I wanted to try sewing with a thick sweater knit.
I wanted to make a long, grey, hooded sweater coat, a trendy look this winter. However, I didn’t buy enough of this chunky, wool sweater knit from Mood to make it long enough and to also make the hood. A classic case of buying fabric first with a vague idea, and then deciding exactly what to make with it.
I was originally going to use Mccall’s6802 but the reviews I read on it were pretty bad, and when I opened the pattern, I could tell it was going to be a big, boxy thing.But I did salvage the hood from the pattern, and adapted it use on McCall’s 6996 , a sweater coat with set in sleeves I’ve made before here. I like the fit on this one…. I cut a size 12.I lined the hood with the same fabric. The hood is connected to a panel that’s sewn onto the front and then folded over. I cut four of these hood/panel combos so it used a lot of fabric. This was a little something I added to the design to give more body to the front piece, to avoid any rough edges on the inside, and to have the hood lined . It reminds me of a a bathrobe.
Because of the weight of the knit, I cut strips of woven interfacing and ironed it to the sewing seam lines to avoid the shoulders and back neck from getting stretched out. I need to buy some Stay Tape. I hand hemmed the sleeves, the inside band , and the hem to avoid machine stitching lines. It’s been years since I’ve used a blind hemmer attachment as I hem by hand really quickly, and kind of enjoy doing it. But I know that attachment would save lots of time. I’m going to try it on my next woven hem I sew. Lily picked out this fabric for me at Mood. I was overwhelmed by the choices, and she honed in on this one. It’s a wool knit blended with something else, probably nylon, from Italy. It has little gold flecks in it. It’s really soft and cozy. I was going to line my sweater coat, but this fabric feels really good on my skin.It’s a little bulky looking from the side…..But the pattern has great shaping. I added three inches to the length and narrowed the shoulders . I ran out of fabric for the belt so made a little button closure.I can’t wait to wear my cozy coat out!