Aside from high-waisted jeans and elasticated waistbands, cosy jumpers are making a regular appearance in my outfits at the moment. There was, however, a little gap in my wardrobe for a loose-fitting sweatshirt, something easy to throw on when heading out on a walk or relaxing in the house. I love a knitted jumper but they’re not always the best option against sensitive skin.
I has this organic sweatshirt fleece fabric from Fabric Godmother in my stash (spoiler: it was originally intended for handmade Christmas presents that I never got round to sewing!) and thought this would be perfect for a snuggly sweater. I had made version one of the Sew House Seven Sweater before but wanting something a little more loose-fitting and longer, I opted for version two. I was presently surprised at how few pattern pieces this sweater has – just three! – so it really doesn’t take long to sew.
I referred to the finished garment measurements and sewed a size small throughout. The sweater features a pretty high-low hem with a vent at the side seams. The bottom hem in quite wide when folded up and I think in hindsight, I would have trimmed this slightly and finished the edges with an overlocker before sewing. It doesn’t really affect the outer appearance of the garment but it would have made it look a tad neater on the inside.
If you have an overlocker this can make sewing up the side seams and sleeves much quicker but equally these can be joined with a zigzag stitch on a regular sewing machine. The pattern also advises you use a three-step zigzag stitch when sewing the front to back bodice at the self-neck facing. One thing I would advise here is don’t over-snip into the curves around the neckline facing when trying to reduce the bulk as it makes it tricky to flatten out when it’s folded over.
I decided to purchase a twin needle to topstitch around the hem and vents as I thought this would give the overall garment a nicer finish – I also wanted to try out a twin needle stitch as I hadn’t in previous projects.
In terms of final tweaks and amendments, on the neckline facing I folded the overlocked edge under and sewed a narrow hem (see image) to give the inside of the garment a neater finish.
I also didn’t fold the sleeves up as much as the pattern prescribes. The sleeves on the Sew House Sweaters are pretty generous which is great if you have long arms like me but I wanted to make sure these were extra long so I could pull them over my hands to feel extra cosy.
And that’s it, a nice, simple and cosy sweater. Let me know if you have questions in the comments below. x