Kimberly Payne is the face behind a relatively new pattern line, Straight Stitch Designs. This is her second pattern, the Ballard, a knit 3/4 or long sleeve tunic with a cute twist in the back: it's got a split! I am on the fluffy side and I LOVE how it came out (with no alterations!) I am not exactly sure what kind of knit I made this version of the Ballard with (i'm relatively new to the different kinds of knits) but it feels like t-shirt material. The print reminds me of an ugly Christmas sweater, so I really like it.
The Ballard was a SUPER quick sew! What took the longest was probably taping the pattern together. It consists of six pattern pieces and you don't even need a serger to get this sewn up so quickly!
The size range runs from size 0 to 18 (which covers a bust size from 32 to 44.5"). As I previously mentioned, I cut the size 18 and it fit great straight from the pattern.
There are seven pages of instructions with easy to follow technical illustrations and 23 pages of the actual pattern. Currently the Ballard is being sold exclusively by Indiesew, so head on over there to pick up this great, versatile pattern! It is great for this weather and the suggested fabrics are
- French Terry
- Knit (Sweater)
- Ponte de Roma