This Polartec Sweater Knit stuff is really nice. I picked it up from Mill Yardage a few months ago during a massive clearance they were having (I paid $3/yd for this and loads of other stuff!) Unfortunately they don't have anymore of this style but this Polartec 300 Sweater Knit/Velour they currently have in stock is likely the same stuff, just in a solid. My print is called "Rayos Rojos" if you ever come across any elsewhere... likely not since Mill Yardage is the official distributor for Polartec (formerly Malden Mills) if you want yardage (as opposed to bolts of stuff.) I highly recommend you check them out if you're looking for cold weather activewear materials or fabrics suited for outdoor activities... or if you freeze all winter long and need loads of clothes on even if your indoors like I do. (This store is the same place I scored that merino powerdry fabric for the same price.)
I used my TNT Burda 6990 pattern, a basic raglan sleeved top-- I chose this pattern as one of my top five patterns of all of 2014, it's that great. What can I say about it... it sews up in less then 45 minutes at a very leisurely pace and it's a versatile, very wearable pattern. I made a size 42 and graded to a 46 hip.
I am so annoyed with my arm/bodice stripe line up. It's not lined up. I marked it to line up before cutting. I have always sucked at getting my lines to line up on raglans so I avoid it. But the top most striped match on the upper back bodice/sleeve area. So there's that. The sides of the bodice line up perfectly, so there's that, too. I'm a winner still!
Now why was this killer knit fabric so economical?! This one has a slight flaw that I didn't even notice until I compared it to the burgundy version of this from the same order-- the burgundy lacks this flaw. Right below every other dark red stripe the weaving of the fabric seems to skip a stitch. You can see it up close in the 'right side' picture. It makes not difference in sewing or overall quality and actually looks like part of the design of the material.
I slapped this bad boy together while my husband was putting our little guy to sleep on New Year's Eve, it was that easy and fast. Then I had a glass of fizzy wine and a load of homemade chex mix. I love the feel of this sweater, I'm wearing it right now and am all toasty and warm. Happy New Year everyone!