So as we approach the end of 2020 I have just managed to squeeze in one last make which was outlined in my MakeNine plans earlier this year and as luck would have it I have also been able to link it to Sea of Teal’s Sew Your Wardrobe basics theme of ‘cosy‘ for the month of December.
As I outlined in that post way back in April I was eager to replica a couple of Uniqlo sweaters I have had for a couple of years. The Uniqlo sweaters are a simple boxy shape with a funnel neck and dropped sleeves that give a slightly batwing effect. I have one in a light marl grey (shown below) and another in plain black. They are made in a lightweight knit but are so comfortable and versatile making them really useful wardrobe basics.
I’d outlined a couple of prospective patterns – style 118 in Burdastyle 12/2019 and Simplicity 8529.
Later on in the year Jalie also released the Romy pattern which I also liked but these are hard to come by in the UK. There is the option to download PDF but I didn’t feel like the hassle of sticking all the pattern pieces together. However I used a Jalie pattern for the first time this year to make a basic T shirt and was very impressed with it so I was tempted by the Jalie pattern and it could be a future purchase.
Going back to my original choices as much as I liked the Burda sweater I felt that style was a bit too fitted for the look I wanted to replicate and so I settled on the Simplicity pattern. As luck would have it Simplicity had a sale in the autumn and so I was able to purchase S8529 from my local fabric store at a reduced price. Since I have bought the pattern I see there are lots of comparisons of it with the very popular Sew House Seven Toaster sweater and I can see the similarities.
If you have read the post on my MakeNine plans you will know that I refer to some sparkly mustard knit fabric I already had but somehow I ended up buying some dark grey marl knit this year to add to the stash as you do! I felt this would be much more practical than the sparkly variety. I guess we haven’t felt that sparkly this year and perhaps I will feel more like using it next Christmas.
Cutting out the sweater style B was very straight forward as there are only five pattern pieces – back, front, sleeve, sleeve band and hem. The pattern comes in sizes XS to XL. I opted for size small after measuring the pattern pieces against my RTW sweater. The knit behaved very well. There was no curling or fraying and was lovely to work with. I have said many times this year that one of my aims has been to work more with stretch fabrics and utilise my overlock sewing machine more. This project was a further opportunity to put this into practice.
The sweater basically made up like a glorified T shirt. The only different sewing technique was the funnel neck with is achieved quite cleverly by folding the back neck facing over the front facing and sewing the shoulder seam over the facings. You then turn the back neck facing over and have a beautifully neat sewn neckline already attached and held down by the stitching. Otherwise it is fairly simple setting in the sleeves on the flat and then sewing the sleeve and side seams in one continuous action. The sleeves and hem are finished with bands folded double. The whole sewing process was quickly done on the overlocker and there was no need to use a standard sewing machine for any of the procedures. You could easily cut this sweater out, whizz it up and wear it all in one afternoon. The only alteration I made to the pattern was to adjust the sleeve length by about half an inch.
So that is my final make of 2020 and I’m actually very pleased with it. I think the fact that I wore it straight away is the sign of a satisfactory make and I can confirm it is very cosy as I felt cold when I removed it. I can certainly see me making more of these jumpers including the crew neck version on the pattern. I think it is great that using an overlock sewing machine and stretch fabrics will open up possibilities for making my own t- shirts, jumpers and cardigans as these are wardrobe basics that I wear so much of the time.