Pattern: Burda's Young Burda Fashion Jacket #8042
Fabric: cotton + ribbed cotton knit + Rit's fabric dye
How Sewing Works:
Finally, because this fabric was a gift from a non-sewer, I plan to once and for all explain how sewing works:
<-- Designing doesn't have to be that hard: you buy a pattern (they usually have ugly pictures on the cover), and use the pattern pieces to cut out your sleeves, front, back, etc.
Place your pattern pieces right sides together (so, for instance, lay the front piece on top of the back), pin it in place along a seam, and sew a line down the side. -->
Because fabric tends to unravel at the edges, you can "finish" the raw edge with a second, fancier sewing machine (or one of various other techniques). -->
Basically, you do that enough times until you have all your seams sewn together. You might also have to hem the bottom and make things neat and tidy (OK, I'm skipping a few steps for more complicated things here). But basically, that's it--you have a sweatshirt!
Read my review of this pattern at PatternReview.com.
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