As It Turns Out…

It was done last week.  I’m not surprised, really.  I don’t tend to revisit projects when I finish them.  I just want to move on. And I finally buckled down and got pictures.  They aren’t great.  I’m so sick of doing the self portrait thing.  I just don’t enjoy it.

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So, the details.  The pattern is McCall’s 6796. Fabric is my own design (drop stitch pattern) in a 50% cotton / 50% acrylic yarn, about sport weight.  It’s mostly a taupey grey but with some olive color blocking because I ran out of the grey. Finishing details are in last week’s post.

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(Blurry hand! And that’s not my bra you see peeking out. It’s the camisole I was wearing underneath and it’s only showing because I was pulling the sweater down to show the stitching down the side.)

This was my second time making this sweater.  I made the same size as the first one but somehow, this one feels bigger. It might only be obvious to me, but the first one felt more form fitting.

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Or maybe it’s just that the other fabric being thinner, its wearing wrinkles are just smaller so the whole thing looks tighter?

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I enjoyed making the fabric more than sewing up the sweater. Mostly because I just haven’t found the perfect way to deal with it. And honestly? I think it’s in part because sweater knits don’t really enjoy being cut and sewn all that much. Most of my store bought sweaters are knit to the exact width needed so that no seam allowance finishing is required. They have knitted on ribbing, not a sewn hem. Armscyes are made with decreases (sometimes visible, sometimes not) so again, no needed to finish the seam allowance. Those sweaters are very close to how hand knit sweaters are made. So now I’m debating whether I want to keep working on sewing sweater knits or if I want to go back to knitting the pattern pieces. Knowing me, I’ll probably alternate between both methods (cut and sew vs fully fashioned). But not now. Now, I’m going to do some easy sewing with easy fabric…

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Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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3 comments on “As It Turns Out…
  1. Charity says:

    This turned out great! I really like it with the dark blue shirt underneath.This version looks a tiny bit looser than the red one to me too.

  2. […] if I’m being honest with myself, I’m still not satisfied with the finishing on the two sweaters I made last Fall and I was scared.  I figured two tubes would be perfect.  I would make them just […]

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