Added Jan 22, 2014
La Mia Boutique poncho pattern #3 from 09/2013
Used a wool/polyester/polyamide blend that I purchased on sale for 8E/m because I wasn’t confident with my sewing of knits to purchase the wonderful wool cashmere knit that I originally wanted. Extremely happy with the end result however. I know…. ponchos are controversial but I have a childhood affection for them and this is so comfortable and easy to throw on over a turtleneck.
As for the pattern and construction: Pattern had a lot of ease. I size into between a 40 and 42 on the LMB chart but the smallest size 42 pattern was huge. Graded the pattern down drastically with no scientific method, as I’m not that experienced. Also, made significant changes… Reversed the collar and created an overlap at the front and I narrowed the sleeves…all this because of the previous grading I had done, and really wanting the project to be wearable in the end. Used a ball point needle to sew this stretchy heavy knit and used an iron on knit stabilizer on the seams to prevent stretching. Used as twin needle to finish the hi lo hem slightly stretching it as I sewed to keep it flat. I did research sewing with knits, seam stabilizing, and twin needle sewing prior and during my adventures. Would love feedback on my unorthodox methods.
Fusible knit stabilizer
Twin needle/ball point needle
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