My partner, Nick, was keen for me to make it in the same fabric that I used for my carry-on luggage rucksack blogged here but I drew the line at wearing a garment in bright yellow with multi-coloured spotted and striped ponies cavorting on it. However I did want something cheerful so went for this poly/cotton at only £2.99 per metre from the Sewing & Craft Superstore at Tooting Bec.
I traced a size 10 (83 cm bust) using horticultural fleece as described here
and pinned the pieces together to check for fit. Since my bust is just under 85 cm I thought that I might have to make an adjustment here but it was a perfect fit across the bust with just the amount of ease that I wanted. However I did make several adjustments to the pattern before cutting out the fabric, due to my narrow shoulders, thin arms and rounded upper back, as follows:
1. Decreased the height of the armhole by sewing a larger seam allowance on the shoulders and decreased the size of the sleeve cap to match by making a horizontal pleat on the pattern across the sleeve head.
2. Extended the length of the sleeves to below elbow length by continuing the line of the original short sleeve pattern to the appropriate length but tapering the sewing line to create a slightly narrower sleeve.
3. Put a dart in the back of the neck so that it fitted my rounded upper back and amended the back facing pattern to take account of this.
4. Instead of using one large button for the closure of the back neck opening I used two tiny ones as I thought it gave a neater look. The button loops are hand stitched using red thread.
The photograph below shows the fastening and the back neck darts.
Pattern Review also mention that it took them more than an hour.
However, if not as speedy as claimed, it is easy and not a long project. I like it very much and a complete stranger came up to me yesterday saying how much she liked it and was disappointed to discover it was not a RTW buy! It can be worn loose or tucked in and goes with loads of separates already in my wardrobe. The naive fabric design brings a smile to my face when I put it on, something much needed given Brexit and the dismal, dull weather we have been having. I am already thinking of another version, with a different neckline and longer sleeves, using fabric from my stash.
To make the jumper into a jacket I just cut up the middle of the front of the fleece and stabilised the underside of the front edges with a narrow strip of light-weight fusible interfacing before turning the edges under on either side of the zip and sewing the zip in.
I used some horticultural fleece to trace off the underside of the little stand-up collar and created a facing pattern to cut out in the boat fabric. Then I hand stitched the facing in place. Eh voila!, a zip-up jacket that I can just unzip for a bit of a cool down. Plus it makes a rather dull fleece a bit more exciting and individual. My tame photographer had to leave for work so you don't get to see me wearing it but here it is.
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