Sew along poster 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 Tuesday, Sept. 23rd - 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!

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Finlayson Sew Along: Fabric and Specs | Ms. Laing

Finlayson Sew Along: Fabric and Specs | Ms. Laing said:

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Finlayson Sew-Along: Preparing and sewing the collar or hood | Thread Theory

Finlayson Sew-Along: Preparing and sewing the collar or hood | Thread Theory said:

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In the Wild: May the sewing force be with you! | Thread Theory said:

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Candace

Candace said:

Yay! This will be such a fun project. I love the pattern, and could absolutely use the guidance to do it justice.

Finlayson Sew-Along Prizes! | Thread Theory

Finlayson Sew-Along Prizes! | Thread Theory said:

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Finlayson Sew-Along: Choosing your fabric and supplies | Thread Theory

Finlayson Sew-Along: Choosing your fabric and supplies | Thread Theory said:

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jennlaing

jennlaing said:

I’m in- better late than never!

Blog hop with Thread Theory | Snapdragon Studios

Blog hop with Thread Theory | Snapdragon Studios said:

[…] *I showed the TT website to Paul and he chose the Finlayson Sweater.  I am not as speedy as Morgan, though – I’ve got the pattern printed out and I’m slooowly looking for fabric, but someday you’ll see Paul’s Finlayson here.  And obviously if I make one for him I’m totally making one for me, too.  :)  If you’re in the mood for some autumnal sewing, Thread Theory is currently hosting a sew-along for the Finlayson – it starts here. […]

ThreadTheory

ThreadTheory said:

It isn’t too late to join :) The sew-along will be around indefinitely for your use and as long as you submit your photo of a finished Finlayson before October 1st, you can qualify for the contest prizes too! Happy sewing!

ThreadTheory

ThreadTheory said:

He’ll be really glad to hear that! There’s a pretty silly story behind his hair cut – I told him I would trim his hair slightly before the photo shoot so it suited the aesthetic we were going for. He headed to the bathroom to ‘prep’ his hair for me by taking off a bit of the bulk…and I walked in to see he had trimmed down to almost NO HAIR at the sides of his head!!!! EEEEK. We didn’t quite know how to salvage it but figured you can’t really go wrong with a high and tight :P.

Rita

Rita said:

Hi!
I’m going to join this sew along! :)
It is the perfect Christmas present for all my male relatives :D :D :D and I still have time to practice!
Since I’m a novice sewer and I don’t get along well with self imposed deadlines, I might take more time than just 4 weeks, but I’ll manage :)

Lets get started :D

ThreadTheory

ThreadTheory said:

Yay! I’m glad you’ll be joining us! No worries about sticking to the deadline, the sew-along will be up for your use indefinitely :) Great idea to make these for Christmas presents! You won’t have to worry about fit too much because it is such a boxy sweater – as long as the shoulders are a good fit the rest is bound to fit just fine!

sewingangel

sewingangel said:

Yes I will join in this too! Love the studio :D

misscrayolacreepy

misscrayolacreepy said:

I really like the neckline detail on this sweater. And this is very off topic, but I like Matt’s hair!

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