The challenge to sew with knits this month, wasn’t a huge stretch for me (forgive the pun). I did a course in stretch sewing about 25 years ago, long before I owned an overlocker and all I had was an old Singer machine I had inherited.
Thanks to Lara at Thornberry.wordpress.com I had an opportunity to download and sew Swoon’s (www.swoonpatterns.com) scarf neck cardigan (commonly known as a waterfall cardigan). It is a free pattern and considering how much it would cost elsewhere, was a real bargain at twice the price 🙂
It is in my favourite colour, but NOT my favourite fabric. I had sworn off sewing petrochemicals , but couldn’t find any green knit to fulfil this month’s challenge, so I had to just swallow my pride and go with this moss green polyester crepe from Spotlight, it is very slippery, but sewed up nicely.
It was a simple make and came together well, all up about 2 hours from go to woe, so I was happy.
Just one alteration was made, I finished the sleeve with a cuff rather than a loose edge. I could have gone down a couple of sizes for the sleeves as I am rather short; with the cuff and about 12cm taken off the length of each sleeve the fit is great. My overlocker is a bit ill atm, so I zigzagged the internal seams and finished with a hand-rolled hem which went pretty well.
A pleasant exercise in stretch sewing and this month’s challenge done 😉