Like many a little girl, I attended ballet class and dreamt of being a ballerina but alas, my dance skills were a bit more contemporary free form rather than classical Balanchine...
However, the wonderful thing about dressing ourselves is that we can satisfy any sartorial whim we have, delusional or otherwise!
A wrap top is a brilliant wardrobe basic and I'd been thinking about ballet wrap cardigans for a while ~ there's something about the ballerina at rehearsal style that is so stylish and romantic and I needed in.
The Sinead has lots of lovely little details which make it extra special ~ the decorative raglan decreases, the delicate vintage fit, a pretty waist tie and 2 sleeve options, short or bracelet length sleeves. Just add a diaphanous skirt in delicate silk chiffon and you're ready to pirouette through the day!
The brilliant thing about the Sinead is that it's so versatile and fits into just about any style wardrobe. I style mine with my vintage and vintage inspired pieces but it would look just as fab with jeans and converse. And of course for all ballet related outfits!
I named the Sinead ballet wrap cardigan for my lovely friend whose passion for ballet is truly inspiring and when she commissioned a pair of ballet shorts based on a pair worn in Matthew Bournes's Red Shoes, I knew that the Sinead had to be a thing! So just over a year of design and development later, the Sinead Knitting pattern is here!
I knitted myself a black sparkly version which I LOVE and am now on a blush pink version of the long sleeve option. It's actually a really simple and fairly quick knit and because of the raglan shaping, there's lots of opportunity to practise decreasing if you're fairly new to knitting.
Next up is a short sleeve cream Sinead, made in the softest alpaca silk blend that I can find! And then a red one. And then maybe a cream with sparkle.....?
I love the Sinead so much and hope you do too! I'm looking forward to seeing versions of her out in the wild, hopefully fulfilling all those ballerina dreams...