First Sweater- by Kayley Fesko

I had my first baby in January of 2016 and during most nap times I would spend time looking at fabrics online. Always looking. Never purchasing. Honestly, I had no idea what the difference between all the different types of fabric – jersey, cotton, woven cottons –oh my! This is how much of a beginner I am. After endless hours of showing my partner what fabrics I liked, he showed up with a serger and told me to order some fabrics to get started. WHAT?! I have to learn a serger and fabric types all while my baby naps!


I ordered some fabric off of and bought a Brindle & Twig pattern to help me get started. 6 weeks and 10,000 YouTube videos later I worked on my first garment; a crewneck sweater.


I could hear my Mother’s voice in my head to prewash the fabric before I start. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the French Terry did in the washer and dryer. As I started cutting out the pattern pieces I started getting nervous about the neckline and cuffs. Baby clothes are so teeny which is another reason why I avoided making something for my son.


Here it goes! I made sure the serger was set properly and I was ready for my very first stitch joining the shoulder pieces together. I got so excited that I forgot to put the presser foot down! What a disaster! It was a big mess (luckily on a small portion). Seam ripper out. Regroup. Try again with the presser foot down this time! After the third seam I started to get the hang of it and wasn’t as intimidated by the serger noise.


All the pieces were together – arms, waistband, and cuffs were all sewn on. Next was the neckline which I had been dreading. I marked the center front, back, and sides of the neckband and of the sweater and pinned them together with these fancy clips that I had learned about during one of the many online sewing tutorials that I watched. As I started sewing the neckband I realized just how nice the terry and the ribbing actually were.


I held my breath when I finished and flipped it right side out and started analyzing. It looked amazing! I was so impressed with my FIRST serging project and I couldn’t believe how easy it was. What took me so long to start? Now, I’m slightly addicted. Can I conquer pockets? Zippers? Elastic waistbands? I might as well try! There really isn’t anything a seam ripper can’t help.


I’m really interested in creating a capsule wardrobe for my son. A capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe with LESS items but higher quality ones. All the pieces can mix and match to provide a nice fashionable look. This may be my 2-3 year goal but I’m willing to build up my skills to get there.