I went off to camp after the holidays, and while the fashion bar is set really low there, I wanted some spiffy new clothes. I found this felted wool jersey fabric at one of my suppliers, and thought it would make a good sweater.
The beauty of this fabric, is that the finish can be a pinked edge–I don’t have to sweat a good finish. My aim here, was to make something that looked a little rustic (as I was indeed going to the country), and this is what I came up with.
Here’s a detail of the neck and armhole area, so you can see the finish I went for. I went for a machine stitch finish and what is called a “saddle stitch” when used decoratively–its fancy name. (It’s called a running stitch if you’re using it just to join fabric together.)
I’m showing the edge finish first, because I needed to finish the neck edges before adding the sleeves. Start out by pinking off about 1/8″ or so of the raw edge.
Machine stitch 3/8″ away from the pinked edge–I used the purple topstitching thread, so it would really show.
Next, with a double strand of the turquoise topstitching thread, I did a saddle stitch between the machine stitching and the pinked edge. As I wanted a rustic-looking garment, which was consistent with the rough fabric, I didn’t get out the micrometer to make the stitches even. Perfectionists out there, you can choose to make the stitches uneven, you know.
One tip about sewing with a double strand–after you’ve threaded your needle, before knotting, iron the thread. This makes it pass smoothly through the fabric without knotting up and fighting you.
To install the sleeves, I decided on…