Happy New Year! I hope 2020 finds you in good form and that you had a lovely relaxing time over the holidays. I took a break from social media and blogging. I didn’t even bother with a 2019 round-up post or a 2020 plans post as I think that there are so many around the internet that the last thing you want is yet another one from me besides, I’m not one to make loads of plans for a new year anyway because I’m totally rubbish at keeping them and to be honest I can never seem to function after Christmas. It takes me at least until the end of January to feel human again! I just want to hibernate!
DIY Cropped Sweater
My sewjo is a little lacking at the moment but I did manage to sew up one of my Christmas presents, namely a length of wool knit fabric in a basketweave stitch that came from Fabric Godmother in the Black Friday sale.
I literally only had a metre because it was the end of the stock and so as a result, I had to be really inventive with pattern layout and design. I chose to sew up the sweater from McCalls 7445 which I’ve used a lot for the pants pattern (see here , here and here). I’d always intended to make up the sweater one day and this was the ideal opportunity. With only a metre though, I did an awful lot of head-scratching and faffing (oh the faffing!) to get the design cut out. I’ve ended up with shorter narrower sleeves and zero hem allowances, but I did it and with a small amount left that might just be enough for a little cosy pull-on winter hat…yay!
I cut the pattern on a size 10 and did a full bust adjustment plus my usual forward shoulder adjustments of squaring-off the back shoulders, raising the back neck and sloping the front shoulders a little. Being a “Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch” pattern, the instructions had a complete section dedicated to pattern adjustments for common fit problems which were extremely helpful. The pattern pieces have lines on them for all of the areas where cuts and adjustments are made too. Super useful!
Here is the full bust adjustment that I did and I’ve also added a photo showing how I cut down on a lot of bulk for the bust dart (which in hindsight I think I should have lowered by a half-inch or so…oh well).
I stitched my sweater together entirely on my overlocker. Then I needed to think of a way to do the neckline, sleeves and lowers hems by losing as little length as possible. I remembered some scraps of a grey jersey that I had in my stash drawers and it turned out to be perfect for adding a bit of contrast and a nice little detail.
I cut strips of the jersey fabric 1.5” wide, across the grain. Next, I folded the jersey in half, overlocked the edges together, then stitched it along the edges of the sweater taking the tiniest of seams from the main fabric. The jersey extends down by ¼” creating a sort of piped effect.
After pressing the hems flat, I did some topstitching along all of the edges to hold the jersey in place. I think it’s a great low-bulk way to finish off a chunky knitted fabric and it adds a nice bit of contrast. You could go with even more contrast and use a much lighter or darker colour.
So there we have it..short but sweet for my first blog post of 2020. And a new sweater for my winter wardrobe which will be a great casual addition.
So how’s your 2020 started off? Slow like me? Or are you and “up and at ‘em” kind of a person that dives into new projects and life goals like a ninja? Let me know in comments and also let me know if you think you might try my hem finishing technique for yourself.
Catch you soon!
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