An easy hack for the Lynn sweatshirt.

I made this version of the Lynn sweatshirt quite a while ago, its definitely one of my most worn versions. It is a really simple little hack that I think takes this casual classic into a great everyday essential.

I made this one in scuba fabric which has become quite popular to sew with over the last few years. If you haven’t come across scuba fabric before it has a springy nature, derived from neoprene – think scuba diving clothing! This makes it great for volume and boxy styles.

Originally I planned to wear this with a long sleeve Angie top underneath for extra warmth. I found I have worn it like this with my fav self drafted linen trousers and without any layers more often.

The hack is really simple. I omitted the cuff and hembands, extended the body length by 8cm and reduced the sleeve length by 4cm. These measurements allowed me to turn a deep feature hem of 4cm.

I used a wide zigzag stitch to finish the hems.

Because the cuff hem is so deep I traced the sleeve pattern off, drawing a line for the 3/4 length and folding back the hem. This allowed me to add the little bit of extra width at the edge of the hem so this edge didn’t need to stretch and pucker to fit.

I used lightweight rib for the neck band in plain black. A super quick and simple make that I love wearing.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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