My name is Amanda and here I am with my first ever blog post for Lamazi Fabrics and excitingly their first blog post of 2019!
I was so honoured when Liana and James got in touch with me to ask if I would be interested in writing a blog post for them as I think they have an amazingly beautiful range of fabrics which have been expertly curated.
I was even more touched as Liana had previously reached out to me to let me know that I played a small part in her sewing journey and helped with her realisation that it is possible to sew clothes that actually fit. Having learnt this made me all warm and fuzzy as the ultimate goal of my YouTube channel, I Sew A Lot, is to show people that this is totally achievable and if I can do it so can you!!
Anyway onto my make and the gorgeous fabric I used. I had been eyeing the Ali Sweater by the lovely Beth of Sew DIY for some time. I’m not usually a fan of patterns that have a nod towards 80s fashion as I remember it the first time around and I have to say not fondly. However, having seen Beth’s versions I really liked the colour block option and the relaxed fit.
Given the weather here in the UK is pretty chilly and set to become colder over the next few weeks another sweater was definitely in order. I had my eye on this beautiful Delicate Birds Organic French Terry in grey but wanted a contrasting colour for the yoke detail. Liana really helped me to decide as it was extremely difficult to ensure the colours were a good match without seeing them first hand.
When the fabrics arrived I was so pleased with the choice and Liana’s reassurances that they were the perfect contrast were correct. The See You at Six Desert Pink Plain French Terry is such a beautiful colour and a perfect contrast to the grey. Both fabrics are super soft and such lovely quality with the Delicate Birds having a brushed back so amazingly soft against the skin. Both fabrics cut and sewed like an absolute dream.
The pattern has a relatively simple construction and went together really easily. I particularly like the back yoke feature with the top stitching down the centre. I also chose to use the contrasting fabric not only for the yoke but also for the neckband, cuffs and hem band and I am so glad I did as I am really pleased with how it turned out.
As for adjustments the lovely Beth of Sew DIY is a fellow tall sewist so the arms were a perfect length for me. As the sweater is meant to have a cropped style I did add an inch in length to the body pieces. This is a really easy adjustment to make as there are lengthen and shorten lines included on the pattern. I also kept the neckband quite wide as I prefer this. So a big thumbs up for this pattern and fabric combo which was a joy to sew.
Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!