Digital Pattern Library || Belted Sweater
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My surplus fabric supply had sweatshirting in abundance. It must be an accumulation from making that questionable scoliosis jumper paired with the joggers I whipped up for my partner, momentarily forgetting he's 6'2"; resulting in some ankle swingers for him, and wonderful oversized loungewear for me. To be fair, sweatshirting is probably my go-to because I will always choose comfort over style (I shouldn't admit that) yet the beauty of being a designer led me to combine the two and put the scraps to great use. A design which resulted in an influx of requests from friends and family for me to make more, which is why I have been forced to provide a made to order service on this design. I'm not complaining though, it's an incredibly addictive garment to wear and can be created in a surprisingly small amount of time! So if you want the jumper for a snippet of the price by downloading the digital pattern, read on for your tutorial:
STEP ONE - PREPARation
This garment used about 2m of fabric and also required an overlocker. However do not despair if you don't have such luxuries at your fingertips, simply swap your domestic machine settings to a zig-zag stitch. If you do have a fancy pants overlocker then always run a scrap piece of fabric under it to check the stitching. I also used the straight stitch machine to baste my pieces together. Sweatshirting is easy to work with, but due to the nature of stretch fabrics it's always best to ensure precision and piece them together first. When using a straight stitch on stretch fabrics, ensure it's on the longest length possible - a short stitch will snap. Finally, fuse all required pieces. Be aware there are different types of fusing suitable for woven and knit. Here I have obviously used the knit appropriate fusing.
STEP TWO - PLEAT THE SLEEVES
Match the notches as illustrated on the pattern and pin in place. This will form two box pleats. Baste a 0.5cm allowance.
STEP THREE - Sew up the sleeves
Match the sleeves right sides together down the sides. You can see how I have run the fabric under the straight stitch before feeding through the overlocker.
STEP FOUR - ATTACHING THE CUFFS
Press cuff along the fold line before stitching up the side.
Turn the cuff out and match notches to the sleeve. Stitch and press.
STEP FIVE - CONSTRUCTING THE BELT
Next sew the belt pieces together. With right sides facing, I have only fused one side of the belt piece due to the fabric being fairly sturdy in structure, if you choose a lighter material, be sure to fuse both pieces.
As the belt is fairly long I used a 60cm ruler to push the corners out to achieve the desired neat squared-off shape. Be gentle when doing this and ease the fabric into the corners when bagging out.
To finish the belt, press before edge stitching along each side not forgetting your sewing machine's dial should be set to the longest stitch length.
STEP SIX - JOINING THE BODICE
Sew the shoulder seams together.
Match the belt between the lower two notches on the side of the bodice. Fold the lengths of the belt into the centre (you can even tie them to keep them out of the way) before turning the bodice right sides together and pinning up to the top notch leaving space for the sleeves to be inserted. Stitch. Press.
Step Seven - Inserting the Sleeves
Start by lining up the underarm seam with the side seam and the sleeve will fit into place. Pin, Sew & Press.
STEP EIGHT - NECKLINE
Again, I have only fused one of the two pairs due to thickness of the fabric, but if your material needs the extra structure then fuse both pairs. Sew the front and back together at the shoulder seam, press. Place on top of each other right sides together and pin. Sew together before turning right side out and pressing. I also went on the edge stitch this too as seen below.
STEP NINE - ATTACHING THE NECK TO THE BODICE
Once more match at the notches and sew. Press.
The hem of this jumper has been left raw however should you wish to add a facing this has been included in the digital download pattern. Simply match the facing to the bottom edge, stitch, press and understitch.
The belted sweater with pleated sleeve and oversized neckline.
Again, this pattern is currently a UK Size S and will fit dress sizes 4-8, though please don't feel excluded, as I intend to grade this design and publish more sizes when I have a moment to do so. As mentioned these digital pattern library designs are created for my personal wardrobe. At this point I would like to thank my amazing intern Tasha for digitising the pattern for you guys! To download the pattern, purchase below and open with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can then print on a normal domestic printer and be sure to share any creations through any social media platforms just tag us in!
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