The Wardrobe Architect’s Classic Sweatshirt

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I love a cosy sweatshirt so jumped at the chance to make the new Classic Sweatshirt pattern.

This is a raglan sleeved sweatshirt that comes in two lengths. It has contrast ribbed cuffing and a loose, boxy fit.

I chose to make the longer version and it’s such a snuggly length, it came out a lot longer than I was expecting but I really love it! I’m always borrowing my husband’s sweatshirts for lounging in but this is a much better option. I think it would work well as a warm layer for exercise or walking. The contrast cuffs, neckband and waistband lend the sweatshirt a sporty feel.

I made mine in some super snuggly quilted jersey from Doughty’s. [https://www.doughtysonline.co.uk/quilted-jersey-grey.html] This fabric is so beautiful! It’s two layers of jersey with some batting sandwiched between for warmth. The right side is grey with little orange dots and the wrong side is stripy! I love that the insides of this sweatshirt are really fun. For the contrast ribbing I used a black ribbed jersey also from Doughty’s. [https://www.doughtysonline.co.uk/cotton-poly-heavy-rib-jersey-black.html ]This jersey has a plush reverse, which is super soft. Unfortunately I couldn’t take advantage of this as I used it doubled over, wrong sides together, for the ribbing. I think an entire sweatshirt out of this fabric would work well too and would be really cosy.

I know that this sweatshirt will become a wardrobe staple, it’s neutral enough to fit seamlessly into regular rotation. The style combined with the cosy fabrics mean it will get a lot of wear and I’m sure it will quickly become a favourite.

I made this entire sweatshirt, including cutting out, in a single evening. I sewed up the whole thing on my overlocker. The instructions say to topstitch the neckband seam allowance down, but I skipped this step as my jersey was well behaved and I didn’t think it needed it. I love a quick overlocker-only make. This project is a great palette cleanser. It’s quick to sew, easy to fit and definitely the comfort-food of sewing!

Jenny x

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