Test: Maggi sweater

I’m getting back into yoga again after giving it a break the last couple of years. Literally sitting so much at home has made me stiffer, particularly my back and neck. Comfortable clothes are necessary when doing yoga, and my latest upgrade is this Melilot Maggi sweater. This was sewn as part of my November loungewear theme, too.

Maggi is an uncomplicated sweater with raglan sleeves. It’s a very quick make, I think I finished it in an hour or so. The fit is relaxed, but not oversized, and I actually sized up to make sure I had enough ease.

I finished it entirely on the overlocker, but you can of course use a regular sewing machine. If you like, you can add some twin needle topstitching or cover-stitching along the edges of the cuffs, neck- and hem bands, but I prefer it as plain as possible. However, one of my pet peeves with my me-made knits is the rather ugly seam visible in the neckline. I like the look of ready-to-wear t-shirts and knits with a strip of fabric covering the neckline seam on the inside, so I decided to add a strip of bias band there as a nice detail.

I realized I forgot to take any photos from the back, but I can assure you it looks fine there, too! The bias tape is woven cotton, but a strip of single jersey is a good alternative.

Maggi is a simple project suitable for beginners, it is unisex and comes in sizes 32-56. It has two sleeve lengths. I made the sleeves a little shorter which I shouldn’t have. They are *just* long enough, and for yoga, I prefer them longer, but they are still wearable. The length is shortened too. Maggi can easily be tweaked – crop it, lengthen it into a dress, short sleeves, color blocking, no hem bands, no cuffs etc etc. I like how the raglan lines sit on my shoulder, just right.

The fabric is a lovely french terry in 100% cotton. I have never made anything in french terry before, and I really like how easy it is to work with. This is a great fabric choice for this pattern, but you could easily use about anything: Single jersey, college sweat, interlock, rib, anything knitted.

Melilot patterns is a Norwegian brand and I’m part of their tester group. I received this pattern for free to test it before it was released last year, but I never got around to it before now – sorry, Mari! I think the finished pattern is very similar to my version. I have no suggestions for improvement, the fit is very good and the instructions very thorough and helpful. I highly recommend checking out Melilot patterns if you haven’t already, their patterns are a mix of classic and retro with a current twist, and the instructions are in English and Norwegian.

Pattern: Maggi
Size: 42 (one up, based on the garment’s measurements)
Fabric: 1.2 meters of french terry plus 25 cm black ribbing from Rainbow Fashion, Oslo

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