version! I loved the longer length and dropped shoulder and I thought the relaxed fit would suit the drape of my fabric beautifully. The cowl neck looked super cosy and not having cuffs or a hem band was also better suited to my fabric – meant to be!
I ended up with a fairly free day to sew last week, so I made the most of it by doing something I rarely do – I bought, downloaded, printed and assembled the pattern immediately so I could get going! Between work, yoga and a game of badminton I also managed to cut out my fabric and sew the entire sweater ready to wear to work the next day – so speedy!
The instructions were simple and easy to follow with nice large images to illustrate each step. One thing I did notice which might be tricky for people that need to grade between sizes is that each size has a separate pattern file rather than nested layers – just something to bear in mind if you buy one of Kate’s patterns. I made a straight size 36 and I really like the fit – the only change I made to the entire garment was to stabilise the shoulder seams with a bit of ribbon as my fabric doesn’t have the best recovery and I didn’t want it to stretch out and lose its shape over time.
I have already worn my Merilyn Sweater several times since I finished it and I absolutely adore it. The colour is gorgeous and it is so comfy and cosy to wear – it really was the perfect pattern for my fabric and I have no regrets about not using a pattern I already had in my stash! Huge thank you to Eva and Petra at Atelier Jupe for inviting me to collaborate with them again – do check out the rest of their new fabrics and patterns over on their website and give them a follow on Instagram!