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Date: 3/14/14 2:32 AM

I have a knitted jersey that I really like the style and fit of. Its a pretty basic style and I know I could easily take a pattern from it. The most difficult part will be finding a fabric that would give the same end result.
I have heaps of 100% merino wool knit, but its quite thin. I was thinking of maybe using 2 layers of the merino but I'm not sure if that would work? I am worried how 2 layers would hang together, especially at the cuffs and at the hem.
The pattern is very basic. I have traced off Kwik Sew 2496 and made a few small adjustments to get a pattern almost identical to my ready-made jersey.
I have never tried sewing a double layered jersey before, but here is what I was thinking of doing.
I will cut the entire pattern out twice, once in red and once in black.
Then I will take the two front layers and with right sides together I will sew around the neck (the pattern doesnt have a band, its just folded under and topstitched) and sew the side splits and across the bottom hem. Then I will turn it right side out at the open side seams. I will do the same to the 2 back layers.
This will mean there are no raw edges showing at the neck, side seams or hem.
Then I will join the front and back with french seams at the shoulders, to make them nice and neat and to add stability to the seam.
Then I will sew the seam down each sleeve, put one inside the other and sew around the cuff end, then turn them right sides out again, which will mean all seams will be on the inside and I'll be able to fold back the cuff if I want to and not have ugly seams showing.
I will probably overlock the side seams and around the top of each sleeve, just to keep all the layers together.
Then I'll simply sew in the sleeves and down the side seams as usual. Lastly I will topstitch around the neck, cuffs and hem.
It all sounds right in my head. I hope it works out as easily.
However, I am concerned that over time the layers will sag unevenly and will end up drooping over the bottom hem and cuffs.
Does anyone know how stable merino knit is? Is it likely to sag? Has anyone tried anything similar with merino before?
Does it sound like my idea will even work?
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Date: 3/14/14 9:39 AM

Another approach would be to only join the inner and outer layers at the neck or do only the body in two layers joined at the neck with both layers treated as one at the armhole with the two layers treated as one in the armhole seam. If you use the second method use a single layer of fabric for the sleeve. This way everything else hangs free and different stretch rates or sagging won't be so much of an issue.

Also check out some of Marcy Tilton's suggestions for making tee shirts out of sheer fabrics. She eliminates the stitched hem and cuts the front and back double with a fold in the fabric where the hem would have been. Her much clearer instructions are at http://marcytilton.com/index.php?cid=760&cp=7

Another possibility is to run your wool knit through the washer and dryer so that it thickens up a bit before you cut it out. It won't be as stretchy but it will be warmer and more stable

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