In my endeavour to make
only mostly practical and useful clothing I drafted a trial pattern for some everyday sweatshirts for the colder months. As I intended the design to have a dropped shoulder I started off with some very simple shapes, and then to add some detail altered the hem to create a gently curved dip which is accentuated/mimicked by curving the side seams towards the front.
My first attempt was cut out of some coral sweatshirting picked up in a fabric sale in town. I still feel like a novice when it comes to working with knits, so each project is a little experimental – trying out different methods to get the best results. Sweatshirting and french terry seem like a fairly easy way in to working with knits as they are far more stable, which my machine (and I) seem to find easier. As a result, they are also less stretchy which posed a problem when it came to the neckline. S has a particularly large head which meant that there was no way I was going to get away with not having some kind of extra opening round the neck. For my first attempt I added a keyhole opening at the back of the neck and used a thin strip of fabric to bind the opening and the neckline. The keyhole opening is fastened with a popper. The solution broadly worked and the finished article went over her head comfortably but felt a little bulky and didn’t sit particularly flat even after pressing. Also, to my alarm the pattern pieces that I’d cut aiming for a generous fit turned out to be fairly snug with not much growing room.
The monochrome leggings in these photos were made with a cozy knit fabric similar to ponte weight. I made a second more muted pair using the reverse of the fabric. Since purchasing my overlocker last year making leggings has gone from a battle that didn’t seem worth the effort to a satisfying half hour project.
For the second version of the top I increased the size of the pattern and tried to make an improved neck opening. This time I created a closure along one of the shoulder seams and used snaps to fasten. Again I struggled with the bulk at the bound edges by the opening, and whilst it looks fine on the hanger this method sits even less flat on S -grrrrr (any ideas on how I could have done it better gratefully received). Still, on a more positive note, I doubt anyone will be looking at the slightly curvy shoulder seam of a top that is covered with gold lightning bolts.
The fabric is loop backed 100% cotton terry in dark grey bought on ebay. I stencilled the design on in gold Setacolor fabric using my usual method (paint sponged on over a stencil made from a sheet of acetate/OHP film).