Monday, 10 November 2014

Finlayson Sweater

Next one up is the Finlayson Sweater by Thread Theory that I made for my husband. It was his Birthday last month and I wasn't quite sure what to give him. So why not sew something? When I decided to make this sweater I was aware he might not like it at all or that it would not fit. I wanted it to be a surprise, so there was no fitting involved. I managed to get his measurements and sneakily told him that I needed to learn to take other people's measurements for my sewing class ;)

I found the fabric at Fabric Godmother. It is this Roma Jersey and I picked it after I ordered a few samples. It is super soft and I am looking forward to make something for myself from the leftovers! I am thinking mini skirt to go with colourful tights.
I also used some mustard jersey that I got from Backstitch for the decorative facing. Love the colour contrast but not 100% happy with that second seam. Next one will be better ;)

I got the pattern as a pdf and it was pretty straight forward. I struggled a little bit with attaching the collar and as you can probably see, stretched the corners at the front a bit too much. When I am making this again I might get some stretch interfacing to avoid this.

And did he like it? I am please to say he LOVED it!! It is his favourite jumper to date and he got lots of positive comments about it. And no, people did not know I made it! Very happy!

So, I am making him another one for Christmas. I got this lovely and super soft grey Ponte Roma. I am slightly nervous about it. I feel expectations could be rather hight after the first one.

Are you sewing things for your partner, friends or family? Do they appreciate your efforts and do you find it as nerve wracking as I do?

Meet Gulliver the cat


  1. Your sweater is beautiful! I love the style, and the contrast fabric in the back. It looks really great on him.

    I'm a little scared to make something for my husband. So far I've knit him a sweater (that he doesn't wear because it's too short and too hot) and sewn him a vest (that he, again, doesn't wear....not sure why). I want to learn how to make men's dress shirts, but worry that he won't wear them. That's a lot of effort to put in for something that won't be worn. :(

    1. Thanks Nicole :)
      I would love to make a shirt for my husband but I know how much work goes into that and at them moment it's too hight of a risk ;)
      When I made this sweater I picked the pattern that looks similar to a jumper he already owns so I know he would like the design. And also picked a colour that he likes to wear.
      Hopefully you will find something he likes. Maybe ask him to choose a pattern and the fabric?

  2. Gulliver looks just like my fluffy ginger, Oliver:) The sweater looks good!
    So far Ive only made pajama pants for my partner and then I tripped myself up because I was trying to be fancy with french seams and then the pants were too small - oops. I guess I put extra pressure on myself to get things perfect especially if the garment is not for myself.

    1. Yes I know, I do the same and put so much pressure on myself. I find I make mistakes with every single item I make. Learning by doing, right?!