I have never sewn Mesh of any kind before this. I was copying a famous lagenlook designer mesh sweater that I already own (but mine is cream).
Purchased at a consignment shop. I would never pay $129 for a sweater like this. And I didn’t have to – dontcha love sewing?!?
I wear it all the time in the summer. Mesh is great – you can wad it up into the smallest ball and then pull out when the air conditioning is too much and it looks smart.
Talk about quick! Serge the seams on the outside and bam! You are finished.
This started out as a simple cardigan cut from my TNT (tried and tested and true) knit tee pattern. I did cut the back by placing the pattern about and 1″ away from the fold just to add enough room for a top underneath.
I used silk sari ribbon ironed flat and sewn on with straight stitch for the button band.
I serged all the seams on the outside with 3 needles, and serged all the raw edges. I did use fray check on the join before cutting off the thread tail.
Well…I cut it much too big.
Sooo, here’s what I did in the back.
I stitched a pleat to take up the extra room. Then since a pleat in mesh is not very appealing, I sewed more silk sari strips down the back and left the bottoms hanging for interest.
Here it is on me. I accidentally cut off my head, but you can see that I’m smiling because I really like this sweater!
The fabric is a cotton mesh from Fabric Mart that I got on sale. Final cost is much less than $129, even including the silk!
Happy Creating everyone!