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Sweatshirt Chic

This drop shoulder sweatshirt has the perfect combination of comfort and chic design. The fit and finish is perfect. It is the quintessential make to kick off this fall’s wardrobe.

When I discovered this unique sweatshirt pattern from Grasser, I knew that this gorgeous Minerva Core Range Polycotton Fleece Back Sweatshirt Fabric would be the perfect choice. It is a medium-heavy weight fabric in a 70-30 cotton/polyester blend which means it is cozy, but keeps you cool. It has slight stretch but holds its shape well which is especially important for an off the shoulder design.

This fabric comes in 32 different colours so your choices are endless and depending on what seasonal colours suit you best you will find the perfect colour choice just for you.

I was drawn to this fabric right away. It has the soft autumnal undertones that highlight my skin tone. Apart from it feeling wonderfully soft, the colour truly makes me feel great.

Ahhh the wonders of wearing the colours that suit you best. Choosing fabrics from my personalized colour palette has taken my wardrobe to the next level. Everything I make coordinates wonderfully, and the options for mixing and matching are endless. If you are interested in what your best colours will be check out Color Guru.

Now, lets talk specifically about this pattern! I have only recently started sewing with Grasser patterns and I am completely sold. There are so many patterns to choose from, each offering on-trend styling. I especially love their selection of knit patterns. They offer minimalist styling that is modern and chic, setting them apart from other knit patterns.

This Grasser pattern is Jumper No. 895. Its construction is very thoughtfully designed and fun to sew. The bodice and neck yoke pieces are all cut out in single layers. The pattern itself only has 7 pattern pieces. It is simple in construction and elegant in design. It features a fantastic drop shoulder with an asymmetrical neckline and a slightly oversized fit. The elelgant finish of the neckline is created with an ingenious one-piece facing that is reinforced with thin elastic so that it doesn't stretch. The neckline, cuffs and waistband can be cut out of a coordinating ribknit, or as I have done, constructed with the same material as the bodice. I chose to do this as I wanted these particular design elements to be more subtle. The construction of the sweatshirt itself is very straight forward and a dream to sew.

Grasser pattern selections are purchased in the size that fits you best. Make sure to check the size chart carefully before you order. As this was an oversized pattern I sized down one size. The pattern pieces come as a pdf and they piece together very nicely. The seam allowance is included and each pattern comes with a template to show you how all pieces are assembled. The English translation is easy to follow. The sewing instructions are clear and the picture illustrations are very helpful. If you have not sewn with a Grasser pattern before I encourage you to try one, you will be impressed.

For this outfit I styled my sweatshirt with a refashioned 1980's vintage leather skirt and a hand sewn shell and satin clutch from the 70’s. I found the skirt in a local charity shop and was immediately drawn to the colour and quality of the leather. It is buttery soft and supple, and considering its age its in great shape; something we all aspire to! I removed the waistband of the original skirt which was bulky and had not held its shape then custom fit the side seams along the hips. Once the skirt was tailored to my shape, I reattached the lining and added a fun gold studded elastic waistband. The skirt is very comfortable and I will enjoy wearing it with a variety of items in my fall/winter wardrobe. It’s fun to restyle quality vintage leather and reintroduce it.

This jumper pattern has a skirt pattern designed to go with it. This skirt is next on my to-make list. I think a sweatshirt fleece outfit will be like wearing #SecretPyjamas and it will be wonderful to wear for errands, lunch and afternoons out shopping for more fabric!


Stay tuned for my next post featuring this dramatic skirt...

After all.... there is Sew Much To Design.

Happy Sweatshirt Sewing,

Lou Sheffer

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