I’m a sweatshirt fan – with hood, without hood, zip or not, short, long…. They’re all good. But they’re not all stylish. This one is – it’s the Jasper Sweater/Dress by Paprika Patterns.
The pattern offers a few variations – hood w/collar and optional buttons or hoodless w/collar and optional epaulet, hip length or dress length. I made it with no hood, an epaulet and hip length. My fabric was a poly/cotton sweatshirt fleece with a poly cotton jersey buffalo plaid as trim for the epaulet and pocket welts.
My fabric had some “give”, but really no stretch. It wasn’t the cotton jersey the pattern calls for, but I had a long length that I wanted to sew up for something Christmasy, so here we are. The fit is very good, but getting it on and off is a tiny bit tight. I would suggest going up a size if your fabric has no stretch (common sense that I was missing on cutting day, oops). I made a size 4 in the shoulders grading out to a 6 in the hip which is a typical adjustment for my pear shape. Many patterns are too wide for me in the shoulders, but this one seems perfect – Yes!
I made a couple design changes. First, I cut the collar piece as two pieces instead of one. Then I sewed them together right side to wrong side so I would have the fleecy fuzzy side of the fabric against my neck. OMG – so cozy! I love this! The seam across the top tends to stiffen the upper collar edge a bit more than just folded fabric would be, so keep that in mind if you want to do the same. Then I made the inside of the pocket with the same fuzzy side facing my hands. Love this too! My fabric has the exact same color on both right and wrong side so you can’t see the difference unless you’re very close. The Paprika Patterns site has a fabulous tutorial for making the welt pockets. Seriously – it makes the construction very easy.
I really love this sweatshirt! I’ve been wearing it frequently and I get so many nice comments on it. I’m looking forward to making it in a few more fabrics with the other options (hello hood!).