Winter wardrobe staple
A review of Nina Lee Southbank Sweater and Sweater Dress
I thought it high time I wrote a review of the Southbank, having just completed my third version. I’ve worn one or other of my previous two almost every week this winter, as it’s a design that manages to look quite smart while being super comfy. I first made I one for a weekend city break, as it can be squashed into a cabin bag without creasing and go from day to evening. A complete outfit in one item, plus warm tights, has to be a winner.
The version in the photo is of a stable knit, which holds its shape well. If you’re interested in a fabric that needs stripe matching, I found that by matching the stripes at the front armhole notches, the rest fell perfectly into place. My other versions are in French Terry and a cable knit Ponte Roma. Both worked well. A sweatshirt-type fabric is ideal.
I made a size 10 graded to a 12 at the hip, which is standard for me. I lengthened the body by an inch or so as it’s quite mini. Just a matter of personal preference.
The instructions are very clear and straightforward. I make the whole garment on my overlocker but the instructions cover making it on a sewing machine. The band on the bottom edge and the cuffs means that there’s no hemming to be done. Can be cut out and completed in half a day.