The making of our Fair Isle jumper

By Justine Tabak

The making of our  Fair Isle jumper

 

A big thank you to all our friends who came to see us on Wednesday night, we had a great time celebrating our Justine Tabak X Wallace Sewell jumpers. After working on our fair isle jumper these last few months, we were excited to unwrap our first delivery and see them look so at home amongst the beautiful weaves at their colourful shop.
I wanted to share with you the 'making of' the jumper, from Scottish yarn to knitting in Oxfordshire, here we present the back story......

Justine x

Way back in April, we started researching by looking at traditional fair isles patterns and then created a slightly more modern geometric version in keeping with the Wallace Sewell aesthetic. Emma Sewell created a digital pattern and then we adapted this into an 'in the round' knitwear design. The soft lambswool yarn came in a huge array of colours, so many to choose from! We finally decided on a refreshing tangerine and a soft mint melange, unexpected, and a modern twist on tradition.

               

Our knitwear manufacturers are based in Oxfordshire. They are a lovely family-run business who operate in the most beautiful surroundings, look at their view!

Here are our mint fair isle jumpers knitting on the machine. The yarns including the contrast colour is fed down through the electronic needles and the jumper appears like magic at the base of the machine. These pieces are knitted in the round, meaning that there are no seams and we have a continuous pattern over the shoulders, something that is unique to this traditional design.

                   

Once they come out of the knitting machine the jumpers come out with quite a dry handle and need to be softened.  This finishing process involves washing, drying and lightly pressing to create a beautiful soft hand feel ( and not at all scratchy! ) 

Here our tangerine jumpers are being quality checked, folded and packed up to be sent for distribution and on to you!

 

Emma and I first road tested our jumper samples when we went walking in the Lake District earlier this year. We decided that these samples were a size Medium ( fitting loosely on a size 10 -12 ) it's really important that we try out our clothes first before putting into production so we can see how they perform and how we like the fit. And once we're happy, of course we see how the jumpers look on our real models! 

These are a limited edition and sold here online or in the Wallace Sewell shop at: 
24 Lloyd Baker St, Islington, London WC1X 9AZ



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