One of the best things about the internet (after late night shoe shopping) is getting to know sewists from all over the world. The second best thing about the internet is easy access to PDF sewing patterns from all over the world. Annika from Nah-Connection has been sewing beautiful international design for a while. Last year she started offering German translation of English patterns to German sewists. This week she's flipped that scenario and is now translating German patterns for English sewists! I'm so excited about this concept. I've sewn foreign language patterns before, but the process of deciphering a language I don't know is time consuming, and Google translate only gets you so far.
To celebrate the new Nah-Connection English patterns, I made L a Bethioua Top designed by Elle Puls from the Nah-Connection shop.Bethioua is a fresh variation on the standard knit raglan t-shirt. The front is a traditional raglan, but in the back the sleeve pieces meet at a center seam. It's such a simple thing, but it it creates just enough interest that I'm in love. The pattern is unisex and includes 3 sleeve options and 3 hem options. The pattern layout and instructions are very complete and professional.
The body of the tee is made with a very drapey sweater knit from discount warehouse Jomar fabrics in South Philly. The sleeves were cut out of an old men's t-shirt. I went with the high low hem, and no sleeve cuffs for my version. My only alteration was to add 2" to the back body then gather it at the back center to take extra advantage of the lovely drape of this fabric.
I love the versatility of this design. It works for boys or girls, can be a heavy sweatshirt or a short sleeve tee. The back detail really lends itself to stripes so you get a great V at the back seam.
Annika is offering some great discounts on English patterns. Stop by Nah-Connection Pattern Shop to check it out!