Sewing · Sweater

Fair isle Finlayson

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Happy Friday everyone! How was your week? Mine pretty busy and hectic and I’m very much looking forward to this week end – my plan is just sewing all the way through Sunday and try completing the last couple of xmas presents I have to finish. This is another one of them – it’s the Finlayson Sweater by Thread Theory.

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The Finlayson “is a grown up version of the classic hoodie”- it has a cozy boxy shape, cuffed hems and it comes in two variations. “Variation 1 features a unique squared neckline and a stylish shawl collar, while variation 2 includes a roomy lined hood that crosses over at the front to join to the squared neckline as well as the classic kangaroo pocket to protect hands from the elements”. I’ve chosen to sew the first option as I thought it would be easier than the hoodie one for my first try.

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This jumper is for my nephew who sent me a photo of a sweater he liked in a shop asking for a similar one.

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If I would have had the time, I would have knitted it – fair isle style – but time was running very short so I opted for sewing a similar version instead. I couldn’t find for the life of me a suitable fabric here in Australia, and it looks like it’s almost impossible to find in the rest of the world too – nearly no one sells faux fair isle fabric, let alone a knit/sweater weight one. The only one I managed to get my hands on was this Ponte de Roma at Fabric.com – it’s black and white and the print isn’t perfectly clear, but I’m very pleased with it and the quality isn’t that bad either. Score!

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For this Finlayson I’ve cut a size XS as my nephew and I have almost the same size, he being slightly smaller than me, but I’m sure he’s already grown up a bit since the last time I saw him back in August. I’m super happy with the fit and style of this pattern – it’s slouchy and comfy enough without being too baggy and casual.
For the collar and hems I’ve used a plain black Ponte and I’ve also followed the instructions for adding the optional neck facing in a different contrasting fabric. On the TT blog, you can also find a very useful and comprehensive sewalong – the twill tape detail along the collar seam comes from there.

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This print was kind of easy to match – as usual I’ve drawn some guide lines on the pattern pieces and everything lined up very easily at the first shot.

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I love this sweater plus it was a fairly easy project too so I can’t wait to find some decent French Terry and sew one for myself. Any ideas where to buy some? Suggestions are very welcome. I think the clean lines of the Finlayson would make a perfect blank canvas for customization and it would be fun playing with contrasting fabric and more unusual combinations for the collar, kangaroo pocket and hood details – lace maybe? :)

3 thoughts on “Fair isle Finlayson

  1. Thank goodness you said, fairly quickly, you had sewn this, I was thinking you must be some sort of human knitting machine or something to have done such a complicated pattern so quickly!!
    Anyway, on to the French Terry question. I have bought some to make Grainline’s new Linden Sweatshirt and I ordered some from this shop on Etsy. I haven’t actually made the sweat yet but the fabric is very nice quality and she has quite a few designs – it’s not overly cheap but not too bad either considering the apparent rarity of french terry. https://www.etsy.com/shop/landofoh/search?search_query=french+terry&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search
    Hope this helps.

  2. I tricked you uh? This fabric is very cute and i probably have enough for anothe sweater, yay! I had a look at the etsy shop you sent me the link for and I’m already thinking in buying some of their French Terry, and they have other nice knits too. Thank you for your suggestion! :)

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