I know, I know...another post another pattern tested. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it! On a more serious note though, I honestly can't rave enough about the Bonnie Knit Top from Bluegingerdoll Patterns!!!
During the colder months, my daily uniform consists of jersey skater dresses or jeans, with a cropped jumper that sits above my muffin tops! That's the shape I'm most comfortable in and the one I think suits me best. But finding RTW cropped jumpers is not easy, so for me, this pattern is quite literally the solution to my wardrobe woes! Don't worry if you're not into cropped lengths though, because Bonnie's a versatile lass!
Minor changes may have been made to the pattern and instructions since I tested it, but you guys, it's a total winner in my book, and not just because of its vintage vibe! It has three super cute variations that can be mixed and matched, few pattern pieces and takes minimal time to sew up on a regular sewing machine, and even less using an overlocker. The instructions are really clear and easy to follow, with plenty of top tips for sewing with knits.
The only change I made for my version was to half the width of the waistband and stitch it on using a 1.5cm seam allowance, instead of the recommended 1cm. This is due to my very personal muffin-top issues and wanting to avoid unnecessary bulk.
Can we talk about my amazing fabric now please? Isn't is AH-MAZING?!? It's a soft and snug knit (perfect for jumpers) in a gorgeous charcoal colour with vibrant little floral clusters. It was just £4 p/m from Leicester Market and my only regret is that I didn't buy 10 metres!
Ok, back to Bonnie! Aside from my beloved cropped feature, I also adore the gently gathered sleeve-heads. It's a sweet detail which provides just enough volume without being over the top.
I don't think I've ever been this excited about a 'cake' pattern before, but it's definitely got the potential to become winter frosting. I'm thinking metallic knits, sequins...the lot! I've already planned a Bonnie production line with snug knits from my stash and I'm just dying to try View A next!
What's your go-to cake pattern? Are you tempted by Bonnie?