I love the idea of this pattern, but I can’t quite get it working for me.
My first one was a bit tight across the chest and the arms, and this one (a large rather than a medium) is just a bit, well, meh. It’s not sweatshirty enough for slobbing around or smart enough for going out.
I used the leftover fabric from the first to try this second version and I had just enough to squeeze out the 3/4 length sleeved version.
Fit-wise, this one is much looser overall, but I’m now getting that tell-tale extra fabric just above the armpits (front and back) that reveals it’s too large at the upper bust.
It’s a bit big in the back and it doesn’t really nip in at the waist.
Plus the 3/4 length sleeves have come out more like 5/8, even though I added the same amount of length to these as I added to the full-length ones before – and those were way too long. (Why? Do I have oddly long upper arms and weirdly short forearms?!)
I’ve learnt some useful things: I do need an FBA, even in a C-cup pattern line like Colette/Seamwork. I should go back to the size M and add the extra room at the bust and on the arms. And I think it would be less meh –and more me – in a sweater knit or a ponte knit – I’m thinking a marled grey or a berry colour?
What do you think?
Can you recommend a great tutorial for an FBA on knits, and what’s the best EU-based online shop for sweater knits?