Custom Printed Sweatshirt

Not sure if working remotely is causing a slow backslide of my fashion sense, but I am all about this sweatshirt.

Pattern: McCall's Misses'/Men's Tops and Hoodies #6614 
Fabric: 2 yds Drake Sweatshirt fleece in heather grey from Stonemountain
Cost: $30

The text says "seamstress for the band," the lyric from Elton John's Tiny Dancer and, in my opinion, a great graphic tagline for a sweatshirt. I think I saw it on a ready-to-wear jacket and just couldn't get the idea out of my head. For this project, I borrowed my officemate's Silhouette Portrait machine and bought some heat transfer vinyl and went to town. I think the knife on the Silhouette needed to be replaced though because after a good start I ended up needing to cut out the rest of my design by hand. Despite my troubles, I have always wanted some sort of Silhouette or Cricut machine and now I think I may have to do it because I'm addicted. It is just small enough that I think I may be able to justify it in our cramped space.

The sweatshirt is McCalls 6614, a unisex pattern for raglan sweatshirts and zip-ups that I've had on hand for a while. I ditched the princess seams and just cut the zip-up on the fold for this simple look. The sleeves also have darts at the shoulder, which is a nice touch. My only complaint is that this pattern is definitely sized for a man - both the sleeves and the body were loooong. Luckily, that is easily fixed. I probably could have also found matching ribbing for the cuffs and collar but this is just in the same fabric.

Of course, with a little extra left over I got carried away and, before I knew it, the dog had one, too.

Hers features another song lyric, this time from Jay-Z: "99 problems."

I have been very interested in fabric design and printing lately. I just designed my own Oakland-themed pattern and had it printed on sports lycra from Spoonflower. It is AMAZING. I am fascinated by being able to design something all my own, from fabric through sewing. In fact, I have an extra special fabric print coming up next week to show you!

1 comment:

  1. I got a Cricut for Christmas! I've yet to use it for anything 'real' (which is embarrassing, a little) but I've played with it and it's SO MUCH FUN. I think it might come handy for cutting perfectly-one-width bias binding, actually, as long as you don't mind seaming many shorter pieces.


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