One of my #makenine2021 that I cheated on and actually made over the Christmas break. It’s ok though, because I love it so much, I want to make another.
In all of my years of sewing, I have never made anything out of knit fabric. This was on purpose because it scares me. I like easy sewing and so the thought of knits stretching out while stitching just didn’t seem like something I wanted to battle with. But man, am I glad I decided to!
I found the Nova Sweatshirt pattern by Sinclair Patterns and instantly fell in love. I liked the raglan style and the pattern comes with so many options, I knew that it would be one I’d use more than once.
For this one, I chose the cowl neck and kangaroo pocket version. I ordered some really nice bamboo French terry from Black Rabbit Fabric, based in Pentiction, BC. The bamboo terry was a little pricy, but I am so glad I splurged.
The pattern instructions were pretty easy to follow and construction of the garment was super easy. I opted to rely on my serger (one thing I now love about sewing with knits) for most of the major seams, with some simple stretch top stitching on the kangaroo pocket. I omitted the drawstring in the cowl, mainly because I’m lazy, but also because the only thing drawstrings do in my life is get lost.
It was a pretty quick sew so I didn’t event get any progress pics. I don’t remember how much time it took, but I would say from cutting the pieces out to final construction, maybe 2 hours. I always struggle with sizes when I sew things. I usually pick the higher size to accommodate my curves, but then things end up too big. Anyway, it didn’t really matter with this one, as it is made for comfort, so I didn’t mind it being a little big.
I am beyond thrilled with the final product. It is super luxurious and ultra cozy. It is the perfect piece for my work-from-home pandemic wardrobe. AND, it washes SO well!
Next, I will make the plain raglan sweatshirt (no hood, no pocket) version. And will likely size down to get a more fitted sweatshirt.