I was a little late subscribing to the new digital magazine from Colette at the back end of last year so I missed out on the free pattern.. including The Oslo. At first it wasn’t a problem, but then they were popping up all over, even in the Supermarket! And I needed one to snuggle and slouch in, with so splashed out!
I went down to Dewsbury to Lucky Fashions and spotted this scrumptious knit with an amazing drape for an even more amazing £3 per yard. I snapped up 3 yards and dashed home!
Before the sun set I had my very own Oslo. And boy has it been put through its paces. It’s gone with everything! (as you’ll have seen on MMM15). It seemed a bit daft taking pictures of me in the Oslo for this post, what with all the selfies of me on MMM, so I sweet talked my lovely niece into putting it on for a few photos. That was the easy bit, The hard bit was getting it off her!
I made a large, as per my side, but as you can see, Lucy is no way a large but it still looks fab. Teenagers wear all that oversized stuff so well!
As I mentioned in the title, here’s a tip how I hemmed this tricky fabric!
I was thinking to just run the bottom through the overlocker, turn and stitch. But noo! The overlocking skipped and jumped and did’t like it. That never happens usually!
So I had a think. I’d heard of using interfacing but couldn’t be bothered cutting strips, then remembered I had some wundaweb and thought I’d give that a try.
I stitched it along the edge, just roughly, no pins but guided it close to the edge.
Whizzed it through the overlocker…..
So it looked like this:
Then turned and stitched it….
once it was pressed the wundaweb gave it a really sharp finish…. The right side is pressed, the left hasn’t been.
Just to mention, I didn’t bother with the sleeve bands, the length was ok without them, and i think it would have made them too heavy as this fabric has a bit of weight to it. I hemmed the sleeves same at the bottom.
I also used clear elastic for the first time: usually I just use some trim out of my trim box.
And I top stitched the shoulder seams:
I think these little touches really finish it off and make it look more RTW, or less home made.
Phew….that was a quick one. Lots of pics and not too much writing. Must dash… having to work today so I can have an extra day off next week to watch H play cricket!