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Date: 6/1/12 6:16 AM

I'm a pretty inexperienced sewer and have no idea how to treat a gorgeous sweater knit I found. It's wool or wool blend, very soft and drapey. I am thinking of making an unstructured jacket, similar to the one on the bottom here, where the collar is simply folded over jacket. The selvage is fringed and I'd like to use that as either the hem or the edge of the opening/collar. Would either of these methods work? It seems to me it depends on how the fabric stretches, am I right? Unfortunately I don't know. I had to leave the store hurriedly, but I'd like to go back today and buy it if I can get some advice. Thank you!

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Date: 6/1/12 9:11 AM

Your pattern calls for fleece, so if the sweater knit doesn't have a lot of stretch -and most sweater knits don't- and if it's somewhat thick, then it should work well. The one consideration for me is the pattern's sleeve line; the shoulders appear to be extended, almost dropped slightly. I have found extended shoulder lines can be a stretching problem with sweater knits.

Check whether the fabric is dry clean only; many sweater knits are, and that means you having to dry clean your jacket.

What's the back of the fabric like? Some sweater knits have a backing that is scratchy and works best with lining.

Sweater knits can be a bit tricky to sew, if they are loopy or thick.

If this is your first time working with a knit, I would recommend a rayon/Lycra knit and a jacket along the lines of the Jalie Cardigan first.

Or just go for the sweater knit and pattern, and give it a try! Either way, you have a ton of sewers to help you out if you run across any problems.

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Date: 6/1/12 3:06 PM

Lynn, thank you for your reply. I read a lot of your tips when I was hunting for advice with this fabric! I was unable to get back to the store todaybut I believe the fabric has no backing. It's fairly thin and somewhat loopy, fairly delicate looking. I'll ask about content and washability when I go back, but it's been removed from the bolt.

I haven't decided on a pattern, but I'll check them with your concerns in mind. Thanks again!
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Date: 6/1/12 4:14 PM

You're very welcome!

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Date: 6/1/12 4:57 PM

I have done a fair amount of sweater knits too and the type that doesn't have much stretch is easier to work with but I agree with Lynn and also add a sleeve on with no shoulder seam works nice. I also use a knit iron on tape where I want to stablize. I got mine from Peggy Sagers and really like how it performs. You chose a good pattern though, the less tailored seams the better.

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Date: 6/1/12 7:41 PM

I have used sweater knit to make the cardigan jacket from New Look 6745 ... a very simple pattern and winner. It was a best of year pattern a few years ago.

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Date: 6/1/12 10:24 PM

I just made a couple cardigans...one with a Missoni knit from EOS...kept it very basic, no buttons or buttonholes...Butterick 5760. The other one was an EOS Eilleen Fischer (sp?) knit...McCalls 5978...also kept it simple.
You could utilize the fringe on the bottom of the body and sleeves of your garment. You probably already know about using a walking foot.

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Date: 6/2/12 2:53 PM

Kathi, this sounds interesting, but the number you gave me is for a child's dress. Is it on this page? jackets Regardless, I appreciate the mention because they have some other patterns that interest me and I'm not very familiar with the company.

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Date: 6/2/12 3:02 PM

Patty, I've read about walking feet, and I have one, but I probably wouldn't have thought of it, so thank you! I had to look up EOS. They have some luscious stuff! Something to plan on for next year when I have more experience.

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