I purchased a sweater knit this year. First sweater knit I’ve purchased in a long time that pleased me upon arrival. The majority of sweater knits available in the last few years have been tissue thin. I am pleased with this sweater knit which is opaque; a real sweater knit but light weight. It is not the weight I’d wear to play in the snow. But it is perfect for our home (which we keep at 65 F). It has a lovely fall print, which didn’t photo true to color , and consists of a poly/lycra fiber combination which gives a 50% horizontal stretch and 30% vertical. A fact which I noted on the front of my envelope.
In years past, I’ve created separate slopers for each type of stretch. Alas, knits now come in multiple stretch amounts and my figure changes almost monthly. Making multiple slopers and keeping them current is a real challenge. As seen above, I’m opting to note on the face of my envelope the type fabric and stretch along with the adjustments I think should be made so the fabric will create the fit I desire. The difference don’t seem that great, but it makes a big difference in achieving the fit I want and the changes are few/easily made.
The fabric curled as I cut the pieces out. So I serge finished all, I mean every one of the cut edges, before basting the front and back together for fitting. Excess armscye length was adjusted by making the shoulder seams deeper. I kept the additional ease and length in the body. I am not your classic “Sweater Girl”. I like roomy sweaters.
Then I took out the basting. I’m still on the kick of creating front opening warm tops to wear when I take my infusions. I opted for a simple slit this time…
I used a facing to create the front slit. I thought about just binding but wasn’t sure it would bind neatly at the bottom of the slit. For modesty, I added my favorite closure, a coated hair band. The print is largely fall colors with a significant amount of pink. For that reason I chose to a pink button. I looked at the front happily and then realized I hadn’t given a thought to the back neckline. Was I going to bind the back neckline? Turn and stitch? Since I hadn’t done any testing (every fabric is different; aA successful finish one time can be a disaster with the next fabric), I opted to use a facing for the back as well. Carefully turned and top stitched, it is a beautiful neckline. That doesn’t quick hug my neck. On the front (above), the neckline is off center and “air” can be seen in some places
From the side, the neckline seems to be hugging me very neatly. I’m not sure if I stretched the neckline or if this is a problem which as developed and I need to sort it out.
I love the side view above. My front is free from drag lines as are the sleeve and back. However the back still looks like it is rising a little even with the 1″ length I added. This may take some thought and experimental sewing.
I am pleased with the straight on view of my sweater as well. The colors didn’t photo well. I suspect my lack of photography experience is at fault. This time I am happy with the fit of the sleeve although I might want it a little narrower at the hem. I need the extra at the elbow and hem. Not sure how to alter the pattern because it would look very different from the draft.
The back is sort of a surprise. There are drag lines on the right side at the high hip. I was trying to pull it down in back (even with 5+” of ease it want to rise) which maybe why it is smooth on one side and hiked on the other. Also in the full size pic
my right leg is extended behind out and could be the cause. Still it bothers me that the back hem is not staying level but wants to creep up. Something else I probably need to do some experimental sewing with.
Honestly,I think this is a success and I’m looking forward to wear it at my next infusion.