Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Boucle sweater knit - what a great fabric discovery!

While places in the world with seemingly endless fabric choices (Hello America) have probably been sewing with this for ages, it's a new discovery for me. And I love it! It is boucle sweater knit from 'Fashion Fabrics Club', which I found while choosing my prize for the Pattern Review jeans contest.

The fabric is the weight of fleece and is slightly fluffy inside like fleece. The outside is textured a bit like towelling and it's soft and cosy and fabulous. I've made a jumper and a jacket with my, almost 2 yard, length.

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For the jumper, my inspiration was this picture (above).

I used the Briar t-shirt pattern as the basis for this. I lengthened the front and back and lowered the front hemline curve. I made the neckline higher, drafted long sleeves and added cuffs and a hemline band in black ponte.

Simple to make and cosy to wear.

With the remainder of my fabric I made a jacket using my old favourite Jalie 2795. I used black ponte again for contrast on the shoulder pieces, collar, cuffs and hip band.

I have made this pattern up many, many times. It's a great pattern but, in some of my versions (adult and child versions), the jacket was a bit short. 

Jalie 2795
This time I added 5cm to the length of the jacket. I left the pocket openings where they were so I have lovely, deep pockets in this jacket.

I also added some piping for a bit more interest. It is made from a knit remnant from Potter's Textiles and is just a folded strip of fabric, not real piping. I'm not sure if I love the piping, but it's ok. It's a bit hard to see but I doubled the cuff length. I can fold the cuffs down to the tops of my fingers on cold days.

I bought a longer zip so it would fit the new jacket length. This one was from Spotlight.

You can see the boucle fabric quite well in this picture, although it doesn't really do it justice. Oh yes, I also did a bit of quilting on the shoulder panel. 

Jalie patterns seem to have lots of little tricks for getting a great finish on garments. These pockets, for example, are so easy to make with the excellent instructions provided.

This is just the best jacket for wearing inside and out in Perth's cooler weather, where the houses are often colder inside than outside. Heating, what heating?

I've had this finished for a couple of weeks and have been wearing it non-stop. I'll certainly be looking out for more of this fabric locally in the future. I hope I find some!


SewTypical said...

Very Nice! that jacket is fantastic...
Thanks for the link to this great fabric, too

fabric epiphanies said...

Both look lovely. I do recognize that jacket pattern. Seems like I am not the only one to love it!

Andrea F said...

Great work Megan, they both look lovely and warm.

Unknown said...

I love both tops but especially the hoodie. I just purchased that pattern a few weeks ago. I can't wait to dive in. Your hoodie looks amazing. Your site is always inspiring me!!!

Judie said...

Love both the top and the jacket. I'd love to get some of the fabric, but have no idea how much the shipping would be. If you don't mind me asking, how much was your shipping? Thanks.

Sue said...

Love your jacket and the fabric - your contrasts look great!

mags said...

Great makes, especially the jacket, love the details, so professional.

Anonymous said...

AAgh, I keep losing my comment! I love both these makes, and the fabric is divine - the sort of thing you might find in The Fabric Store, but I haven't seen any in Perth. The piping on the jacket is inspired - it lifts it to another level.

Megan O said...

Thank you. I'm pleased you like the fabric.

Megan O said...

Ha Ha! I nearly mentioned you in the blog post as the other number 1 fan of this pattern!

Megan O said...

Thank you. They sure are!

Megan O said...

What a lovely comment - thank you!

Megan O said...

Hi Judie, the shipping was very expensive. It cost about the same to ship as it did to buy the fabric. I bought $150 worth of fabric in this order and paid $135 shipping. Ouch!! I didn't know how much it was until the package arrived. It might be ok if you only buy a little bit, but I'm not sure.

Megan O said...

Thank you x

Megan O said...

Thank you. The clear instructions certainly help!

Megan O said...

Ooh, it sounds like a fabric shopping spree over east might be required. Care to join me?!

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Both garments are fantastic. The boucle knit fabric looks great. I have seen boucle knit fabric on the Knitwit website and have considered ordering some. I think I might just do that now.

Megan O said...

Oh my gosh, Knitwit is only 20 minutes drive from me and I ordered from America!! I've had a look at theirs and I'm not sure if it's the same. Knitwit's looks like knitted wool while mine is more like bobbly fleece. It's hard to tell though and the Knitwit stuff looks gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

This is such an awesome post – thank you so much for sharing thispattern making idea!

Unknown said...

That's not just your ordinary jacket!

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