It's lightweight sweater season! At least in the early morning and evening here in Baltimore in late Septermber. Summer was pretty tame this year anyhow. So I got on board and sewed up McCall's 6844 . It's a wildly popular on the internetz with the sewing crowd. I was REALLY unsure about it once it was done and I was down in my sewing hole in my basement at 11 PM last night, with it big ole fluffy butt ruffle in back. In the light of day and after a solid morning of wearing it (hence the wrinkles and slight disheveled look of it in the photos here) I am loving it.
Aww geez... I did not look in the mirror before taking this pics, I am so annoyed with that rumply bit above my left boob. I used a cotton/spandex knit that clings so nicely to the cotton t-shirt I'm wearing, but I sew normal, everyday clothes and this is what I look like if you when you see me skipping down the street. It was a MAJOR pain to cut evenly since it's such a very stretchy, crepe-like fabric. But it's a crazy comfy light sweater.
I made View D in size Medium. The front lapel is not meant to close or touch but mine overlaps due to stretchiness of my material. I lengthened both the sleeves and bodice by 1" (2.5 cm), this is a standard alteration for me since I'm 2" (5 cm) taller then what McCall's drafts for-- they draft their average height patterns for 5'6" (1.68 m) while I'm 5'8" (1.73 m).
I did not use any interfacing in the "band" piece... the lapel on front. I did not want the stiffness that it would create. Plus I am sure the super stretchy, bumpy crepe surface of the fabric wouldn't allow the iron on interfacing properly adhere.
But I did stabilize both the shoulder seams, back neck and lapel/band. I cut my Pellon Easy-Knit Tape down the center to split it in half and then ironed on the proper length to each section on the seam. Rather then staystitching (Step 3 in the directions), I used this stuff to stabilize that section of the lapel/band. I used my serger for this project with the exception of the topstitching.
This lone sunflower is the last of my garden besides a tomato plant that is slowly dying. Amazing what a matter of 4 weeks did to my crazy, lush garden.
|September 19: Nothing but some bundled dry corn stalks|
|August 13: Jungle|