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Made By A Fabricista: Sweater Knits Done Two Ways

As we head into Autumn one of the things, I look forward to is the cooler weather clothing.  The layering, sweaters and warmer fabrics are always fun to play with and gives me so many options!  When I saw this Black Hacci Sweater Knit with random dots I could already envision making something nice and cozy with it. 


When it came in, I fell in love with its soft hand and drape. I immediately started to think of vintage men’s knit shirts from the 1950s and 60s. To work on my rendition, I used the Oliver shirt from Sinclair Patterns.  This polo/ hoodie pattern gives you a both of options including sleeve lengths and if you want to make it a regular polo or a hoodie with a placket.  I decided to go for the long sleeve version with the cuffs as I could see that as something I could easily wear for work or out running errands. 

This was my first time working with this type of fabric and I will say it was a fun adventure.  I had to keep my nail file at the ready while sewing because the fabric would catch on any unevenness.  I even could have used with some tissue paper of my cutting table while I was cutting because it literally stuck to my cutting table due to all the cuts and scratches on the mat.  I had to use extra precautions to make sure that all the fabric was caught into the seams as this slippery fabric tended to roll even after pressing.  Overall, this was a quick make with nice finishing of the collar and neckline with bias binding tied into the plackets.  I decided to keep this polo without buttons as I didn’t want to tempt fate trying to put buttonholes in this fabric because I totally sensed my machine would try to gobble it up even if I stabilized it.  The result is a very nice polo that has a good place in my wardrobe with trousers or with jeans. I thought I was done….





But then I was scrolling online….

I don’t know how I came upon this pattern from La Maison Victor but once I saw It, I was thinking I wonder how that would look in a sweater knit to make it a bit more upscale.  More than anything I was trying to understand how the pattern worked and since I still had some fabric left, I knew I had to try it! Overall, it’s a basic t-shirt but the front piece is folded in such a way that it adds this flap detail.  I quickly cut it out and made sure I marked all the notches, so I knew what went wear. Once I got that down packed it was pretty easy and I put it together like a regular t-shirt on my BERNINA L860 serger.  The nature of this fabric is that it is hard to get a good crisp press so I had to do a bit of work to keep that pleat detail strong in the front and it will require a little arranging to make sure that it will lay flat across the neckline, but it was a fun different make!  Here I styled it with black denim and red accents and an oversized safety pen as a little accent.  I can also see this under a moto jacket with jeans and boots for a bit of interest as I go out in the evenings, and it really transforms a regular t-shirt.  It is always fun to try something new because it gives you a chance to explore different silhouettes and styles that are out of the box for yourself! 


JULIAN  @juliancreates


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Comments

  1. I enjoyed your post and found it fun & informative... I didn't really know what a hacci knit was, or what one could do with it, so thanks for filling me in! Nice pieces- I'm impressed :-)

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  2. Nice job! Your glasses match both sweaters!

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    1. i have a whole glasses wardrobe for this purpose :)

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  3. Beautiful choices. I know how soft this fabric is, I bought some last year for a cardigan and it's my go to for fall weather.

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  4. I love the dots. I sew a lot of mens clothes. Finding patterns crazy. I know this sounds crazy what I am about to type. I just recently taken womens patterns and turn them into Men's. I do it more for the outerwear and hoodies. Love your taste....

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    1. that is a great idea! I have decided that whenever I purchase a pattern its genderless in my eyes and in my hands

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  5. Looks great! I like the neck opening, esp. Thanks!

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