I'm, basically, a tunic-and-leggings kind of gal. It's what I wear about 90% of the time. Often with some sort of sweater thrown over the top. So when I first heard about the Knit & Sew Uniform book (published by Madder), I got myself on the pre-order list right away!
A variations-on-a-theme book of patterns for tunics (the "sew" part of the Uniform) and cardigans (the "knit" part of the Uniform), the whole concept is really perfect for me.
I whipped up a tunic for myself over the weekend.
I opted for the tunic version with pockets, no sleeves, and the rounded neckline.
I pretty much love it. (Although I have a few issues with the placement of the darts. And from what I see from photos of other finished Uniform tunics, this is pretty typical. They're just . . . too high.)
The size options are good. The directions are very clear. The sewing is straightforward.
I gave myself contrasting pocket linings. Mostly because I like pops of color -- and a "surprise inside." But also because I wanted to cut down on the bulk of fabric over my middle section (ahem). (Because who wants four layers of heavy-ish linen over their middle section?) So I used a lightweight cotton print for the pocket linings.
I also used the cotton for the armhole bias facings. Again, pop of color. AND it really cut down on the bulk around the armholes.
I'll probably make another tunic, as I really want to try the split-hem variation. But I'm going to have to think about those darts for awhile first. (It's such a pain to move darts.)
One thing is certain -- don't expect to see a completed knit Uniform cardigan around here anytime soon. Someday, sure. But not this summer.
(Sewing. So much faster than knitting. . . )