It's been extra windy in the UK recently so it seemed like making a cosy sweater was a good idea and I managed to get pattern/fabric and some small windows of time in the week before storm Gareth kicked in. This is view A of Simplicity 8529. This is the Simplicity licenced version of Peggy's Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater; slightly different from the original - the shoulder line is more dropped on this version and the neck construction uses another method. It's a quick and satisfying make, I wore this all through last week!
I made size S as that was closest to my 33" chest measurement, my only alteration was turning up the front and back hems by an extra 1/4". The fabric is a double layer Italian cotton jersey which I bought from this eBay seller who offers a sample service. I found the samples incredibly helpful when choosing and successful for the seller too as I bought another knit fabric that I hadn't noticed as well as this one. This has two layers of 100% cotton jersey held together by stitches like double gauze. It's soft with moderate stretch and good structure and suited this style. It was also easy to cut and sew as it lies relatively flat.
I decided to sew this on my Bernina 830 record using a Bernina walking foot, 80 ballpoint needle and Gutermann Sew-All thread. My overlocker doesn't cope that well with bulk and the double layer does make for some thick seam intersections so I sewed some trial seams and ended up using a small zig-zag for the seams (1.5 width x 1.5 length), and a bigger one (4 w x 2.5 length) to encase the edges, trimming after I sewed. it worked really well with neat stable seams and it does show how you don't need an overlocker/serger to sew knits! I used a seam stabiliser tape on the back shoulders up to the neck curve and a double-needle for the slit hems, see here for tips, although a long straight stitch could also be used as the hems aren't put under strain.
The funnel neck is warm without being restrictive and the clever facing method creates a neat finish. This pattern was a great project to fit into small spaces of time: once it's cut out it comes together very quickly and the end result is satisfying. I might try the shorter banded version with my remaining jersey fabric...
Joni is taking up most of my free moments and I need to be very vigilant about not letting her into my sewing room unless she's sleeping to prevent her eating fabric scraps. I've been keeping her busy with lots of socialisation opportunities and learning new tricks. Puppy life is rather hands-on but she's a fast learner and we've been getting out and about on the lead.