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!
Zoinks! I didn’t intend to take such a long break from this blog! Is anyone still out there???
Just in case you are still reading, here is a new completed garment! It’s a Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket!
Well, technically, it’s not really a “new” garment. I have a backlog of completed garments from the past three years that I haven’t blogged. I completed this Tamarack Jacket last January.
I have a ton of fabric scraps saved from previous projects and I thought a patchwork Tamarack would look really cool. Some of my scraps are from my hand dyed fabrics and some of them are solids that I purchased. I decided to go with shades of blue because…I like shades of blue…
It took quite a while to piece all of the scraps together, but I was very happy with the result.
I used organic cotton batting as a filler and navy organic cotton broad cloth for the lining and binding.
I hand quilted the jacket using navy blue sashiko thread. This was my first time quilting and I instantly became obsessed with it! I finished my first quilt after this jacket, but I’ll save that for another post.
Needless to say, I love this pattern! The one change I made was to blend the hem into a continuous line from front to back at the side seam, instead of doing the curved edges that the original pattern has. Also, I really need to add the pockets. I was a little impatient to wear the jacket, so once it was mostly done, I figured pockets could wait, but I sorely miss them.
That’s it for now! I promise I won’t stay away so long this time!
A few weeks ago I joined in the Top 5 of 2013 blog series started by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow. I posted my top 5 hits and top 5 misses of 2013, but I’ve been procrastinating on doing the rest of the lists because I couldn’t think of five things for all of them. I’ve decided to stop being a perfectionist and just post what I have. Continue reading
I just wanted to pop in quick to say that Dharma Trading put up my Featured Artist profile on their website today. I get all of my fabric dyeing supplies from them–they have everything. I submitted my work a few months ago, but I wasn’t sure if/when my profile would show up on their website and then I saw it there this morning! Thanks Dharma Trading! Happy New Year!!
Yesterday I posted my top 5 hits of 2013, and in keeping with the rules of the challenge, today I’m doing my top 3 misses (I could only find three to photograph). I am actually rather happy with all of the garments I’ve sewn this year, but a few of my shibori pieces came out pretty awful. Most of the time when a piece comes out badly I’ll try over-dyeing it until it looks better, but these three just annoyed me. I’m putting them aside until they stop being difficult. Continue reading
I’ve been wanting to restart my blog lately, but I was having a little trouble getting going. I found the Top 5 of 2013 post on Crafting a Rainbow (via Grainline Studio) and thought it would be a great way to get started. Sometimes it really helps me to focus by organizing things into lists–it’s fun in a very nerdy way! In no particular order…
Blue striped drop waist dress: