I was really excited that I got chosen to test the new design from Sarah at Cali Faye Collection. The ethos behind her designs could be described as feminine, simple, and functional….laced with flattering lines and silhouettes. The Rumi Pullover is no exception.
This pattern is so simple and so flattering. All of the testers looked beautiful in their versions. The front and back bodice pieces are billowy and the wide shoulder slopes fall over your shoulders and are attached to a small form-firting sleeve that hits right above the elbow. The length of the garment hits right at the hip. I have an extra long torso and usually add 2″ to all my garments. I decided to sew this up without the extra 2″ and it still came out to be a perfect length.
Just like the design of the pattern, the construction of the garment is very simple. I think the part that took me the longest was the binding the neckline. (This always take longer than I think it will.) I had this whole pattern assembled, cut, and constructed in a little over an hour. That said, I would recommend sewing a muslin for this pattern. I mean, you don’t really have any excuses with how simple the construction is. Admittedly, I’m not a big muslin maker, but even I made a muslin for this one because it’s so quick. I’m glad that I did because I did end up taking in the neckline by a 1cm around the whole circumference.
The tutorial is clear and concise and she even added a couple different finishing technique for different weight knits. I had no issue with the construction and Sarah’s recommended finishing techniques. The only thing I did differently is that I mitered the corners of the hem.
I sewed two versions: one was with a wool knit (95% wool and 5% Lyrca). I bought it from my local shop, Stitchology. The drape is just perfect for this design.
The second version that I sewed up was a knit that I found at Joann’s. During testing, Sarah recommended that we use textured fabric and I completely agree with that! Because of the simple, large-pieced design I think that adding some interest in the form of texture is a beautiful way to accentuate this top.
I would highly recommend this pattern. I think it is really flattering, really simple, a quick sew, and perfect for the season. Sarah is offering the pattern for 30% off right now. Just use coupon code NEW RELEASE. You can get the pattern for the RUMI PULLOVER HERE!