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Introducing Theodor – Raglan sleeve sweatshirt pattern for kids.

It’s been a little while since the last pattern release, but here it is… a brand new pattern….

This is Theodor a classic easy fit kids raglan sleeve sweatshirt pattern for children aged 1 to 12 years. The Theodor is designed to be made in sweatshirt or jersey fabric with rib neck, cuff and hem trim.

This is part one of a family of sizes which are all coming very soon! The idea for this simple style came about after running my first ‘get to know your overlocker’ class. Everyone attending was keen to carry on with a new project using their overlocker. I wanted to create a pattern that could be made entirely on the overlocker without the need for any other sewing machine. You can of course make this on a standard sewing machine if you don’t have an overlocker. Information is included in the pattern.

A kids raglan sleeve sweatshirt pattern is a great wardrobe stable for children of all ages. It also works perfectly for boys and girls alike.  The pattern includes information about the amount of stretch needed to create your Theodor. The style has a classic crew neck and therefore for some of the smaller sizes the main fabric needs to have a little more stretch. This is to allow it to pull on easily over the child’s head.

Theodor is a great style for adding your own twist. You can play around with contrast or mismatched ribs and colour blocking. I think its a great versatile shape, I have a few hacks coming up to share with you too.

Of course there are plenty of fabric options in our shop perfect for making Theodor. The fabrics modeled here are yellow rainbow print French terry with contrast burgundy rib trim. Turquoise roller skate print on French terry with hot pink rib. Olive green brushed back sweatshirt fabric and grey marl print brushed back sweatshirt fabric trimmed with grey marl rib.

The plain green version is made from French terry with matching rib. We stock a wide range of French terry in 25 plain colours ranging from shades of blue to mustard and grey.  This French terry fabric is lighter in weight than classic brushed back sweatshirt fabric, it has a great amount of stretch ideal for Theodor and a great fabric to work with especially if you are quite new to sewing with jersey.

We also stock 25 colours in two main weights of rib fabric which is ideal for the trim. We have a 240gsm lighter weight which works perfectly with the French terry. The range includes many colours that match the French terry. The heavier weight rib is 500gsm which can be used with the French terry, it also works well with the heavier sweatshirt fabrics.

I hope you enjoy the new pattern. Please share your makes on social media if you feel inspired to. Don’t forget to tag us in or use #releaseyourhandmade so that we can find you.

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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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