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Matt’s Wardrobe Refresh: Progress

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We are halfway through Matt’s birthday month so it’s time to update you on the progress I’ve made on his small wardrobe refresh (my plans are discussed here). I began with the simplest of pieces to ease myself into the time commitment since I’m rather rusty at sewing (non-work related pieces) and because my current sewing project for Thread Theory has been very involved over the last couple of weeks.  Easy knit projects were the way to go for the first two weeks of September!

I started with the easiest project of all, the Sayward Raglan.  Raglans are shockingly simple to sew because the barely curved sleeve seams are as quick an painless as sewing a side seam.  There is no worry about the knit stretching out at the sleeve head since there is no sleeve head to contend with!

I sewed Matt’s raglan from some merino and bamboo knit remnants that I had leftover from when we stocked these gorgeous fabrics in our shop.  The bamboo had been used for another project so I had to cut the sleeves across the grain which is a little wierd but Matt doesn’t notice anything different and the fabric was a four-way stretch so it worked just fine. Matt has already worn the shirt for a couple of days and loves the color combo. He gravitates to various shades of grey so it is really nice to see him in a bright red for a change!

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From the tiny remaining scraps I pieced together a matching raglan for Noah so the boys could match during Matt’s birthday dinner last weekend! It was their first time matching…Matt got quite a kick out of it! I just cut apart a stained onesie that was destined for the rag bin to make sure I made the right size for Noah.  The fit of the chest is a bit wonky but Noah grows so quickly he will probably only wear this shirt a handful of times anyways! Or perhaps he will fill out the chest better as he grows.

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My mom was over last weekend so I had a bit of extra energy and spare time since her and Noah have been getting along famously of late.  I used my energy during nap time on Matt’s actual birthday to finish a Finlayson Sweater for Matt so he got not one, but two fresh garments in time for his big day (my ambitions were not that high so I was quite pleased with myself).  Even though I remembered how quick the Finlayson is to sew, I forgot the immense satisfaction it gives me to make.  While a raglan tee is a lovely thing to sew, the Finlayson Sweater is almost as simple but is certainly more exciting!  The neckline facing and shawl collar give the final garment a very polished appearance and it really made me feel as though I’d accomplished a big project (even though it only took two naps to complete!).

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I’ll be sewing Noah a matching sweater with the scraps from the Finlayson project too using this cute pattern by Tuesday Stitches.

Now that I’ve checked off the simple pieces, I’m going to devote spare bits of time in the next week to mend.  Matt’s jeans need a large knee hole mended and, my jeans have just recently followed suit so it will be efficient to mend both of those during our Friday movie night. I’ll also trim the old waistbands off Matt’s Comox Trunks and add fresh ones.

After a week of mending I should be done my long evenings of Thread Theory sewing (and will be sending the completed pattern to our graphic designer which will be the very last stage of development!) and that will leave me with more sewing energy to tackle the more involved projects on the wardrobe refresh list. I’ll be sewing a pair of Quadra Jeans, one (or maybe two) Fairfield Button-ups and then I will be finishing a Goldstream Peacoat that I started for Matt many years ago.  It is my oldest UFO by far…time to change that!

Obviously, the wardrobe update that was meant to take place during his birthday month will be heading into October.  I guess the lucky guy will be getting a very long birthday celebration!

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Styling the Finlayson Sweater for Spring

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Last week when I shared some of the submissions to our Finlayson Sweater Photo Contest I didn’t share Nancy’s beautiful photos of her husband modelling his sweater because I didn’t yet have the right format of photo to share.  These photos are too great not to share so, now that I have the photos, I decided they are well worth an extra blog post!

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Nancy’s husband paired his Finlayson Sweater (Variation 1 but with an added kangaroo pocket from Variation 2) with a leather jacket and tan trousers for a perfect spring outfit.

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I think these photos show how versatile the Finlayson can be because you can see it here sewn up in a cozy and casual sweatshirt fleece…yet look how put together and polished it looks when dressed up a bit with the right jacket!

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Thanks, ever so much for sharing your photos, Nancy (and for re-sending them to me in a different format!), and thanks to your husband for making such a dashing model!

