For some reason I have been procrastinating over writing about this sweatshirt. I wrote in my last post that I am catching up on writing about garments I’ve made over the past year. I made this sweatshirt about a year ago and I think that might be part of the problem.
When I first make something, all of the feelings and details are fresh in my mind, but after a year they are a little hazy. I guess that’s a good reminder to keep up with blogging about things as I make them!
What I do remember about the process of making this sweatshirt, is that it was frigid in NYC for what felt like forever and I just felt cold all the time. I wanted to make the warmest, coziest sweatshirt I could imagine. That meant a longer length to cover my hips and butt, a funnel neck to cover my neck and long cuffs with thumb holes to cover my wrists and hands.
I used the Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt pattern, with some adjustments.
I lengthened it about 8″ and widened the hem band to 4″. For the funnel neck, I kept the existing neckline, but instead of the neck band, I cut a rectangle of fabric as long as the neckline measurement (plus seam allowance) and as high as what felt comfortable under my chin (I think about 8″). I attached the funnel neck the same way I would attach a neck band.
I doubled the length of the cuffs and added a thumb hole.
I repurposed ice dyed sweatshirt fleece from a cardigan I had made but wasn’t happy with, along with scraps of sweatshirt fleece from other projects.
I serged the smaller pieces together until I had large enough pieces to cut out the pattern.
Worked like a charm! I am no longer shivering. This sweatshirt is so warm and cozy, it feels like wearing a blanket. It has become part of my regular rotation and I love it!