Finlayson sewalong

It's sew-along time!  As the air chills and the idea of standing over a hot iron and sitting indoors to sew once again becomes pleasurable, it's time to think of sewing cozy sweaters!  (Or, in the case of the Southern Hemisphere, it's time to start thinking about light spring sweaters!) We'll begin the sew-along for our Finlayson Sweater on September 1st.

If you are a novice sewer and would like some guidance and reassurance as you tackle your first knit garment, this sew-along is for you!  We'll discuss fabric and notion choices and sources and we will talk about choosing the correct sweater size.  We will photograph, in detail, each step necessary to create the cross-over hood and collar (it's way easier than you might think!).  We will take a look at the different tricks and materials that can make your sweater appear professional and wear well - you'll be able to examine clear elastic, twill tape and other stabilizing choices and I will show you how to apply twill tape (or ribbon) to the neckline to cover all seams.

I'll be sewing two sweaters for this sew-along - Variation 1 and Variation 2...both for myself! Yay!  So be prepared for some girly fabric choices and some fun, feminine additions to this sweater.  Matt's closet is already too full of Finlaysons (he has four already!) so I'm looking forward to adding these to my own!

Without further ado, here is the sew-along schedule:

Monday, Sept. 1st - Choosing your fabric and supplies

Wednesday, Sept. 3rd - Preparing your pattern and fabric

Friday, Sept. 5th - Sewing the neckline facing and shoulder seams

Monday, Sept. 8th - Preparing and sewing the collar or hood

Wednesday, Sept. 10th - Adding the neckline twill tape and sewing the kangaroo pocket

Friday, Sept. 12th - Sewing the sleeves and side seams

Monday, Sept. 15th - Finishing with the cuffs and hem band

Wednesday, Oct. 1st - Your finished Finlaysons!

I hope you'll join me for this sew-along!  If you have any specific requests or ideas that you would like me to include in the posts, please don't hesitate to ask by commenting or by email!

September 03, 2014 — Matthew Meredith