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You can see more of Nancy’s very wearable, practical and stylish sewing projects on her instagram account (@notfancynancy) or on her blog.  I particularly enjoyed her Instagram post about the collar she replaced on her husband’s much-loved field jacket as a birthday present.  She gave the jacket a fresh new lease on life!


Get the Finlayson Sweater sewing pattern here: PDF pattern and Tissue Pattern


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Finlayson Photo Contest Winners

Wow, that was a really tough choice!  Our Finlayson Photo Contest ended at noon PST today and I had a lot of amazing photos to choose from.  Thank you for carefully sewing, wrangling up a model, and taking such lovely photo shoots!

Congratulations to our three winners:

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Mary sewed Variation 1 and took gorgeous wintery photos of her husband, Kyle, wearing his new sweater at Falls Park in Pendleton, Indiana.  These will be the main photos of the Finlayson on our website!

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Roni sewed Variation 2 featuring an eye catching contrast hood lining.  Her brother did a great job modelling!  This will be the secondary photo of the Finlayson in our shop.  Thanks, Roni!

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And, lastly, from the increasingly large and varied selection of Finlaysons on Instagram at #finlaysonsweater we’ve chosen this gorgeous Finlayson (with lots of interesting RTW inspired modifications) sewn by Andrea’s daughter for Andrea’s son and shared by Andrea @fabricepiphanies.  I’ve contacted you via Instagram, Andrea!

While I couldn’t choose everyone as winners for this contest, I must show off some of the hard work you guys went to and the wonderfully wearable garments that resulted:

Finlaysons sewn by: 1. Nancy (view her sewing related blog here) 2. Lily 3. Ginger Luv Designs (@gingerluvdesigns) 4. Rosemary (view here sewing related blog here) 4. Fiona (@somethingnice_blog) 5. Heike (@lillia_flor) 6. Ashley 7. Kim 8. Zoe @zonmatrondoesart

Thank you to all who took part in this contest!  If you are inspired to sew the Finlayson Sweater after viewing all of these versions (I know I am!), head over to the shop to claim your PDF or tissue pattern.

Now it’s time for me to edit and resize the winner’s photos to update our old and not-so-great website shots of the Finlayson…wahoo!


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Finlayson Sweater Photo Contest

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I’d love to buy your very best Finlayson Sweater photos!

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I’ve never been happy with the photo shoot that we did for our Finlayson Sweater pattern and am constantly impressed by the pictures I see popping up of the Finlayson on blogs and Instagram…so I thought that I might invite you to send me your favourite Finlayson photo shoot to feature as the main pattern photos on our website!  Believe me, Matt will be incredibly grateful to be spared the pain of modelling for a fresh Finlayson photo shoot (he detests modelling).

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Here is how the contest works:

  1. Email me at info@threadtheory.ca with a link or your attached photos by March 2nd.  This gives you two weeks to sew a fresh Finlayson or take pictures of an existing Finlayson.  I’ll announce the winners on the blog that day!  All photo shoots must include a minimum of three (3) photos of the same Finlayson Sweater.
  2. Two winners will be selected – one featuring the collared Variation 1 and the other featuring the hooded Variation 2.  The sweaters must be sewn as per the pattern instructions to be considered (no modifications).  Each winner will receive $100 CAD for their photo shoot (which I can e-transfer to you upon announcing the winners and after I have contacted you to ensure I have the right email address to transfer your prize).
  3. Photos must be available for me to purchase in high resolution.  Once purchased, Thread Theory would have the right to edit and use the photos that we purchase as our own.
  4. Keep in mind our Thread Theory aesthetic when taking your photos!  We love natural backgrounds featuring woodland, grassland and mountains.  We love when men smile for photos and act as natural as they can (a difficult task when modelling for a photo shoot!).  Our website images are portrait orientation but we like to have a landscape option as well so we can use at least one photo for our front page banner.

 

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And lastly, a 3rd prize of a $50 credit to our Thread Theory shop will be given for our favourite photo featured on Instagram using #finlaysonsweater!  This 3rd winner will be notified directly through Instagram.

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I look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Thanks for joining in the fun!

