Ondée (pronounced more simply than we had imagined, as just 'on-dee') knit top pattern has interested us for a while.
Here are a few versions from the blog-world that have inspired us:
Five Ondées later.....
I suspected from the start I'd want to lengthen the Ondée, but for the sake of proper pattern reviewing I made a size 42 with no adjustments first. No-one really needs to see a photo of me wearing that, but the waist was short and snug, while the fit across the bust and shoulders was pretty good.
Version two. In a light cream marled Japanese cotton jersey, leftovers in the stash from another project. I had to do a bit of piecing for the waistband but made a useful garment from scraps!
Version three! In a stashed cotton/lycra jersey (from Crafty Mamas).
Version four! With all these adjustments on board, I was ready to dive into some precious Japanese cotton interlock (out of stock but on reorder).
Version five! In my final 'goal' fabric, this awesome organic cotton/spandex by Art Gallery.
How many Ondées does a girl need before her spring wardrobe is complete? The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind....
PATTERN: Deer and Doe Ondée
SIZE: 38/42 mashup
ALTERATIONS: Added waist length and width and minor FBA as described above. NB this is not due to any shortcomings of the pattern, it was just me adjusting for personal taste and fit.
FABRIC: Cotton/lycra, cotton jersey & cotton interlock
CONSTRUCTION: All made on the overlocker but could easily be managed on a regular machine with a ballpoint needle and zigzag/stretch stitch. Arm and waist bands eliminate the need for hemming. I used a twin needle to sew down the neck, arm and waist bands on the 'Eyes' version but this is not necessary.
COMMENTS: The Ondée is classic Deer and Doe style, cute but not too fussy, and so lends itself to a lot of different fabrics and great wearability. The instructions are good and include some general information about sewing with knits. Ondée will suit many people in the cropped style, and if you prefer a bit of extra length and/or width this is a very simple adjustment. Any fabrics in the 'Knits' section or the French Terry & Fleece section of The Drapery online store (or here in person) would suit this pattern. Of course, bear in mind the different results you will get with variations in weight and drape. Together with the collar and long or short-sleeve variations, they make this a bit of a chameleon of a pattern, but in a good way!
- Jane & Fiona xx