Thursday 24 December 2015

Burda/Plantain for the holidays!

Hi all! I'm typing this post with sticky fingers as I'm in between making vanilla fudge, baking almond  cookies and making ice cream. You know, the type of job you don't want to do while wearing your new Christmas dress. Last week I finally finished a sweater I cut out last winter, right in time to wear it while cutting holly and other evergreens from the garden, decorating the tree and, well, baking and more baking. 

It started out as a Burda magazine pattern which turned out too short and boxy, so I only used the shoulder and neckline section of that pattern (can't remember what issue it was in, around 2003 I think) and used my tried and tested Deer & Doe Plantain from the bust down.

My earlier Plantains all had a scooped neckline and I'm quite happy with the v-neck for a change. I used a light weight wool knit fabric, bought some time ago because I both liked the colour combo and the houndstooth print. Instead of the neckband I cut a facing, the hems were serged, fold over once to reduce bulk and then hand stitched.

It was getting dark during my photoshoot and I finally managed to get a picture of the back.......

......After several failed attempts to be in the right position in time ;)


The upside of last year's disaster, when I failed to finish my Christmas dress in time, is this year's dress has been ready since January. So relaxed!
Today I'm turning the sewing room into a guest room, carefully removing all pins and seam rippers from the floor. I'm ready to party and spend quality time with my loved ones.

Wishing you all a wonderful time!

Merry Christmas!


  1. What a great sweater! I keep thinking about Tim Gunn's quote "make it work!". I think a festive top for all the running around and baking at this time of year is a great idea. All the best for the holidays!

  2. This is a lovely sweater. Love the idea of using a facing on the neckline. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

  3. Merry christmas! Lovely sweater, love it when the plantain comes to the rescue :)

  4. Merry Christmas!I love your sweater and the pretty colours of the houndstooth fabric. A nice change from black and white.

  5. Season's Greetings. This top looks lovely on you - the colours suit you perfectly.