The Rowan pattern from Megan Nielsen was released a few weeks ago and after seeing it on The Foldline, I knew it had to be added to the sewing list.
Firstly, I have to say Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top has always been my go to pattern for jersey tops but this pattern comes with endless options, either as a bodysuit or t shirt with numerous necklines and sleeve lengths. I should imagine the pattern could also be hacked, in the same way Agnes can, into a dress. So as a pattern, it’s great value.
I know you can get basic t shirts relatively cheap in ready to wear but frankly, where’s the fun in that!
Having already lived through bodysuit fashion of the nineties, I was a little apprehensive but thankfully this pattern does not come with the horrendous high rise of that era.
I have already made 3 bodysuits; one turtleneck long sleeve version and 2 short sleeve v neck versions. This was my first attempt at a v neck and the result is not too shabby, all credit to the excellent instructions.
Two fabrics came from Sew Over It and the third from Myfabrics. I felt that pink blush version is a little lightweight for this pattern and so I think I’ll stick to more medium weight jerseys for future makes, of which I know they’ll be many.
The bodysuit is great to wear with high waisted skirts and trousers. It’s a quick and easy make, that takes very little fabric, I think I managed to make these at just over a metre of fabric. Size wise, the pattern is true to my measurements and I found the v neck to be the perfect depth. The turtle neck is a good neat height but definitely needs a more robust knit than this lightweight jersey.