This is one of my sweatshirt jackets that I have made. Some people call them foundation garments as the jacket is made on the base of a sweatshirt. This particular one is my scrap Halloween jacket. I used scraps from various halloween projects including some 4 year old paper-pieced pumpkin blocks. You can see on the sleeve an embroidered skeleton that I think looks great on the sleeve.
Sweatshirt jackets are great because they illiminate cutting a pattern and they fit like a comfy sweatshirt. You can really do a lot of different fun things with them for relatively little cost.
The long and the short of this method is:
- buy a sweatshirt that is one size too big for you and has set-in sleeves.
- cut off the ribbing around the sleeves and bottom. I leave on the top until the end.
- cut it apart on the seams and down the cetre of the front.
- make fabric somehow to cover the sweatshirt pieces.
- baste the fabric onto the sweatshirt pieces.
- quilt the pieces.
- trim away the excess top fabric from the sweatshirt pieces.
- sew the sweatshirt back together and over-cast the edges. Make sure that the jacket has a nice fit.
- you can either bind the edges witha bias or turn the fabric to the back and top-stitch.
As always please feel free to leave me comments and let me know if there is anything that you would like to see.