Näh-Connection – German patterns, now in English: the Bethioua

You might recall that I’m part of the Näh-Connection team – a group of ladies helping Annika, the brain behind Näh-Connection, to translate English sewing patterns into German. Well, there’s a new twist: Näh-Connection now also offers English translations of German sewing patterns on her website! Annika was so kind to include me in her English speaking team as well – so this week I’ll show you two of the new patterns available in Annika’s shop.

Sew Mariefleur Elle Puls Bethioua

You might already know the Bethioua pattern by the German label Elle Puls – it has been translated into English before and is pretty well known, as it should be. I bought this pattern a long time ago, but never got around making it. A few month ago Elke from Elle Puls released a free size US 0/ EU 32 of her Bethioua, and that size actually fits me better than the sizes included in the bought pattern.

Sew Mariefleur Elle Puls Bethioua

The back of this easy to wear sweater is so unique – while the Bethioua looks like a regular raglan sweater from the front, it has a very special back yoke, perfect for using fabrics with stripes.

And that’s exactly what I did: I found a pretty knit at Stoff og Stil and I knew it would make a perfect sweater, especially for the Norwegian summer months. It’s made of 100% cotton and yarn died, without being too stretchy or too warm and “wooly”.

Sew Mariefleur Elle Puls Bethioua

Sewing the Bethioua is pretty straight forward, since you just have four main parts (front, back and two sleeves) and bands for the neckline, the sleeves and the hem. But since I knew that I just had to match the stripes perfectly to be happy, it nevertheless took me quite a long time. Especially the round yoke seam was a little tricky, since the right and left side didn’t match perfectly at once. I kept basting every seam together and used my seam ripper until I was happy with each and every seam. I then used my stretch stitch to sew the seam one more time.

Sew Mariefleur Elle Puls Bethioua

I cut bands for the hem, the sleeves and the neckline, but when it was time to attach them I wasn’t sure if I didn’t like the look without bands better. In my opinion the sweater looked more simple and elegant without bands. In the end I used a super cute woven bias tape to finish the neckline and the hem, while I just folded the sleeves under. The neckline is wide enough and doesn’t need to be stretch to be pulled over the head, so the bias tape finish works perfectly. And now it’s actually my favourite thing about my Bethioua! I just love to see the fun little flowers on the inside each time I take the sweater on and off – it’s so different from the stripes on the outside, while still working together perfectly.

Sew Mariefleur Elle Puls Bethioua

Head over to the Näh-Connection shop to buy your own copy of this pattern and to have a look at all the other patterns that are available! You can save up to 50% of the price by buying several patterns – just check out Annika’s blog post over here. Annika and the rest of the team have done a great job during the last few weeks and there are lots of great patterns available, both for children and women.

Sew Mariefleur Elle Puls Bethioua– This blog post is linked to the German blogger party RUMS. – 

9 comments on “Näh-Connection – German patterns, now in English: the Bethioua

  1. Love, love, love this. You found the perfect fabric, these stripes are just the right width. And then the floral bias tape just finishes it off beautifully. Sooo good!

  2. What a beautiful series of photos. You chose THE perfect fabric for the pattern and I love your finish with the bias tape. Will copy this for my next Bethioua.

  3. So schön – und dieses kleine feine Detail mit den Blümchen, i love it!
    Glg Kathrin

  4. It looks beautiful! I absolutely love stripes and you matched them perfectly. Great job!
    I bought the pattern last week. Will try it with bias tape.

  5. Love the matching of your stripes, good Job!

  6. Ani Lorak

    Perfect. The time you need for the matching of the stripes is really good invested. Really a gain! I have boght the pattern and should really start, fabric is chosen since March and need only to cut and sew….

  7. you really did a nice job of perfect stripes matching.
    Lile it.

  8. Gorgeous (as usual!) – I am working on one now out of a sweater knit…been trying to decide on bands…love seeing your bias finish…I may go that route 🙂 Thank you!!

  9. Awesome stripe matching! So glad I’ve found your blog.
    I’d love to make this sweater but really struggle with patterns that done come with a copy shop version.

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