This was a case of the fabric definitely dictating the pattern. I was travelling in Spain this fall, and we serendipitously came across a great flea market in Barcelona. For someone from North America, these European markets are a thing to behold! There were old things, new things, high-end faucets and junk from people's old sheds (so it seemed). And there was fabric! At least a dozen different stalls, plus some that specialized in haberdashery. The prices were excellent, and the selection was pretty great. Lots of novelty print and not a lot of finer fabrics, but some really fun stuff. This paisley print is almost a sweatshirt type knit, but with a twill weave appearance. At 3 Euro a metre, I was in!
So, the pattern is described as a "master piece of pattern engineering", and it is most definitely something that I could not have drafted myself. The front pieces form what is a sort of shawl collar around the back of the neck, and the back is two pieces that curve around to the front. There is a seam in the centre back of the lower back panel, but I cut that piece on the fold to preserve the continuity in the print. The hem is finished with a deep band that disguises tiny tiny pockets. I made mine as deep as the band, and they are just big enough for my phone. I was inspired by Carrie, who made a grey Violet, and has lots of nice clear pictures on her blog for you to check out.
Here's a slightly out of focus shot of the way the armholes are finished, with a neat band ending in a lovely angle. I used my serger for the bulk of this project, but I did baste those bands on with my regular machine first to get that angle sitting precisely.
And bonus, there was enough fabric left for a scarf! It's just a tube that I managed to sew together incorrectly three times before getting it right, but I'm happy with how it turned out, and it means I can admire this fabric with loads of other outfits, too.
Happy New Year!!