Newport Sweater

Another “Itch to Stitch” has hit me. Their Newport sweater/top called my name and I had to answer. Such a great design that can be sewn with sweater knits to lighter jersey fabrics. I chose to go the sweater route with a navy rayon/polyester/lycra/3×2 single brushed rib knit. Now that’s a mouthful.

Two different sleeve option are available and I chose the 3/4 fluted sleeve. This top is so easy and enjoyable to assemble. By my measurements, I cut out a size 10; however, I feel it’s tooooooo biiiiggggg for me. I made a slight 1/2″ adjustment on the pattern at the center neckline on both the front and back and the facings because I don’t like my bra straps to show. I didn’t want such a wide neckline. Even though this top is supposed to be a relaxed fit, keep in mind it’s VERY relaxed and cut accordingly. Next time I make it I will cut a size 8.

Sew….Here we GO!

Get all your tools ready to go to include a nice pair of sharp scissors, or my favorite, a rotary cutter, pattern weights, pins and a new needle in my sewing machine. I used both my sewing machine and my serger for this make. I also took advantage of my walking foot on my machine with a ball point needle for stretch knits.

Remember I said I adjusted the pattern by 1/2″ on both the front and back neckline? Well how I did that was just moved my pattern over the fold an extra 1/2″ at the neckline but ensured the pattern hemline was right on the fold. This will equate to a 2″ total reduction of the neckline.

Next I fused interfacing to the neck facings, overlocked the raw edge of the lower edge of the facings, then pinned in place to the front and back pieces separately with right sides together. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, I sewed the front facing to the front bodice and did the same to the back.

Turn facing to the inside and lightly press. Top stitch the facing to the bodice.

Lay the front bodice on your table with right side up. Lay the back bodice with right side up so that the shoulders overlap each other. Match up the notches on the shoulder. Pin and baste in place.

Set sleeves into the armscyes matching shoulder notch.

With right sides together, sew side seams and sleeve seams.

All that’s left to do is hem the sleeves and bottom and WAAAAAHHH. LAAAAAHHHH! An easy breezy relaxed sweater top. I love the feel of this sweater. This will be a “go to” top for me this season.

One thought on “Newport Sweater

  1. I have the same problem with this kind of overlapped shoulders. I always have to do the same thing to be on the safe side that my bra straps won’t show. Love that ribbed knit, which is another type of fabric I’ve never sewn with.


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