I’ve never really been inspired to make a jumper. To be honest I’m not a big jumper wearer, I generally just get hot and bothered in them, but recently I had my over-locker serviced so the cutting blade actually works and I fancied spending a bit more time practicing with stretch fabrics.
For my birthday I was given a voucher for The Sewing Cafe in Hinckley and this black splash cotton lycra caught my eye and I spent my pennies on that without knowing what I’d do with it. (as an aside, it’s worth knowing that their vouchers are only valid in the shop. Unfortunately I live too far away to make a trip, but I called and they very kindly converted it into an online code).
At a work meeting in October a colleague had a very nice top, a long smock length jumper with a zip all the way down the back, which inspired me to use my fabric for something like that. When the fabric arrived it wasn’t quite what I was expecting ,it was more smock fabric than jumper fabric, but I decided to give it a go anyway.
Helpfully I’d recently treated myself to a sewing magazine and had the free McCalls sweatshirt pattern from that. I did alter the pattern a fair bit. As my fabric wasn’t very stretchy I cut the pattern out as a size 16 to compensate. I also extended the body to try and make it into a long smock jumper and as was using my over-locker I didn’t take in the seam allowance.
The longer body didn’t really work. I had forgotten to take into account body shape and it was too tight around my hips so that got cut back down. I also forgot that the pattern called for a pleat on both of the shoulders when I was putting the neckline in, so to make the two fit together I put them on the front. Different, but I quite like the end result.
I’m definitely enjoying sewing with various stretch fabrics and plan on keeping going, although I don’t have any firm plans at the moment. I’ve been checking out girl charlee for inspiration, does anyone have any suggestions of good patterns or different stretch fabrics you’ve enjoyed?