My blog is about easy things to make. Quick things to make. I’m super impatient and want to see the finished result like right now. This paisley sweater was made from a sewing pattern and is a little more complicated than my usual DIY items.
You need: –
- a pattern
- matching colour thread
- sewing scissors
- sewing machine
You do: –
You can see from the comments on my pattern (see above) that I had made it before. I always make notes so I know for next time. Love green. Love paisley print. That can only mean a – paisley sweater.
Place your pattern on your fabric. I usually try to use as little fabric as possible so play around with the layout.
As you can see I cut the front facing from a piece of non-stretch fabric. It helps the neckline keep it’s shape. Turn your pattern pieces inside out and sew along the inner sleeves. And along the shoulders and sides.
The next step was to add the sleeves to the paisley sweater. I always pin the sleeves and then fit. You have to be careful not to get poked by pins but the sleeves must go in the right way or you have to unpick and re-do.
The sleeves might not be an exact fit. It happens. Make sure the bottom and top of the sleeve fit the bottom and top of the armhole. Then pin the rest of the sleeve in place. You might have to “ease” it in. As in gently pull one side of the seam.
You now want to sew the facing. Pin it right sides toward each other with the facing on the outside of the garment and sew in place. As with sleeves, sometime you have to juggle the fit a bit. Luckily the facing on this paisley sweater worked fine.
Now it’s time to press the garment. It opens seams and makes for a good finish. It also helps with a facing in particular to get a nice flat neckline.
Flip the facing over so the wrong sides are toward each other and the facing is lying inside the sweater. You should press the facing flat.
You can leave it at that or sew around the edge of the facing. Top stitching helps the facing stay in place.
Have a fabulous green week.