A seasonally appropriate jumper
I put this jumper on for photos today and dare I say… it felt perfect. It was warm (hello Melbourne winter!), comfortable, stripey, boxy, cropped and I love it’s earthy and grey tones.
Let’s talk about fabric first and then I’ll confess how I cobbled the pattern together.
The fabric is a loose weave wool/acrylic knit from The Cloth Shop. It’s something I wouldn’t usually look twice at, but The Cloth Shop had cleverly sewn up an inspiration jumper which was hanging above the roll of fabric. All of a sudden I had a vision of this fabric made into a boxy cropped jumper with fitted sleeves; a copy of a favourite RTW jumper (as seen in this post).
After purchasing the fabric (20% off thank-you very much!) I went home to browse my Japanese pattern books. Who else but the Japanese do boxy so well? I can’t read Japanese, but I think we can safely say I made a woven pattern (red silk?) into a jumper!
The pattern is number 30 from Pochee’s May & Me Style Sewing II (only available in Japanese).
The pattern front and back are identical apart from differing necklines. The sleeves for the pattern are short and wide, so I lengthen them by 4 & 1/2 inches and narrowed them slightly (I made a muslin to check fit and refine the sleeves). If I’m wearing a boxy top, I do prefer a slimmer fitting sleeve.
I traced the largest size (LL), and lazily didn’t add the seam allowances.
Even though the fabric has an open weave, the little samples I sewed up showed that neutral coloured fine fusible stay tape was required to stop the fabric ‘growing’ and it was almost invisible. Oh how I love fusible stay tape. It’s a must in my books if you are sewing knits!
Construction was predominantly on the overlocker. I finished the neckline and sleeves with bands and the hem was secured with a twin needle.
Will I use this pattern again? I already have…
Pattern: Number 30 from Pochee’s May & Me Style Sewing II
Size: LL (without adding seam allowances)
Fabric: Loose weave wool/acrylic knit from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: Lengthened and narrowed the sleeves. Added bands to finish the neckline and sleeves.