Men’s Sewing: Thread Theory Finlayson Sweater

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I’m back with another attempt to make a reasonable piece of clothing for Brandon. And, I’m getting closer!  This is the Finlayson Sweater by Thread Theory, made up in a charcoal ponte from Joann’s.

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This is my second Thread Theory pattern, the other being the Jutland Pants. Their patterns tend to run small, in my limited experience, so I started by making up the Finlayson in size large for Brandon. He consistently wears medium in RTW, and insisted that I make this pattern in a medium, but the last thing I wanted was to make a sweatshirt that was too small to wear.

Well, I succeeded in not making this too small! But it is a little large. The neckline is really low, and the sleeves are pretty baggy. I haven’t seen these issues in others’ online reviews, so I’m not sure what happened there. The other fit issue seems to be the length. The sweatshirt is longer in the front than in the back. This was really noticeable when I got him to try it on before adding the hem bands. The hem bands helped a lot, though.

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I’ve been approved to try to make this sweatshirt again. He really likes the fabric, and think sit is comfy, just wishes it fit better. Next time I will start with size medium, and lengthen the back. I’m getting closer and closer to making something wearable for Brandon. Slowly but surely…

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Pattern: Finlayson Sweater by Thread Theory in size large
Fabric: 2.625 yards of charcoal ponte roma from Joann Fabrics @ $9.09/yd
Notions: 1/4″ clear elastic
Cost: $23.86 fabric + thread and elastic from stash = $23.86 ($32.48 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 4 hours

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