It is getting colder! Or at least it was sort of meant to. So I decided to invest in some warm fabrics and sew up some sweatshirts.
My husband recently bought me a screen printing kit, so this a good practice run for making him (and me) some hoodies. I honestly don’t know why I have to make them before I print on them, as they are so much cheaper to buy, but then again, I seem to like torturing myself with unnecessary, time-consuming things, such as taking apart old clothes to make new ones.
Old to new
Speaking of turning old clothes into patterns for new clothes, that is how I made these sweatshirts. I had one that I owned for almost 10 years. It looked super nice on me and I did love it dearly. It wasn’t even falling apart, but it was starting to look a bit… grubby. Rather than throwing it away, I decided to use the pattern. This involves unpicking tons of overlock thread, which is rather dull and, I find, best done while watching something that doesn’t require too much attention.
As per usual, when unpicking overlocked clothing, all the pattern pieces come out a bit uneven. One sleeve is unlike the other (I completely improvised the sleeve pattern, as they were so crooked), one shoulder is higher than the other… I think this might be why store-bought t-shirts do that thing where they become all wonky after you wash them, with the side seams not lining up with the shirt sides anymore.
All my pattern pieces
So I made the pattern pieces modelled on the original sweatshirt and cut them out of this very thick, very green material.
There are two front pieces, which join above the bust. This gives me the opportunity to put elastic at the top of the lower piece and accommodate for my boobs.
Some progress pictures of the making process
my trusty overlocker doing a good job
front and back piece joined
I sewed the shoulder seams first and then did the sides and sleeves in one continuous seam.
The finished product
So after finishing the green sweatshirt and being rather happy with it, I made another one in this lovely patterned fabric, which is slightly less thick and warm.