Posted on Friday the 18th November 2016 by Lady Sewalot
Hello all! When I came across this loop backed Liberty Jersey Fabric on the Minerva Crafts website I knew at once that it would be coming home with me. It's fantastically soft, and the looped back makes it really warm to wear. It had to become a jumper.
I did a bit of a mash up between the Inari Tee Sewing Pattern and the basic t-shirt pattern from Sew U Home Stretch. I used the armholes and the sleeve of the basic t-shirt and the length and width of the Inari. I'm really pleased with the fit of the armholes here, and when I make the Inari next, I'll definitely use these new armhole lines.
To make it more snuggly I attempted a raised neckline, but it didn't work out so I just cut to the back neckline markings on the t-shirt pattern which gave me a slightly raised neckline anyway. The neckline was finished just by turning over the raw edge and topstitching because the fabric is fairly stable and a neckband would have been too thick.
I took the width of the waistband from the t-shirt pattern and measuring my waist, added a couple of cm for the length, also remembering to add seam allowance. I cut this out and stretched it as far as I could. The width of my hem was bigger than this so I slimmed down the side seams a bit so I could ease the hem band in.
The Inari tee has a 2cm hem allowance and I sewed the hem band on with a 1cm seam allowance, so it's a bit longer than it was originally intended to be. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the length, but I'm hesitant to shorten it, in case I shorten it that bit too much.
The sleeves were a good length as they were so I didn't add cuffs. They are a bit draughty though, and cuffs would do a better job of not letting any of the cold air in.
The fabric was really easy to work with. It would really be a good first knit to sew with actually, because it's so stable. It isn't super stretchy, so be sure to use a pattern that isn't too tight fitting. I do have to do a fair bit of pulling and pushing to get my jumper on and off.
I had a bit of an internal debate about whether to make my jumper cropped or not, and I definitely like the proportions of a cropped sweater more. I now need to make some high-waisted jeans to go with it!
Thanks for reading and to Minerva for providing the kit for this make!