We’re over the moon to bring you this guest post from Sewing Bee contestant, teacher and designer, Angeline Murphy. For her Simple Sew review, Angeline chose to make the Classic Sweater in this bold, blue fabric. Scroll down to discover her top tips for acing this on-trend pattern!
Simply Sew Classic Sweatshirt Pattern
If there is one thing you need to do before the year is out, it’s sewing a jumper! I recently made the Simply Sew Classic Sweatshirt in a comfy cobalt blue soft jersey fabric. I finished the hem with a knit ribbing cuff which made it super easy and quick to finish.
Furthermore, I used my Janome Air Threader Overlocker to stitch up this entire jumper. Stitching together a jumper with an overlocker makes it super quick and offers a neat, professional finish.
Here is my step by step guide to sewing the Classic Sweatshirt Pattern.
1. Cut out your pattern pieces. I used scissors to cut out my pieces however if you have a rotary cutter and mat then you can use this method as well.
2. I used a ribbing cuff to finish off my hem so I didn’t follow the hemming cutting guidance on the pattern.
3. It is an incredibly simple pattern to follow so once you have your piece cut out you are ready to assemble.
4. Start by attaching the sleeves to the front pieces and then similarly attach the other sleeve.
5. Join the sleeves pieces together and match the seam at the armpit.
6. Once you have stitched up the arm sleeve you can now attach the neckline. Take your time marking the center and quarter points off your neckline. This will offer you a much more even gather and finish.
7. Once you have the neckline joined you can attach the cuff. Firstly, fold the cuff in half leaving only one raw edge. This raw edge will attach to the raw edge of the jumper sleeve. Join and overlock closed.
8. Finally, you can attach the hem ribbing to your jumper.
To finish your garment topstitch along the edge of the jumper neckline.
You can make this jumper in two lengths. I choose the longer length as I love an oversized cozy jumper. It is very on-trend at the moment.
Truth be told, I haven’t taken this jumper off my back since stitching it up and I have received so many compliments on it. I am already thinking of making it in a beautiful winter red colour – anything to add some colour to my winter wardrobe.
Top tips for sewing with jersey:
1. If you have an overlocker – use it for a jersey project. It leaves a professional finish and you will save so much time.
2. If you don’t have an overlocker then make sure to use a ballpoint needle with your jersey project.
3. If your machine came with a walking foot and you haven’t used it before please do give it a go! You will thank me later 🙂
4. Use a zig-zag stitch on seams that will receive some wear and tear/stretching and pulling. These include your neckline, your cuffs, and your waistband.
I would highly recommend this project for your autumn/winter wardrobe. The time it takes to make this jumper will far outdo the time you will have it on your back!
Construction Time: 2 hours
Ease of Construction: Easy/Beginner
Stylish: Most definitely
Search for bold jersey prints and pair it up with a plain knit ribbing hem and cuff detail. The style possibility is only limited by your imagination! Go make it and remember to tag me with your result. I want to see your take on this simple jumper.
We hoped your loved this pattern review from Angeline. For more top tips and pattern inspo, check out the latest posts from our Simple Sew blogger team.