As part of the Tartan Craze collection, I have to make several more. Today I'm going to show you I sew a V-neck sweater.
I can't draw patterns with measurements, please check April's wonderful blog where she explains in full detail how to draw one.
This is my first real tutorial, so be patient and, as always, comments and advices are more than welcome!
Material: a sock, thread, needle, pins and velcro.
Let's get started. The sock, I'm showing the pair but we'll need only one:
I'm going to use the upper part for the Torso and the foot for the sleeves (I'm trying to be frugal with fabrics!)
I usually use a cotton pattern drawn by me or some useful piece of original IT clothes for measurements:
Mind to leave seam allowance and cut the rear in the back (I will add velcro to close the rear of the sweater. I don't want to risk ruining the guy's beautiful hairdos!)
Wool is everything but a firm fabric so before starting to wipstitch I stitch the torso with pins and try it on the doll (Alessandro obliges again as our model)
It looks fine, so I'll wipstich the whole lenght, then fold around the neck and sew it with the smallest stich I can manage, then assemble the front.
Now I'll asseble the whole torso, starting from the shoulders
then the sides,
and last I'm going to fold the bottom to the desired lenght.
Now it's time to work on the sleeves. First I cut the heel and toes of the sock foot.
Then I take the lenght of the sleeve on Alessandro's harms, shape the the sleeve with pins and then I cut and wipstitch them.
then fold the cuffs.
Now let's sew the seam (before we model the shape and then reproduce it identical on both sleeves).
The hardest part to figure (for me) was how to sew the side seams: first turn the sleeves from outside out, and place them into the torso (which is still on the inside out)
fix them with pins and then sew them toghether
Let's turn the whole sweater outside out. Now we just have to sew some velcro on the back.
Alessandro is satisfied, now he wants his new trousers!