SEWING THE SAUNIO BY JESSICA PRIDMORE
What a fantastic start we've had to Project #SewMyStyle. From what we've seen on Instagram you guys absolutely loved the Toaster Sweater!
I am delighted that Jessica Pridmore from Little Miss Lorraine is giving us tips this month on sewing the Saunio. Those of who who don't already know her- why not connect with Jessica on Instagram? Here's what she had to say about fit, fabric, equipment and sewing up the Saunio.
The Saunio Cardigan comes in 3 different sizes, 32 – 36 / 38 – 42 / 44 – 46. I made mine up in the smallest size, 32 – 36.
Because it is only three sizes, it does mean that if you are at the smallest size like I am (32) it will be quite baggy on you.
I ended up taking a couple of inches off of both sides of the cardigan.
I’ve also added a belt which you can find a tutorial for over on my blog in the coming weeks.
I chose this gorgeous jacquard knit from Spotlight. The pattern calls for a sturdy fabric with 30 – 60% stretch to it.
Whilst the jacquard does make it sturdier than a normal knit, it is still quite thin, but I think it still works really well with the pattern.
Other fabric suggestions include boiled wool, cable knit or even a ponte.
I am so proud of myself because I actually sewed this cardigan on my overlocker! The fabric I chose does have a tendency to fray, and I really wanted to start to use my overlocker. The simple lines in this pattern made it the perfect practice piece.
TIPS FOR SEWING ON YOUR OVERLOCKER
Here are a few things I have learnt from the sewing community about successfully sewing on your overlocker.
Go slow! Overlockers have a tendency to go quite fast and it can be easy to lose control of the fabric. Keep your pressure light on the overlocking foot and stop to adjust your fabric as required.
Make it straight. Sewing curves are one of my biggest issues when it comes to sewing with my overlocker. I was given some simple yet so effective advice recently…straighten out the curves before you sew. I cannot tell you how much this advice has helped and made sewing with my overlocker much easier. Gently twist the fabric to the left slightly as you sew to straighten out the curve.
SEWING THE SAUNIO
Construction of this garment is so easy. Make sure you press all your hems after sewing to decrease the bulk (especially important if you are using a bulky fabric.) The facings finish off the raw edges beautifully. I decided to hand stitch my hems for a clean finish, although I could have gotten away with it with this fabric.
NEXT MONTH: LEGGINGS! STAY TUNED!