Jackson Two


This is my final post in the double series… it was a short run!  The last two posts were the same fabric, different garments… but this one is same fabric, two colourways.


I’ve sewn numerous garments from the 100% cotton french terry with matching rib from work, so when I was asked by The Craft Sessions to teach at the online Soul Craft Festival this year, it seemed a great project to introduce people to sewing with knits.  I always recommend stable knits – think ponte, sweatshirting or fleece – for knit newbies as they behave more like woven fabric when sewing.


For teaching purposes, I was after a simple sweatshirt pattern without raglan sleeves, panels or pockets, that used ribbing to finish the neckline, sleeves and bottom hem.  It was a harder ask than I expected, but Helen’s Closet’s Jackson Pullover met all of my criteria, so I purchased the pattern and set about sewing a test version (one needs to practice before filming an online sewing lesson) in Burnt Brick

The Eucalyptus colour was mostly sewn during filming.


The changes I made to the pattern were minimal, just my usual forward shoulder adjustment, top stitching the shoulder seam allowances to the back of the sweatshirt and the slight lowering of the neckline.  I like to be able to use stay tape on both my front and back necklines (personal preference) and if the neckline is too high, this isn’t possible.  Ask me how I know?  Wink, wink!


The length of both the sleeves and sweatshirt were perfect.  No belly flashing here!


I’m really happy with these two makes and the sweatshirt section of my wardrobe is now full.  Over and out!


Pattern:  Helen’s Closet’s Jackson Pullover
French terry & ribbing from The Cloth Shop
Alterations:  Completed a 3/8” (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment and lowered the neckline slightly.
Outfit:  Jeans from Bassike and scarf a gift from Sharon
Location:  Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne


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