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Laurelhurst – a great little jacket

We revived a pattern we stitched up several years ago, Laurelhurst. The maker of this pattern has moved to Canada and the shipping is a bit tricky, but we have patterns now!

This jacket is for knits and is what I like to call and “interesting sew”. Her instructions and pictures are clear. Just read it out loud to yourself and you are good to go. (If you want to read more about my construction of this pattern you will find it below the fabric pictures.)

This jacket was a one evening project as all the edges and hems are left raw. It’s a great new trend in working with knits and I love it.

This particular knit is two sided so it was PERFECT for this pattern.

Laurelhurst from Straight Stitch Designs is a great lightweight jacket to be make from a knit.

The backside of your knit will show. Our double knit with a stripe on one side and dobby dot on the other is the perfect choice.

All edges are left raw with no hem so it’s a quick sew.

For a 54″ knit and sizes 0-16 purchase 2 1/4 yards. For sizes 18- 34 purchase 2 3/4yds.

These are the perfect choices for this jacket!

My take on sewing this pattern. I enjoyed the construction as it was a bit different – not difficult, just different.

I was instructed to sew the front to the back at the side seams first. This was to keep me from getting my sweater twisted when sewing the collar. However, if I stitched the side seams first, I would need to sew the sleeve seam and insert the sleeve into the armseye. I didn’t want to sew those side seams first as I wanted to sew the sleeve in flat . I could then sew the underarm and side seam in a continuous line. I just pinned the side seams together and it worked just fine. Once the collar was done, I just unpinned and was able to put my sleeves in the way I wanted.

If you are using a serger, you will want to hide the tails in the serging as there isn’t a hem to catch them down. I just threaded the serger thread tail into a large eyed tapesty needle and threaded it back thru the serging and tied it off.

If you don’t have a tapestry needle which is blunt, you can push your needle back thru the serging with the eye of the needle going first. It will give you that blunt end so you don’t get caught in the fabic.

I’m getting ready to make another one as it’s the perfect jacket for our weather.

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