Of course I had to try it out right away. Of course, I didn't pick an "easy" project. I made a fleece yoga top from the November, 2007 issue of Burda Magazine.
It's simple enough to put together. Front, back and straps.
But the fun part was adding a jersey fabric binding at all edges. It's the technique I wrote about here.
I had to do quite a lot of practice strips to get the hang of coverstitching through 2 layers of fleece and 3 layers of jersey. The needles were not consistently picking up the lower looper thread. This is a problem because a coverstitch is an elaborate chain stitch, and any open loop means the whole shebang can pull out. Experimentation revealed that it is important to use heavier needles and pay attention to the tension settings for heavier fabric. Also, using woolly nylon thread in the lower looper produced more consistent results.
Anyway, this is my first effort. Don't look too close. I used scraps leftover from this top for the binding.
|Experiment no. 1|
Then I made another, using fleece scraps leftover from the jacket blogged here for the body, and jersey scraps leftover from the faux-wrap dress blogged here for the binding. It's very cozy. And I did a better job. But I'm not showing you the hem. It's not up to my usual standards.
|Experiment no. 2|
They'll be nice and cozy as an under-layer for curling and skiing ... that is, if we ever get any snow.