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Pattern Roundup: Garments for Sweatshirt Fleece

Dec 13, 2018
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The Geodesic top from Blueprints for Sewing comes in two lengths: ending at the natural waist without pockets, and tunic length with pockets, as shown. The geometric seaming is based on a geodesic dome. Recommended fabrics include sweatshirt fleece, French terry, and ponte and interlock knits.

Garments made with sweatshirt fleece don’t have to just be a lounge-around-the-house look. Sweatshirt fleece is characterized by a smooth knit right side and brushed, fleece-like wrong side. Often, this fabric has a good amount of body and drapes well. Many pattern companies have created patterns for use with this material that are chic enough for a night out. Some of these garments contain classic sweatshirt details: hoods, kangaroo pockets, and ribbed cuffs and hemlines, while others choose unconventional, modern details. All the warm and cozy garments below are perfect for curling up with a hot beverage, or braving the cold weather to go out on the town.

If you need help working with knits, as many sweatshirt fleeces are, check out Judith Neukam’s “How to Sew Knits” video for tips and tricks for professional garments.

Many ready-to-wear knit garments feature cover-stitch finishes, which can be mimicked with a twin needle for a polished look. Twin needle threading is detailed in the tutorial “How to Thread a Twin Needle,” a Threads Essential Techniques video.

If you’re an Insider, take a look at “Pattern Adjustments for a Full Bust in Knits,” by Louise Cutting, part of Industry Insider Techniques, Volume 4. This video takes you through how to adjust a knit pattern for a full bust.

Click “Launch Gallery” below to view 10 patterns for sweatshirt fleece that defy expectations.

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