Thursday, January 1, 2015

Burda 6990: Heavyweight Polartec Sweater Knit Top


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! 

11 comments:

  1. So rewarding to have a TNT. Happy sewing in 2015!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, and I want to make 47 more so I never have to do laundry again.

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  2. I love it!!! Great looking sweater, hmmm this is giving me ideas ill look at Mill Yardage see what they have.

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    1. Thank you!! Yeah, I had a really good experience with that online store. I've even called them a couple times with questions and they were exceptionally nice and helpful.

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  3. What a nice sweater looks warm and comfy. Will have to check out Mill Yardage always looking for some good
    fleece to keep warm.

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    1. Thanks! Give them a look, I had a good experience with them and recommend them.

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  4. Isn't there something about jealousy being good in some way? :-p

    This pattern thus far is a wadder for me and every time I see yours I get envious!!!! Great top and the fabric looks so ridiculously comfy!

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    1. That's so funny that you had junk with your versions. I wonder if it's something with the way the bust fits... I'm in the Itty Bitty club for my height and figure... and I think we often cut similar sizes in tops.

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  5. Happy New Year!
    TNTs are awesome! So great to be able to sew something up in a matter of minutes.

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  6. Happy New Year to you too Kathy.

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  7. Your sweater is cuteness :O)...I just bought some sweater type materials. I didn't know if I could even find these here. I know sounds funny but I could not remember seeing this type material. I went last weekend to Joanns and spent 2 hours looking at patterns and for light weight sweater type material. I found three pieces I really liked two patterns. Who knew. :O)

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