With my unintended 60cmx150cm and scraps of nylon backed merino knit, I was determined to make another garment. I am incapable of throwing away 60cm of fabric.
In an an earlier fabric buying excursion, I had purchased nylon backed merino in a fetching maroon shade, because 1. I had not sewn with nylon backed merino knit before and suffer from fabric curiosity, and 2. The fabric was a mere $8NZ per metre. (Global Fabrics, Dunedin). When I gleefully reported my fabric score, the more knowledgeable (that would be Mary Nanna) cautioned me that nylon backed merino can be absolute rubbish (although she may not have used that term), with a lower price generally indicating the rubbish end of the spectrum. Just last post, she commented that her nylon backed merino had shredded after just a few washes. Aaaagh!
I tried really hard to find some other fabric to pad out my 60cm oversupply, but just do not have a sufficient stash to cater for this sort of problem (He,he) I will just have to buy more fabric.
I had to use the cheap, and probably rubbish, nylon backed merino. It is much more stretchy, thinner, and has less robust recovery than the brownish-grey expensive stuff from the Brisbane shop (The Fabric Store), so I used as little as possible, and cursed it every time it rippled in the seam, which was frequently. It will probably shred after a few washes and ruin the garment, but I prefer this option to having a useless 60cm length of expensive fabric leer at me from the stash for the next 10 years.
This is what I came up with from my old favourite Jalie 2795.
Alterations to the pattern include a zip facing, having the merino side of the fabric against the neck on the collar, eliminating the sleeve cuffs, reducing the depth of the bottom band and using a contrast bias binding to cover the neckline seam.
I have previously only made this jacket in Polartech 200, and as the nylon backed merino is far less bulky than the Polartech, the jacket is a little too big - particularly in the collar.
It will be just fine for a warm up jacket, but it reminded me strongly of this.
Vintage Men's 1970's tracksuit, photo credit here.
Being a child of the 70's, this amuses me, but I find it very ugly.
Maybe it is a good thing that this is likely to shred after a few washes.