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Saturday, 24 October 2015

The Fraser Sweatshirt - Finished!

Over the past couple of weeks I have patiently been sticking together PDF patterns, tracing out pattern pieces and cutting out fabric in readiness to sew up a few new items for my winter wardrobe. My boyfriend has been struck down with a nasty bout of shingles and so is spending most of his time resting in a dark room, which also houses my sewing machine, so whilst twiddling my thumbs all alone of an evening I have been getting my sewing fix from prep work! This weekend I have managed to sneak a few hours sewing time in now he is feeling a little more like himself and from the nice little stash of things I built up ready to sew, the Fraser sweatshirt was the first to come together. I even made it just in time so that I had something to wear to work the next day now the weather has dipped in temperature. And so with three compliments from work colleagues as soon as I took my jacket off in the morning I present my new Fraser Sweatshirt.

The Fraser sweatshirt is one of the new patterns from Sewaholic and you can make it in three views, View A has a contrast yoke and sleeve panels that come to a point at centre front and centre of the top of the sleeve. View B has a plain front and three quarter length sleeves - and this is the one that I have sewn. View C has a sewn in collar detail with short sleeves. You can mix and match the sleeve lengths to make up many different styles but this is how the different versions are shown on the website.
My quilted black jersey fabric is from the Fabric Godmother and when I last looked they still had some left. This online shop has quickly become one of my new favourite places to buy fabric but if you blink you can miss the good stuff. The fabric is thick and feels luxurious and soft. It is of a much superior quality to the fabric I used on my last sweatshirt, the Capital Chic White Russian which I have almost worn to death - and the fabric really hasn't stood up to the test of time, but I guess that's what you get when you buy something unknown from EBay! I am also hoping this fabric will be much warmer so it will be more useful when it gets chiller.

I have not normally worn that many sweatshirts in the past but I am really coming to love them. They are so versatile, can be dressed up or played down and can look rather chic. And this one was so quick and easy to make up I think I can sew up a few more to add some good basics to my winter wardrobe. It took all of four hours to complete, one of which was spent remonstrating with my overlocker, and I feel the end results were well worth it.

Fit wise it is a closer fit and shorter in length than my Capital Chic sweatshirt but I like the snugness of it. I can't comfortably fit more than a vest top or t-shirt underneath but as long as the fabric withstands the chill it should get a lot of wear. It sits nicely on the top of the hip and especially in this black fabric it looks quite smart I think.

Putting it together was easy. No setting in of sleeves, its all done flat, and you don't need an overlocker to make it. The pattern is made entirely to sew on a sewing machine which is great if you don't have an overlocker at your disposal. I did still use mine to finish off the edges but my fabric tended to fray a little so it looked neater inside. You could however just zigzag stitch or use an overlocker foot on your machine. This is also the first time I have actually used stay tape. Having seen my last sweatshirt stretch slightly out of shape I suddenly realise how important this is in the construction process. To use it you cut the tape to length, omitting the seam allowances on either end of the seam, you then position the tape on the wrong side of the fabric, in the middle of the stitch line (so a little away from the fabric edge) and only on one side of the fabric before sewing the shoulder seams together. This makes for a really sturdy unstretchable seam. An important step in making jersey garments I realise and one I shall not scrimp on in the future.

Similarly to the Capital Chic sweatshirt you use the self fabric for the neckband, waistband and cuffs. It means these bands aren't super elasticated but I actually prefer them when they are this way. It also saves having to buy additional ribbed material and I actually think it looks more modern like this.

All in all I love this pattern and would recommend it. Now on to the other gems I have waiting in my stash....Happy sewing everyone!