09 Jan Wintertime in McCall’s 6802
Happy New Year !!!!
I completed my first make of 2017 just in time for our annual one-inch snowstorm, and if this fabric is wool then I’d like to be a sheep in my next life….
The Armani Oxford wool knit is from Mood Fabrics, and when it arrived I reviewed my order to check the content of this smooth knit fabric.
Was it really wool? What kind of conditioner did this sheep use? Honestly, the texture feels so soft like cotton, but it’s very warm like wool.
I couldn’t resist giving this soft, lightweight wool a chance to keep me warm, and selected McCall 6802 View B to sew.
The underside of the knit is a lighter color than the top and well-suited for an unlined garment, but it was up to me to give this basic, pattern a finished result. My only snag lie in the pocket placements which were very low and large. I eliminated the pockets all together, and now… noticing how this pattern has no front closures, I think the pockets would be a visual distraction.
Because this fabric sews very easily, I topstitched all of seams including the hood,
as opposed to topstitching only the front seams as the instructions state.
The seams are finished with the serger and the facings are narrow hemmed. After completing the pattern, the sweater looked rather plain, leading me to trim the front opening and the sleeves with faux fur from my stash (a gift from my mother over 20 years ago!).
The thought of sewing knits scares many sewists, but this stable knit sews beautifully and is appropriate for many types of garments. I almost made a dress…. I thought about a cape…. a long Eileen Fisher type vest…… a pullover…..
Fortunately the fur-trimmed hooded cardigan fills a hole in my wardrobe and brings a festive spirit to the dreary month of January.
Best wishes and stay warm!!