sweatshirt

Gemma Sweatshirt

I feel so lucky that I’ve gotten to be a pattern tester for Named for the past few years, and this is one of my favorite patterns yet. The Gemma Sweater has really interesting details, including the geometric cut of the front (great for color-blocking!), elastic cuffs, and a drawstring waist.

I’d been saving some old cashmere sweaters for years with the idea of refashioning them one day, and this was the absolute perfect project to use them for. Even though I had three sweaters, they were pretty small and they all had multiple moth holes that needed to be cut around, so I actually didn’t have that much fabric to work with. Luckily in May I’d bought some pink velvet fabric at Stoff & Stil in Copenhagen to use as an impromptu scarf (I’d forgotten mine, it was a cold day, and for some reason my husband really liked this fabric haha) and it went perfectly with the cashmere scraps!

This pattern is so fun to make! It’s like putting a puzzle together. And it was surprisingly easy to get all the points and angles lined up correctly. What took me the longest was definitely deciding on my color-blocking scheme. I actually printed out multiple copies of the line drawing and colored them in to try to decide what would look best.

The only change I made was to swap the funnel neck for binding. I did in fact make the funnel neck first for testing purposes, but with this fabric I prefer the look of the binding. The cashmere was too floppy to hold the funnel properly.

I’m also wearing my favorite Ginger Jeans that I made a year and a half ago. I used Cone Mills denim and they’ve broken in sooo nicely. I don’t have a good before picture, but the color has faded a couple shades and they’ve gotten nicely worn in in all the right places.

In case it wasn’t already obvious, I love the way this sweatshirt turned out! It’s super comfy, but still really fun and unique. Plus the sewing experience itself was one of the most enjoyable and interesting I’ve had in a while.

You can always count on Named for well-drafted patterns with unique details. If you haven’t seen the rest of the collection yet, go have a look!

<3 Lindsay

Quilted Sweatshirts Duo

Quilted SweatshirtsWith the weather finally getting chilly around here I decided to make quilted sweatshirts for myself and Nathaniel: Named’s Sloane sweatshirt for me and Seamwork’s Paxson raglan for him.

With other knit Named patterns I’ve sized down, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that with this one, especially if your fabric doesn’t have a lot of stretch. I made my true size (34) and I’m really happy with the fit. It’s definitely a pattern I’ll be using again! The long darts give it a bit of a slimmer fit than your traditional sweatshirt, so you may even want to size up if you’re planning on wearing it over layers.

The thing I’m not terribly happy with is the fabric. It looks great and the outer layer is super soft… but the inner layer is kind of itchy. It’s not too bad when worn over a t-shirt, but it’s definitely not as cozy as I was expecting. The funny thing is that I got the end of the bolt with my fabric.com order, so I have over a yard of this fabric left. I’m not sure yet what to do with it… maybe pillows since the outside is so soft?

Quilted Sweatshirts

Quilted Sweatshirts

Quilted Sweatshirts

I’m also wearing my “wearable muslin” Ginger jeans. For my first pair, I’m really surprised how well these fit! From my Jamie Jeans experience I knew that there were three main pattern alterations I’d need: shortening the legs, taking in the inner thigh, and doing a swayback adjustment on the waistband. I did all these to the paper pattern (guessing at the right amounts) before cutting it out  and basting the jeans together. The basted fit was good, so I didn’t make any further adjustments.

The denim is super soft, but also fairly lightweight. That would be great for summer, except this fabric has one fatal flaw: it attracts cat hair like crazy. One sit-down on the couch and it’s all over. A lint brush helps a bit, but this fabric is seriously a cat hair magnet.

This is View A: low rise and straight leg. I definitely want to try the high-waisted version next! I’ve ordered some Cone Mills denim from Threadbare Fabrics for my next couple pairs.

Ginger Jeans

Quilted Sweatshirts

Quilted Sweatshirts

The fabric I used for Nathaniel’s sweater, on the other hand, is much softer on the inside. The issue here was with the fit. His measurements placed him at the low end of the size medium, so I thought I’d be fine sewing the size M even though the fabric didn’t have quite as much stretch as called for. Incorrect. Especially since I think Paxson is meant to be worn as a shirt rather than layered on top of something. So it ended up a little tight, but not unwearably so.

The other issue was with the cuffs and hemband. The sleeves (and therefore the cuffs) ended up too short, while the hemband ended up too long and frumpy looking. Luckily these were easy to fix: I cut off the hemband and shortened it, and re-cut new, longer cuffs.

Quilted Sweatshirts

Quilted Sweatshirts

Quilted Sweatshirts

Quilted Sweatshirts

So neither project turned out quite as expected, but I think they’ll get a lot of wear anyway! And they were quick to make at just a couple hours each.

How’s your winter sewing coming along?

<3 Lindsay