Are you participating in this month’s #cosycardichallenge on instagram? All you have to do is sew a cardigan and post to instagram by October 31st using this hashtag for a chance to win some prizes. I don’t have any delusions about actually winning, though, since there are about a bazillion other sewers who have entered their kick-ass garments into the ring. I’m still glad to have participated, though, because it was exactly the challenge I needed to motivate myself to finally learn how to use my new coverstitch machine. To learn more about a coverstitch machine and project details, read on (and check out the very end of this post for a cool special offer just for my readers).
Oh, by the way, I cut all my hair off and it feels damn good. Anyway, I would describe this project as a cross between a coat and a cardigan. Thus, it’s a coatigan! I did not invent that term, but it works. The weather today was quite chilly and it was cloudy outside, but I just had to shoot this project like RIGHT NOW. The coatigan did a good job of keeping me warm. The pattern is McCall’s 7476.
I decided to make the maxi length version because go big or go home. I cut a size medium and I am glad I did because I like this coatigan slouchy. The project required 2 and 5/8 yards of knit fabric. I found this sweatshirt knit on sale at Joann’s for $10/yard. So after all of my other materials this project probably ran me about $30. Not bad.
I love the way this coatigan came and I am already planning two more versions. I want to make two slightly shorter versions, one with a faux fur collar and one with no collar attachment at all. I went back to Joann’s the other day to scope out their knits selection but it was no bueno. My local Joann’s just completely sucks as far as garment fabrics go. If you’ve bought any decent knits lately, please let me know where! I was scoping out some options on Mood Fabrics but I may need to wait until pay day if I choose to go that route.
The best part of this whole project for me was learning (finally) how to use my coverstitch machine that I bought last month. I really struggled to figure out how to get it threaded correctly. Isn’t that how it always goes? I already had to bring it back to the shop once to get assistance with threading it. I thought I had finally figured it out, but no. So I had to get my boyfriend to sit down with my machine and figure it out for me (bless his heart) even though he doesn’t know how to sew. He just has a good intuition when it comes to machines generally. So of course he figured out how to thread the damn thing and then I was on my way.
All of my seams are serged. Then, enter the coverstitch machine, which I used to hem this coatigan and to apply the topstitching all around the perimeter of the collar and front bands. I hemmed this coatigan lickety split. It was so amazing. All I did was press under my hem and then I went straight to my machine, no pinning or fusing with tape beforehand. This machine did an excellent job.
So what is a coverstitch? It’s a row or two (or three) of stitching along the front of the garment, and a chainstitch or coverstitch on the underside.
Why is this important? It’s important when you’re sewing with a knit fabric that has stretch and you want the stitch to be able to stretch with the garment. Knits can be so challenging, especially without even a serger. After many years of garment sewing, I was craving that professional finish on my knit projects.
I did use my regular sewing machine briefly to create and attach my large front pockets.
I never realized how much I needed a coverstitch machine until I invested in one. Now, I don’t know how I went on without one. Before I topstitched my front and neck, I did apply some fusible stay tape first so that the fabric would not shift around and so that everything would lay flat. Ok, enough talking, more pictures.
I love how versatile this coatigan is. I wore it casually tonight for my book club. But, you can also jazz it up with a cool scarf to get your Friday night on.
Lastly, I want to talk to you about garment labels. Do you have your own label yet?
Adding your custom made label to your handmade garments is that final, special, finishing touch to really elevate your handmade wardrobe. I look forward every time I finish a project to adding my beautiful label to my garment. If you don’t have your own label yet, I really encourage you to design and order your own labels. In fact, Dutch Label Shop reached out to me recently and offered to give all of my readers a 15% off discount code for any new orders between now and the next 30 days. So if you’ve been thinking of investing in your own label, head over to their website where you can design your own label and have them shipped to you. Remember to use the code seecarmensew15 for your discount. Thank you again Dutch Label Shop for this cool offer!