In Part 2 Maggie takes us step-by step through the making of her shawl, modifying the sewing of Simplicity 1098 view C [Amazon affiliate link] for use with sweater knit fabric. Missed Part 1? You can read it here.
- A walking foot [affiliate link]
- Pellon Easy-Knit Fusible Tricot interfacing
- Zigzag stitch to sew the pieces together
- A straight stitch for the darts
- A double needle and straight stitch to finish the edges
The next step was to sew the two main pattern pieces together. To attach the pieces I used a zigzag stitch to allow for a little stretching and movement, as the seam falls in the middle of the shawl and will likely experience some pulling and stretching.
Next, I sewed the dart in each piece using a straight stitch. To avoid the “bubble” that you sometimes get when finishing off a dart I did not backstitch, and instead tied off the ends.
Now it was time to finish the seams. I did quite a bit of experimenting with this step. I played around with a blind hem, which I am a huge fan of, but ultimately found the finished product to be a bit bulky and it was difficult to keep the fabric I was working with running in a straight line as I sewed.
So, I decided to stick with what I know and use a double needle and straight stitch. I folded the stabilized hem in half, making a ½" seam allowance and pinned. I was a little nervous about not catching the hem underneath, but only had an issue in one spot at the curve around the collar which was easy to fix.
Another idea I flirted with was mitering the corners of the shawl, which I think would have given it a nice, smooth look on the corners. However, after a little experimentation I decided that for my first project, it was just a little bit too much to try for. Instead, I took a look at some of the blankets I have around the house and studied how their corners were finished. I decided that trimming the corners and folding them over, while not the prettiest finish on the inside, would be a good idea for this first go round. I must say that while my finishing technique won’t win any awards, it’s not bad for a first try and I don’t think anyone else would ever know the difference.
|Maggie is a sewer and blogger living in North Carolina. She has known how to sew for as long as she can remember but admits to not being very good at it until just a few years ago. Maggie continues to learn something new every time she sits at her machine. Owner of UpSeam by Maggie, where she make handbags and wallets from upcycled fabrics and notions, Maggie also loves to share her knowledge and projects with others on her blog Miss Maggie Makes.|
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Last update 22Apr2016