Today was a great day for sewing since we got a pretty good snow storm. Four to six inches of snow means is my time to hibernate in my sewing room and work on a fun project.
A couple of months ago I went to Boulder and discovered my new favorite fabric store, Elfriede's Fine Fabrics. It is a beautiful store with loads of gorgeous and high quality fabric for garment sewing. Most places around here cater to quilters so I absolutely loved this store!
I don't remember the fiber content but it's a lightweight sweater type knit. It doesn't fray and the edges don't curl either. It was a dream to sew.
I chose McCall's M7975. I'll post the Sew Along I found from Brittany J Jones below so you can get a step by step view. She did a fabulous job shooting this video. For the most part I followed the instructions but made a few changes along the way.
Once I got to Step 8 I skipped over a few steps and sewed the sleeve in using the flat method. After my sleeve was sewed in I went back over to Step 9 and continued through Step 16. Then hemmed the sleeves using my double needle.
I did find Step 4 a bit tricky. It was difficult to turn the edges over at the top of the arrow. I rolled in a bit smaller than the rest of the lines.
I ended up sewing up one side, stopped just short of the curve then sewed down the other side. Then I worked on the curve doing the best I could. All in all it doesn't show at all in the finished top, so don't fret over this part. As you can see mine wasn't perfect either.
I had about 2-3 hours tied up in this top which includes cutting it out. It was really easy to put together and will get a lot of wear out of this piece.
I did find it was a bit too big. I make an X-Large and should have sized down to a Large. I ended up taking it in about 2" total in the torso. It's still roomy but very comfy.
I imagine I'll make this again but will size down to the Large. I highly recommend this pattern for even a beginner. Maybe not your first project but it's pretty simple and don't think you would do fine if you just take your time. Watch Brittany's video and she explains each step very plainly.
I did do one more thing. I cut a long piece of fusible french fuse, aka easy knit, and ironed it on to the back shoulder seam to stabilize it a bit. Then when the instructions said to DOUBLE STITCH I simply used my serger for the second stitch.
Sew along video by brittany j jones
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