What? Me again? Yes. I finished my Linden today (straight 18 out of the envelope). But not without some hiccups.
Matching the stripes went well. And putting together the body was pretty easy. What tripped me up was the neck binding. I found it too short. Like way too short. For some reason the binding didn’t feel as stretchy as it should have been. I checked the length against the pattern piece and it matched. I’m at a loss as to why the binding didn’t work. I didn’t have much fabric left so I had to cut a new one a scrap in the bin. It ended up being too long (of course!) but I finally got it good enough.
Another goof came when I realized I cut two left sleeves. Oh, bother. Again, luckily I had enough fabric left to cut another sleeve, but it would be shorter than the other. Hence 3/4 sleeves.
I spent a bit of time making sure the stripes in the shoulders matched. Too bad it was the back side. D’oh! The front doesn’t look bad. Just not as awesome as the back. Next time I am adding a tag to the neckline so I can differentiate between the front and back. And not be lazy and take time making sure the stripes match well on the front and back 🙂
The Linden sweatshirt came together quickly, but not as quickly as I imagine for others. For the first time I used my serger to sew a garment. I only use it to finish seams. I found it very tricky to make sure both edges got serged. Quite often I had holes where the serger missed the edge of the fabric. Does that happen to other people? Maybe I was using a smaller seam allowance than 1/4 inch? Also, I found it frustrating to sew in the round. Should I be constructing in a different order, say, attach the bindings/hems/cuffs flat and then go from there? Goodness, I feel like I am learning to sew anew!
I would so appreciate some knit sewing tips and/or references because I’m a bit stumped at where to go from here. I’d hate to take a long time to sew such a simple top (especially when I want to make a bunch). Or maybe I’ll get better with practice? My, I am just full of lots of questions this evening.