When I went to the sewing expo with Sigrid and Clare back in September, we all purchased some lovely fabrics and I went for this pretty lime green wool and cashmere blend. This is a great colour and goes so well with chocolate brown, navy blue, black and I guess you could even wear it with white. Those of you who are experts in colour, will no doubt see other possibilities too.
Can you see the fabric peeking through the neck edge of the jacket. This is some more of that lovely spandex mix knit that I made some other tops from, see here and here. At the moment I am thinking of another cowl-neck top again, but this time with long sleeves.
If you are anything like me, you probably hold your breath when inserting the sleeve into the armcye. A tip I picked up on a sewing course I went on was to use the inside of a tie (which is cut on the bias) and stitch it to the sleeve head, stretching as you go. The bias causes it to shrink. Sadly it didn't shrink quite enough so I had to still had to sew two row of stitches which I then used to gather up the ease. Next I pinned in the the sleeve smoothing out the gathers to avoid any pleats of puckers as these would show up on a plain fabric.
This is probably as far as I shall get tonight, and I will need to make an early start if I want to sew tomorrow as we are babysitting our beautiful GD tomorrow, but so far this is a fairly easy pattern to put together.
Adjustments: The nice thing about these patterns is they have kindly marked the cutting lines for sway back, and full bust adjustments etc. I cut a size 12 and after doing a tissue fit, I found I needed to add an inch to the bust, adjust for my sway back and I added a little to the upper arm of the sleeve (clearly my biceps are larger than the pattern allows for).
Notions required are:- 18" zipper for the front and 2 x 7" zippers for the sleeves. 1/2" shoulder pads and the usual thread and interfacing.
Stop by tomorrow, fingers crossed this jacket will be finished.
Catch you later.........................