Hello everyone! In case you missed it, I set myself a little task to keep pushing my style choices with new silhouettes every few makes to see if I find something I love. Spoiler alert: I’m not really sure it worked with this make.
The project has all the markings of things I like. A little bit retro and kitsch, a fun colour and some nice techniques to sink my teeth into. The sewing pattern is S9182 a multigarment design by Mimi G. I first saw it on Georgie’s feed in a beautiful pink colour.
I’m never making the skirt but the top appealed. I liked how the opened zip extended into the collar and I even liked the fabric Georgie used so I bought a different colourway from her shop HeySewSister! It’s a lovely waffle knit jersey which is chunky enough for a sweater without being difficult to sew.
I made the size 10 grading out at the hips and did a narrow shoulder adjustment.
Mimi G has a fab sewalong video on YouTube if you like extra support but the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. There aren’t many pieces so it’s just getting a neat finish that takes the time with this pattern. I installed my zip ever so slightly off to one side but it’s not enough to bother me. And I tacked my upper collar in place with hand basting stitches before edge stitching to secure it around the neckline.
You can see I left off the bands at the waist and hems… but I slightly regret not using the hem band. It gives it more of a retro sailor look but I also think it looks too big on me this way. Because on both views of the pattern the sleeves had cuffs, I needed to lengthen the pattern piece. I went a good three inches over my wrist so I could have a deep hem stitching line.
Normally I love mustard/ yellow/golden clothing but perhaps I’ve got the winter blues as this top isn’t giving me the jolt of fake sunshine I had hoped. It was fun to sew though, and gave me a chance to dive into my metal zipper stash which doesn’t get used often. I found a metal zip with a beautiful circle pull but it had tarnished slightly and was on a black tape so not suitable for this jumper.
So that’s the slightly sad story of this sweater. I don’t really reach for it when I’m getting ready on a morning… maybe in Spring I’ll want to show it off a little more?