Saturday, February 28, 2009


(out of print)

100% Merino Wool Knit
This is a knit fabric with very little stretch. I would describe it as similar to a stretch woven.

Prewash: Dry Clean

Notions: universal needle size 10, thread, Fusi-knit interfacing, stay tape, 1/4" foot
for jacket-size 4 snaps and rayon lining
for top-22" invisible zipper cut down to 19"

I'll review the jacket first then the dress-turned-into a top.

Alterations: I cut a size 10 for the back and a 12 for the front and did my usual FBA.

Construction Details: This is an easy jacket to put together. I followed the instructions with only a few changes.
1. I applied stay tape around neck edge.
2. The sleeves were just long enough so I had to face them.
3. I didn't do a buttonhole-I used a decorative pin instead.
4. Topstitched 1/4" around the edges.
5. Interfaced the hem
6. Bagged the lining

Alterations: Because this knit doesn't have a lot of stretch I needed a pattern for non-stretch fabric. I selected the dress from McCalls 9170 because it has a lot of shaping in the form of vertical and horizontal darts. I did my normal FBA.
The center back seam is also shaped to give a non-stretch fabric the fit of a stretchy knit. The finished center back length for the top is 20-1/2".
Construction Details: I used stay tape at the neck and armholes and a 1" strip of Fusi-Knit to stabilize the seam for the zipper.

I substituted bias strips for the facings.
Conclusion: This is a great trendy jacket that I won't make again but the top is a keeper. The skirt is BWOF 11/08 #110 reviewed previously.

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