The Nova Sweatshirt by Sinclair Patterns was one of my Make Nine 2021 projects 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. The decision to take this on paid off!
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 it was worth the splurge.
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. The drawstring in the cowl was omitted, mainly because of laziness, 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. From cutting out the pieces to the final construction, I think this took 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. This was made with comfort in mind, so it is better a little too 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.