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|Posted on:||9/5/13 10:13 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Terry Cloth [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: A cowl neck sweater for knits.|
Pattern Sizing: 36-46. I made a 42 but graded to a 44 for the bottom band.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, exactly.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I wish I could report that the directions for this pattern were better then those in previous issues. I always read my directions for patterns even when I don't need them (this was such a basic garment to sew I didn't need them here.) These were not good at all, I got lost around step six. They didn't make sense. Something has to be lost in translation (they are translated to English from Dutch)... as I pre-read the instructions they seemed reasonable but just didn't work during the actual sewing process. I'd rate this pattern for a beginner but would be a challenge for you if you need directions. If you're intermediate or an experienced beginner, you should be a-ok.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It's a comfy and very wearable cowl sweater. It's nice and roomy for layering underneath and quite simple to sew. The cowl is pretty nice. You stagger the seams on the cowl by 15 cm in different directions to give the neck a nice rumpled twist.
I only used my serger for this, there is NO topstitching or hemming! It would be a breeze to use a regular sewing machine with a zigzag stitch as well. It took me under an hour at the machine to complete, even after re-sewing the cowl on after realizing I sewed the seam on the the outside. The lower band on the hem and the bands on the wrists are large pieces of fabric folded over then sewn on, making those seams you see. Isn't this the same technique that Sewaholic's Renfrew is sewn with? I don't have that pattern but I think that was one of big selling points for her pattern-- it helped ease folks into sewing with knits by making it super easing to construct and not having to twin-needle topstitch if you are without a coverstitch machine.
Dislikes: the directions. See above.
Fabric Used: A cotton terry cloth sort of fleece. It's a medium to heavy weight, quite warm and will be nice for layering.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no alterations beyond grading up a size on the lower hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this again. It's a nice basic. I do recommend this pattern, just know that the directions aren't perfect.
Conclusion: Another winning, much needed, casual basic for the wardrobe. I see wearing this top a lot this fall and winter. More on my blog Kathy Sews.
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