Every time it’s time to blog for Sewisfaction I get really excited which is almost immediately followed by paralysis of choice. Every. Single. Time. I found this time round particularly challenging as it was just as the season was changing. We’d had a lovely warm September weekend followed by a cold snap. My head was still in the lovely summer dress mood but my body was craving some warmer makes.
Eventually after setting myself an internal deadline for browsing the website (sorry if your stats were up that week Sheona – twas entirely me dithering) I chose this Royal Passion French terry. French terry is like a lighter weight fabric for sweatshirts. So a great autumn weight fabric. This fabric from Sewisfaction has a nice brushed back to it which is lovely and cosy but also means the fabric doesn’t fray at all.
I chose an old pattern that is so well tested it works every time the Toaster sweater from Sew House Seven. There are 2 views to this pattern both of which I’ve made a few times. I went for view 1 with the lovely funnel neck and raglan shape sleeves. It can come up a bit short so I lengthened the bodice by 6cm. I also shortened the sleeves by 3cm though could have shortened them more as they are showing below my jacket sleeves. From my measurements I cut an XXL but slimmed it down once I started sewing to the point where I think an L would have been a better fit. I also ditched the bottom band. I had the piece cut out but once I started assembling the jumper I didn’t think it would benefit from the band. It’s quite springy fabric and I thought the bottom band might look a bit lumpy.
I was going to put a smug bit here about how if you don’t have an overlocker you could easily use a stretch stitch on your normal machine. Except I managed 1 inch of a seam on my overlocker before it chewed my fabric and made a horrible ominous sound. Turns out I’ve done something awful to my overlocker and it’s going to need a service. So instead this served as a useful lesson on sewing stretch fabrics on a normal sewing machine. Its slightly less professional looking on the inside but looks great on the outside. So much so that my mum asked if I’d bought my new jumper in Joules. Result!
First thing is you need is to select a stretch stitch which looks like a lightening bolt (a straight stitch is liable to break over time in stretchy fabric). You can also use a zig zag though it can leave bigger gaps between stitches and may look a bit loose on the outside. I also top stitched most seams with a zig zag to keep it neat though it’s not necessary for this jumper pattern.
All in all I’m very happy with my new jumper. So much so that I wore it 4 times in the first week. It’s a lovely yet practical layer for the changing seasons. Also as I had just enough fabric left for some contrasts I actually made a 2nd jumper. This is white french terry and sadly didn’t come from Sewisfaction. That’s very clear when you see it close up as it’s far inferior quality and will fray and bobble quite quickly I think. But it shows that 2m of French terry will make 1.5 toaster jumpers!
Thank you to Sheona for the fabric and thanks for reading.
See you some time in the future!