Sunday, December 18, 2016

McCall's 7194 - Borderprint Sweaterknit Top w/ Asymmetrical Hemline

The temperatures outside have dropped dramatically. Time to break out the wool sweater knits! This fabric fades from dark gray to marbled red and back again, and I knew I wanted something simple to showcase it. I chose McCall's 7194, which I'd seen several awesome versions of last winter.



I made view D with the bottom band of view C and cut a size M. This pattern is drafted to be very fitted and my fabric doesn't have a ton of stretch. The fit is perfect at the top, but I had to add some darts in the back to give it the semi-fitted silhouette I was after.


I used the solid gray portions for the bottom band and neckline. The middle of the top I lined up with the middle of the red marbled section so that the shoulders, lower arms and lower bit of the longer side were fading out to gray as well. I used a twin needle to finish off the sleeve hems and overlocked the inside edges. The neckband I overlocked and topstitched down.


This fabric is from Mood Fabrics and I used two panels with some left over. There's a bit of it left but as of this writing is is "almost sold out". It is fairly soft and doesn't irritate my skin in the least, although it definitely feels like a wool. 


This was a really quick garment to make. I don't think I'll be using this view again but I'll definitely be revisiting the pattern, maybe in a thinner knit with the flouncy ruffle. 

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I have put this fabric in and out of my cart so many times... :-)

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    1. Thanks Jenny! It's unique but a bit pricey. The width might allow you to get away with only purchasing one panel if you maybe incorporated a second fabric.

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  2. Gorgeous as always! I am always amazed at people's use of (and frankly, their ability to find cool ones!) border prints. If I ever found one I liked, I'm not sure if I'd do it justice.

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    1. Well, they can be tricky. I have Pinterest boards devoted to border prints and what designers do with them. Thanks Splintersnstitches!

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  3. Well done and well thought out....border prints can be tricky

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  4. I'm a huge fan of border prints and I love what you have done with this one. The darts you added in the back (not that I can see them!) give it a great fit.

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    1. Thanks Allison! I don't mind a boxy top usually, but this fabric really stood away from my body and I didn't think it was very flattering.

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  5. Great looking top and the fit is spot on. I'm always afraid to order knits of this type online. Thank you for describing this one.

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    1. I did get a swatch, so I knew what I was getting in to. Thanks Cennetta!

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