As a fan of Paprika Patterns (love my Jasper Sweater and Jade skirt), I was rather pleased to be given the chance to review their brand new Zircon Sweater/dress pattern, which was released yesterday.
A light jumper for cool, summer evenings is just what I needed, so I chose the sweater option.
This is a simple, raglan sleeved pattern with pizzazz added in the form of an attractive, geometric yoke and hem insets. The result is unique and sleekly stylish. I love the clean lines of the insets, which look complicated, but are actually a breeze to sew if you follow Lisa's clear instructions. I was running a bit late with this review, what with all the Christmas parties and end-of-year concerts on at the moment, but this went together in a couple of hours.
I decided to use some sturdy, cotton, knit fabric in pale, denimy blue, for the main pattern pieces and some leftover navy, stretch denim for the yoke and hem contrast pieces. I used the knit for the neckline.
I made a size 4 according to my measurements and the size chart. The fit feels just right. I like the hem length and the sleeve length, although the sleeves are just short of full-length on me (above). I think this was intended in the design, but it could be due to my monkey arms. Either way, the sleeve hem is just right for staying in place when pushed up, which is how I will mostly wear them. This pattern is available in a wide size range and can be printed with other sizes or on its own, which is a great feature.
The inset pieces were stitched with a straight stitch and the rest with an overlocker. I found it easiest to sew the insets without pins, but do follow the instructions for a neat finish. The hems are coverstitched. In addition to the printed instructions for this pattern, which I found to be perfectly adequate, Lisa has provided excellent tutorials on her blog. These would be super-helpful for a beginner or visual learner.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this pattern. I expected to like it, but not as much as I actually did when I finished making it. I can see myself wearing this a lot.
Lisa has a 20% discount on the pattern and on perfect Zircon fabrics at thesweetmercerie.com for a short time. Get in quick!