I’m quite the sweater knit hoarder. I have so much sweater knit! It is soft and warm and beyond gorgeous. New Horizons just released the New Orleans Tee and I jumped at the chance to sew up some of my pretties.
There are a variety of hem types, neck cuts, and sleeve lengths on this pattern. First, I tried the ruched tunic length with short sleeves and scooped neckline. I used this coral sweater knit from Simply by Ti.
The sparkle on this fabric is really beautiful without being overwhelming. Also, the sparkle is knit into the fabric so it is lovely to work with and will not shed in the laundry. I was really impressed with how little of it was on my mat after cutting all the pieces.
This sort of sweater knit might not be the best choice for the ruched sides. Totally a seamstress error in judgment, nothing fabric related. It found it difficult to get the sides ruched up.
The pattern has you gather each side seam, then sew over your gathers with a ribbon that is later hidden in the seam allowance when you attach the front to the back. The less stable nature of this fabric meant I couldn’t really gather like I might with, say, a double brushed polyester.
So, I tried using clear elastic but my machine kept eating the fabric because I was so close to the edge. I finally found success by going back to the gathering stitch but attaching a thin strip of woven fabric as I stitched. Success, I could place fairly even gathers! I love learning as I sew and now I know for the future I might prefer to use more stable sweater knits like hacci if the pattern calls for gathering. Looking back, I could have also used a strip of interfacing or even tear-away stabilizer to get through that step.
Next, I did try a hacci sweater knit, this polka dot from Made of Love. I used the same options, except this time I tried the curved hem which is more of a top length. This is a fairly slim fitted pattern so I wore it with some cropped yoga pants and I felt really balanced in it.
Again, I’m loving the scoop neckline! This pattern uses a band method but you could easily change it to a binding too.
Here are the amazing options (line drawing taken from New Horizons website).
New Horizons also just released a skirt pattern too and it looks fab with the New Orleans top. It is called the Bourbon Street Skirt and comes with tons of length options as well.
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