Slouchy Goodness

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Have you ever needed a jumpstart to your sewjo?  I find that the perfect kinds of projects for that needed jolt of sewing energy are the simple, chic, satisfying ones.   Nap-TimeCreations, the brainchild of Emily, has the perfect new pattern: The Slouchy Sweatshirt. I tested this pattern in exchange for the final version.  However, this post contains all my thoughts are my own.  Read on and you'll see why I like this pattern.
Size XS

<2 yards of ponte knit
Black serger thread

If you have a name like Nap-Time Creations, then I think it is safe to assume that her projects are suitable for those snips of quiet time.  The Slouchy Sweatshirt can be made rather easily on a serger but if you don’t have a serger, a good ole’ sewing machine does the job.  While this may look like just a sweatshirt, you can make it in a variety of fabrics from sweater knit to French terry to ponte knit.  And the pattern has an elongated shoulder to give it a relaxed “slouchy” look.

I don’t think this looks slouchy at all.  Instead, it could be very upscale in a shimery sweater knit or made to be casual in French terry.  Either way, you’ll have a new shirt in the course of an evening or afternoon.
I used some leftover ponte for the extra small size.   While it fits great in shoulders and bust, my hips are my widest part.  Using the ponte which has limited stretchiness was not the best choice.  It just makes the bottom of the shirt cling to my hips.  Not so bad, just not the most comfortable.
I had a little trouble with my neckband standing up instead of lying flat but I fixed that by folding it under.  This created a boat neck feature (which is covered by my hair -- you'll have to imagine!).  Subtle amping up a basic shirt.  A quick sew to fill your winter wardrobe.

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