I really must work on my blog titles! Anyway, I made this jumper with the piece of fabric I bought from Pitt Trading in Sydney to be a shawl collar on my Oslo cardigan and which wasn’t long enough. I am pleased to have it out of my stash, but it’s been a beast of a thing to make.
As you can see, I didn’t have enough fabric for the jumper so managed to use scraps from the Oslo cardigan to supplement it. I really like the patch on the left shoulder though – in fact, it’s my favourite part. The pattern is one of the self-drafted ones I did during my pattern making class at Workspace-FADS.
Less of a favourite part is the bottom band and it caused the jumper to sit in the naughty corner for a month. No matter what I did I could not get the bottom straight. Keep in mind that this fabric doesn’t fray – it shreds, so unpicking is not to be desired.
I can see that I didn’t stitch the seam of the bottom band down, but I think I was trying to avoid stretching the fabric. I went back and did this and it does help hold the band flat, but I’m not sure I like the line of stitching… Too late now, there’s no unpicking this lot!
The neckline was also quite baggy and I did unpick and resew it a couple of times – using a new band each time because the old one was unrecoverable, however, in the end, I threaded some elastic through and it’s now good enough to wear.
The jumper goes brilliantly with the cardigan though and is so warm on a cool morning.
The brown trousers are bengaline from Knitwit, made quite a while ago now. They have a back zip and are made from my trouser block. The trouser block is for a woven, so I had a go at making them smaller – not very successfully. I’ve since learned in my pattern-making class that I should have taken room out of the middle of the pattern, rather than taking the trousers in at the sides. These are totally wearable, but I might make another pair with my learned technique and see if I can get rid of that bit of extra fabric on the upper thigh.
Both of these items are going into my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe challenge, which is a bonus!
It’s Mother’s Day here, so I’m off to visit my Mother and show her my new outfit.