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ADDING YOUR OWN STYLE: Rainbow Chestnut Sweater

Adding Your Own Style Fabric Review How to Sew with Knits Pattern Review Pin & Sew Makes Sweatshirt Fabric

Hi I’m Sue (@dogsinstitches_and_me)  and I love to add a touch of me to all my makes! My favourite way to do this is with appliques, a pop of neon colour and with trims. If you follow me on Instagram you will know I am a colour lover.
When I saw this gorgeous sparkly Rose Gold Glitter Sweatshirt fabric on Pin and Sew Instagram feed I knew I had to have some as it would look fabulous with pops of colour.
Before I started my sewing project I photographed my beautiful fabric with some ribbons, appliques and threads to help me decide what to make. My first idea was to make a dress with nude pink ribbon detail as I love this colour combo, but then I spotted my rainbow applique, neon threads and pink and yellow ribbons (my favourite colours) and a project was inspired - a pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow!

I decided to make one of my favourite patterns - Cocowawa Crafts Chestnut Sweater so I could use all of my colours and ribbons on my sparkly rose gold fabric and I knew the colours would look fabulous on the oatmeal background.

This beautiful medium weight sweatshirt fabric is a very stable knit, so perfect for this pattern. The fabric was a joy to cut out, I used scissors and pins, but held the edges together with some wonder clips so I would not waste any.
I sewed my sweater using a size 80 Schmetz jersey needle, a walking foot on my sewing machine and a zig zag stitch 0.5 width and 2.5 length as suggested by the pattern. I used my overlocker to finish the edges. This is not necessary as it doesn’t fray much, but I find this makes it easier when I come to topstitch. It sewed beautifully and made me smile with its sparkliness.
My applique ironed on really smoothly using baking paper and a pressing cloth to protect the fabric. I always ironed on the reverse or under a pressing cloth – don’t want to lose those sparkles!

For my cuffs I chose to use a pink cotton ribbing I had in my stash, again this added a bit of my personal style. I decided to make the waistband in gold as I already had my funky ribbons, topstitching and rainbow applique, though I was tempted to do the waistband in yellow!

When sewing gold and topstitching I have often used a Gutermann Sulky thread with a normal thread in the bobbin, but for this project I decided on using pink and neon yellow for twin needle topstitching to match my ribbons. I set my stitch length to 3 and again used a walking foot. I used a Schmetz size 90 Universal twin needle as the fabric was quite stable. When I top stitch, I wind the second colour onto a bobbin and place that on my additional spool holder and it runs off really smooth.

The Chestnut sweater is a great pattern for adding your own style to, you can use different sized bows, different colours, different coloured cuffs and waistband and of course add a fun applique. It only mentions topstitching the neckline and back facing to hold it in place, but I think my choice to topstitch round the cuffs and waistband too makes it feel extra special.

I love this gold fabric so much that I think I need to make a dress and am already thinking of a pattern hack idea I have that will involve frills and bows!

Happy sparkly sewing!

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