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Subject: sweater knits pattern confusion Date: 10/31/06 1:28 PM

Hi All,
I am interested in sewing a fairly bulky rib knit--similar to the one gorgeous things just used in her last review for a sweater pattern from Burda. I'd like to make a simple sweater coat or duster, but every pattern I look at never mentions rib knits or sweater knits--does it matter? I have never sewn this kind of fabric before and I am unclear on how I would handle the collar or the front opening (too bulky for a facing or for hemming over). So I'm wondering if the pattern doesn't recommend a thicker knit, will I run into trouble if I use one anyway? I don't really care for the one Loes Hines sweater coat pattern that i saw here on pattern review ( I want something simpler, really) --are there others out there that anyone knows about?
thanks so much!
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Date: 10/31/06 2:33 PM

Hi SarahB - I think you and I are on the same page here - I too wanted a sweater knit jacket and have just finished one - will review tho it did not end up quite as I had imagined.

In the process I went to a nice ladies store and examined their coats - these are very simple - unlined - and am not sure how wide your fabric is but many had no side seams.

Collars were not faced - just left to fold over in a single layer although if you are using a knit that ravels I think some kind of edging would be necessary.

I wanted a straight simple coat pattern - settled on Butterick 3306.

Some of the jackets I examined had button holes (parallel to the center front) and some had ties

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Subject: sweater knits pattern confusion Date: 11/1/06 6:58 AM

Hi,
Glad I am not alone!
I was thinking of something even much simpler than what you are tackling--Butterick 4270--I was even thinking of doing just the vest version, but I can't figure out how I would handle finishing the sleeve openings with a thick rib knit--that edging you were mentioning...maybe it is worth trying it out just to learn. I hate to waste the fabric on my ignorance though!

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Date: 11/10/06 10:24 PM

Hi- I was at Loes' seminar, and saw many versions of her knit coat. I, too, would have passed the pattern by, because the picture really didn't look like anything I wanted. My favorite iteration was using the collarless version of the coat, trimmed to jacket length, (no pockets) and closed with one button at the throat (I think it had a loop).The sweater knit was a rib, and it was serged at the bottom, but could also be hemmed and stitched. The facing is simply a stitched- down folded extension, and the neckline is serged, turned and stitched. Loes suggested putting a bit of lingere elastic from the shoulder to the button; in other words, only an inch shorter than front neckline, to keep it from gapping. It is inserted the same way she does a waistband- the elastic is slightly stretched and serged to the edge, turned and stitched down. It made really nice sweaater jacket. No facings. No interfacing.

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Date: 11/11/06 2:00 AM

I haven't made any of them, but I really like the way many of the Onion Patterns look for bulkier knits. There are a couple of sweater jackets and a couple of chunky pullovers. Maria from Denmark has done English translations for a couple of the cardigans.


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