Sweatshirt Dress

by fangaroni


After successfully creating a trendy sweatshirt using Vogue 8670 pattern, I decided to use it again to create an easy sweatshirt dress. I followed the same steps as I did for the sweatshirt, tapering from size 8 to size 12 at the hips, but instead of cutting the fabric at a shirt length, I just eyeballed a longer length for a dress. 

Closeup of Fabric

Closeup of Fabric

I used a cotton-blend sweater knit from Paron Fabric. While it is very warm and comfortable, I wouldn't use it again. As you can see, the fabric is made of knitted loops - every time I cut the fabric it would cut a loop and white fuzz would fly everywhere! In order to prewash the fabric I had to serge all edges first, otherwise the fabric would unravel in the washing/drying machines! I'd like a pair of sweatpants in this color, but since I've seen similar sweatpants at H&M, if I really do want them I'll save myself the trouble of making it!

 

It was easy to sew up the dress (I just serged everything) but the hem would not stay flat. I think sewing the hem stretched out the fabric, because instead of an A-line dress it became a fluted hem! Similarly, sewing the sleeve hems stretched them out a bit, but that mattered less because it was not too noticeable. I was aiming for a dress similar to Tilly's fabulous sweatshirt dress, linked here, which inspired me to make a sweatshirt dress. She used the Lola pattern by Victory Patterns, pictured below, which many have highly recommended.

                      Lola Pattern by Victory Patterns


                      Lola Pattern by Victory Patterns

                   My Sweatshirt Dress, version 1

                   My Sweatshirt Dress, version 1

The stretched out hem on my version was driving me crazy. Whenever I walked around in it, the hem would sort of flail around and hit the back of my knees at every step. To try and fix this I cut off the hem, took in the sides by many inches (so the skirt wouldn't be so flared) and then serged on a cuffed hem (since using the sewing machine to hem would just stretch it out like it did the first time). And for the most part, it worked!

Sweatshirt dress - second and final version - fangaroni.com

Sweatshirt dress - second and final version - fangaroni.com

The hem was considerably less flared and way more wearable. Since I shortened the dress and sewed on a hem band, it actually turned out a lot like the Lola pattern by Victory Patterns, maybe I should've just bought that pattern in the first place!

Sweatshirt dress - fangaroni.com

Sweatshirt dress - fangaroni.com

Sorry for the headless photo, you can see the hem doesn't lay nicely flat but I'm not sure how to fix that and still have very stretchy hem for easy walking. Maybe I have to wear a slip under it, though that seems a bit silly for a sweatshirt! If you have suggestions please let me know, but this clingy hem hasn't stopped me from wearing it in public and being very toasty! Final thoughts: Make a sweatshirt dress if you want to be very warm, it's like wearing a big blanket!


Winter Sewing

by fangaroni


First post! Welcome to my new blog, where I'll chronicle my sewing and DIY projects, and whatever else crosses my mind!

The foremost thing on my mind these days - the weather! It has been a very snowy and cold (brrrr) winter, and I doubt there are many New Yorkers left who are looking forward to more snow tomorrow!

The best thing I made recently was a sweatshirt. I've seen many designer sweatshirts online (Pinterest especially, search: luxe sweatshirt) which sell for hundreds of dollars. While that's a good price for celebrities, I wanted to be warm and even a bit stylin with my own sweatshirt. This raglan sleeve sweatshirt was cut and sewn in a day, which is a near miracle for me because I tend to sew in small bursts over a long period of time, but I must've really wanted the sweatshirt! The sewing pattern used was Vogue 8670, view B, which I highly recommend if you want a similar shirt. The top is drafted quite long, so check that before you cut your fabric. I made a few simple changes - shortened a few inches, tapered from a size 8 on top to size 12 on bottom, and used a hem band instead of stitched hem. Pattern review is here and here is the link to pattern.

Vogue 8670 - Luxe Sweatshirt - fangaroni.com

Vogue 8670 - Luxe Sweatshirt - fangaroni.com

The best thing about this top? The fabric! It is a really nice cotton-lycra double-knit. I bought it from Paron Fabric, which is my favorite fabric store in NYC. All the fabric is labeled with price and fabric type, and the sales staff is very nice and helpful. They also sell the latest Burda magazine, UK version, for around $12. I bought the Feb 2014 Burda magazine there because there were so many items I liked but just buying two patterns online would be the same price as buying the magazine! I'll reserve my thoughts on the new US edition for Burdastyle, as I paid for a subscription months ago with nothing from magazine customer service...

Sweatshirt fabric closeup 

Sweatshirt fabric closeup 

Both sides of the fabric are really nice (dark grey/blue vs. light grey)- I couldn't decide which side I used both sides for a color blocked look! The fabric is nice and thick and warm, and it lends itself nicely to different styling: I wore a collared shirt under it one day, boots and long necklace another day, on its own many other days... Pretty much wore it nonstop, until I made a sweatshirt dress based on this sewing pattern! That will be coming up in another blog post, if I ever stop wearing it long enough to take photos!