My husband hasn’t had a me-made article for a LONG time. I bought some bamboo fleece for him last year. This year he clicked through my collection of Thread Theory patterns on my computer. He chose the Finlayson jumper. He liked the roll collar. I had the AO file printed. I don’t do the PDF taping dance anymore.
I measured one of his favourite jumpers across the chest and from the neck to wrist. I used the XXL pattern and took a bit of length from the sleeves. The drafting is excellent and the instructions are good.
But I had dramas with the collar. It took me two goes to get it in the right way. Then I had to unpick the cover stitching and re-do it.
I’m still not happy with how it looks, but for a first attempt it is OK.
Most importantly, my husband likes it and wore it all day on Father’s day.
Pattern – Finlayson from Thread Theory $AUD15.00
Printing costs – three AO sheets $6.00
Fabric – Two metres of charcoal grey bamboo fleece from the Bamboo Fabric Store @$27 per metre $54.00
Total in money – $75.00
Do it again? – Yes, probably with a different fabric. This fleece was not a delight to work with.