You guys know that I am a little obsessed with the free Mandy Boat Tee pattern by Tessuti fabrics. I’ve probably made it 10 times and it’s still my go to make when I find a cool knit. Well, I decided I needed more, and this time I wanted a sweater version and more of a tunic length with a side slit.
The fabric is some gorgeous maroon crocheted sweater knit that I bought from Paron Fabrics in the garment district awhile back. The fabric is great. I am just kicking myself that I didn’t get the black that they had too.
I sewed up the top with my usual adjustments – lengthen the sleeves to full length and took about a half inch from both center front and center back. I also adjusted the length by about 6 inches in the back and about 4 inches in the front.
I knew that I wanted those high slits on the sides of the sweater that I see a lot in ready to wear right now. To achieve this, I finished each of the 4 side seams separately. Then, I sewed each side seam together leaving a wider than usual seam allowance towards the bottom – about 3/4″. I stopped stitching a couple of inches below my waist and backstitched. Then I pressed the seam allowance open so that the edge was folded back about 3/4″ on each side. I opted to add a bit of lightweight interfacing inside for extra stability but that is optional. Then I just stitched around the slit to finish it off.
I’m thinking that I want to try this technique on the driftless cardigan next. Wouldn’t it be cool with a deep slit?
Before we go can I just say that hats are really hard to pull off. I’ve only managed to wear this out of the house once so far 🙁