Some weeks ago I was asked by Nina from Nina Lee Patterns to help her test the latest pattern she released, the Southbank Sweater. This is a sweater dress and top with 3 versions, perfect for autumn/winter. Also, this collaboration came right on time as I was thinking of making a few turtlenecked tops for myself to keep me warm this winter.
So, I armed myself with my paper cutter, printed pattern, cello tape and my notebook. Layered PDFs these days are such a good idea. You can only print the size/sizes you need and no longer have to struggle to identify your size among others. Also, Nina gives you the pages you need to print depending on the version you want to make. No more wasted paper.
I used a jersey I already had in my stash from the now famous Abakhan Fabrics store.
I wanted to make version 2. After checking the sizing I decided to make a size 10, which is the closest size to my body measurements. I did not lengthen/shorten the bodice. However, I did shorten the sleeves by 2 cm so they do not end up too long for me.
The top in itself is a very simple make. I used both my overlocker and my sewing machine to construct it. It took me about 1 – 2 hours from cutting fabric to wearing my top. I find, on knits, using the overlocker to stitch the seams makes the process much quicker. And since getting my BabyLock this is even faster.
The instructions are easy to follow and include the right amount of written instructions as well as diagrams for those, who like me prefer more visual descriptions.
As this was the first time I actually made a Nina Lee pattern, I am really happy with the fit, which is right for this top for me.
I am sure a few more versions of this pattern will make it into my wardrobe soon to keep me warm. Time to raid my knits stash. Also, after seeing Nina’s version, I want to make the dress as well. I feel this pattern is on its way to becoming one of my TNT patterns.