Please ask any questions via the blog comments…you will want to be certain you are clear of the contest rules before you go to all the work of sewing and photographing!


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Sweater for my Dad (psst…the sale section has new 30% off items!)

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I sewed my dad a cozy Finlayson Sweater for his birthday last week!

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The main body is the super soft hemp and recycled polyester fleece from our shop.  This is the “Lake” colour but we also have charcoal and a lovely forest green.

The decorative facing at the neckline is a scrap of bamboo and cotton stretch jersey, also from our shop!  I added charcoal grosgrain along the neckline seam allowance as the Finlayson Sweater directions instruct you to do.

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Even with these details, this sweater only took me 1 3/4 hours to sew, including the time taken to cut out the fabric!

It makes such a great gift because the fit is very forgiving and it is so quick to sew…but it doesn’t look like a rushed gift at all.  In fact, the Finlayson can be a very thoughtfully personalised since the neckline can be customised with fabric and ribbon choices that perfectly suit the recipient.

I decided to give this Finlayson purely as a gift with no strings attached – usually I ask him to model for me but I thought he could really use a break from that for once. 😛


 

In other news: I’ve added a number of new items to the sale section of our shop – you will find a variety of tools, fabrics and patterns at sale prices of up to 30% off!  The Finlayson Sweater (both PDF and tissue) is one of those 30% off items!  Enjoy!


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Bring on winter sweater fabrics!

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Cozy mid-weight merinos and ever-so-soft hemp and recycled polyester fleece have arrived in our shop!  They are absolutely ideal for cold weather Finlayson Sweaters, Newcastle Cardigans.

This summer Matt tested out our mid-weight merino sweater knit in the Yukon and northern British Columbia while on a road trip with his uncle.

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I couldn’t resist sharing a few of his stunning photos to get you in the mood for chilly sweater weather!

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He wore a (sewn by me) wool Strathcona Henley layered over a superfine merino base layer (not sewn by me, but could have been using the superfine merino that we carry in the shop) and topped things off with this (sewn by me) Merino double knit Finlayson Sweater:

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Paired with his (sewn by me) Dintex Hemingway Windcheater and a (knit by me) toque he stayed warm and also mobile during frigid early morning walks.  This merino double knit has a black nylon backing which makes it slip easily over woolly long sleeve layers and prevents one from feeling uncomfortably ‘bundled up’.

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We have three merino double knit colorways in the shop right now: Two gorgeously saturated options and one more sedate charcoal grey.  The newest merino double knit is a stunning Nova Red which contains just a hint of warm orange.  We also have restocked Moroccan and Charcoal in the shop which were in huge demand last winter:

 

In addition to these merino blends, you will also find another option within our growing collection of sustainable and rugged hemp knits!  This time, in keeping with our sweater theme, I’ve added three colorways of hemp and recycled polyester fleece.

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This fleece could not be more ideal for the Finlayson Sweater or a classic zip-up hoodie!  The wrong side features an ultra soft brushed nap while the right side is attractively heathered.

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This hemp fleece is available in Lake blue, elegant dark Charcoal, and a very gentle Forest green.

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I will be cutting in to one of these before the end of the month to sew a birthday Finlayson Sweater for my Dad.  I know he’ll be reading this blog post but don’t worry, I already spoiled the surprise by asking him if he would like a Finlayson Sweater a couple of months ago!  If I sew for someone else, I like to be certain that they actually want or need the finish garment in their wardrobe.  He said he would love Variation 1!

Speaking of being certain and confident in regards to your sewing plans, I’ve added Swatch Kits to our shop so that you can feel our fabrics and perhaps show them to the intended recipient of your hard work before committing to buying yardage!

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The swatch kits cost $5 CAD and come with a coupon to give you $5 off of your next Thread Theory order so that your kit will be fully reimbursed.  You can choose any three fabrics and I will pack them up along with our sewing themed coaster and a little note card.

If you’ve been wanting to sprinkle water on our waterproof Dintex fabric, have wondered how our canvas feels, or been unable to choose between interlock and jersey t-shirt knits, the swatch kit is for you!

I’ll leave you with my favourite shot from Matt’s trip up north:

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Have a good weekend!

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