Basket Weave Sweater

For years I have been wearing my husbands old sweatshirts. They are XLs and while it was great having big shirts to wear while pregnant, I am very much not pregnant anymore so I finally decided to get out the old sewing machine and make them fit me. I had never refitted anything before. I tried to measure my body and draw an outline but it was still really loose and unfitted. After trying different ways to fix it I finally just threw in the towel and traced a shirt I have that already fits well. And, ta da.. a great fitting shirt.

After I finished that I thought it was too boring of a shirt so when I found this website I was very excited. I also really enjoyed seeing that the blogger was redoing a shirt that hadn’t quite worked out, as I was hitting a lot of stumbling blocks myself. It’s always great to see a reminder that just because something doesn’t come together right, it doesn’t need to be thrown out. With a little work things will come together.

So I followed her patter pretty much straight forward. Obviously I used a sweater instead of a tee shirt, although I did use a tee shirt for the weaving portion. Also I used Heat Bond Ultra Hold as my interfacing, seeing as I had some laying around. My experience with it was good, but for anyone going that route, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST! I got the whole weave done then realized that the paper was supposed to be on top for ironing and I had it on bottom. Luckily my husband, being the sweetheart he is, helped me to get it turned over with out destroying it.

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And there it is. My basket weave sweater. Notice that I sewed around the edges of the weave. The instructions recommended not sewing over the heat bond, but I am young and reckless so I did. I didn’t run into any problems although there was some glue build up on my needle I kept scraping it off. I haven’t checked the bottom of the machine yet but I’m hoping for the best.

The one thing I would change on this is that I would use two colors in the weave to make it stand out more. I think a dark blue or maroon would have looked really good with the gray. So, if anyone decides to try out this pattern I want to see the pictures! It is such a fun design.

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