I think Autumn is my favourite time of the year and what better way to start off my autumn sewing than with a comfy sweater. I’ve wanted to make the Sheridan sweater by Hey June Handmade for a while now after seeing so many great versions in the sewing community and I love the details on this sweater, the balloon sleeves and the neckline add those little unique touches that take a basic sweater to something a little more glam.
You have a few different options with the Sheridan from a cropped or high hip sweater to changing the neckline to a neckband and a variation on the sleeves. It's an easy pattern to follow with great instructions so would be great for beginners and those of you new to knit or jersey fabrics. You need to be choosing a jersey with some stability such as a French Terry or a sweater knit for example and avoid anything lightweight.
Fortunately, Lamazi have an amazing selection of Mind the MAKER knit fabrics that are perfect for this pattern. The style of the Sheridan is perfect for showing off a textured knit fabric such as their Organic Leaf Jacquard Knits, Organic chevron quilt knits, Organic Nep Sweat Knits, Organic Wave Jacquard knits or the Bark Jacquard Knits, these fabrics are so easy to work with, wash well and give that added interest to an otherwise solid colour which show off the details of this pattern perfectly.
Organic Leaf Jacquard Knits
Organic Wave Jacquard
Organic Chevron Quilt
Organic Bark Jacquard
I chose to make my Sheridan from the Mind the MAKER Organic Bark Jacquard Sienna on Dune. This fabric comes in 5 colour ways so narrowing down my choice was difficult!. It’s a beautiful medium weight knit with a gorgeous texture to it, the stripe runs parallel to the selvedge but I decided I wanted the stripe horizontally in the finished sweater so cut my pattern pieces on the cross grain. If you choose to cut on the cross grain you always need to make sure with a jersey fabric that there is enough stretch on the cross grain so it will still fit. This fabric has slightly less stretch on the cross grain but I knew with the loose fit it would work fine.
This was a fairly quick make, the instructions tell you to interface the neckline facing pieces but this fabric is such good quality that it wasn’t necessary. I think it took me about an hour and a half to sew this up, the most time consuming part being gathering in the sleeves and attaching to the cuffs to make sure those gathers are evenly spaced.
I absolutely love this sweater and can’t wait to make another, I just need to decide which of Lamazi’s jersey’s I’m going to choose for my next version.