Vogue 8546

I can’t stay for too long out of the sewing room, even though I have a bazillion other things going on right now.  This week, I’m getting the house ready for holiday visitors.  While I was folding up my ping-pong table (doubles as my cutting table), I got distracted by the 2 (or 12) projects lying out awaiting to be cut.  And, I had to cut out One More Thing….
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I had gotten this pattern strictly for the hooded jacket to make using this loose-knit ribbed sweater knit that I got form www.fabric.com.  The loose-fitting jacket has a hood, pockets, raglan sleeves, and topstitching details.  The pattern calls for moderate stretch knits only, this knit was anything but.  I cut a size 10; I usually do this for loose fitting patterns (I’m normally a 12 in the Big 4).  Man, I think this turned out great!  Here are some views:
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I like how this looks open, or tied closed:
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And, I love the side seam pockets.  To cut down on bulk, it’s just one pocket piece that you topstitch to the fronts.  The hem is curved like a shirt hem:
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And, I love this big hood!
I’ve never worked with open sweater knits before, and it was difficult to keep the seams and hems from looking homemade.  For the unseen seams, a 4-thread overlock stitch with wooly nylon in the loopers works fine.  For the hems (which are visible in this jacket), I finished the edges with a 2-thread overlock stitch with wooly nylon in the looper.  Ideally, this would be perfect if you can find wooly nylon in a matching color.  I couldn’t, but I came close, still not perfect.  I then turned the hems in and pressed under using steam-a-seam, and hand-stitched the hem using unraveled yarn from leftover scraps.  The front edges and and hood were turned under twice and sewed with a straight stitch (also using steam-a-seam).  The most visible seam of the garment is at the hood, which lays open on your back.
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I couldn’t think of any other way to clean finish this neatly, so I hand overcast the serged seam with more unravelled yarn.  I made up the belt with leftovers.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Unknown
    • November 18th, 2008

    Love it!  Your sweater is so chic, so fashionable.

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