Lynn hack 10 – A sporty version.

This month I am giving the Lynn sweatshirt sewing pattern a sporty hack. This is a quick hack that adds an extra sporty edge to the simple sweatshirt shape. Having a sweatshirt to quickly throw on before or after exercise is so useful. Especially at the moment during lockdown when most of our exercise is done outside.

Lynn pattern hack from Bobbins and Buttons

How to make:

Start by redrawing the sleeve pattern on a piece of paper. Draw a right angle using the grainline to square from for dividing the sleeve pattern. You could divide the sleeve at any point. I chose to draw my line 6cm down from the under arm point. Cut the pattern out and add a 1cm seam allowance to each piece for the join.

Where you divide the pattern will determine how much fabric you need for the panel. Reduce the fabric quantity you buy by the depth of the contrast panel. For the upper  contrast panel you will just need a piece of fabric this depth. For the sleeve stripes I used the same rib fabric as the bands. I cut this down the length of the fabric. The cuff and neckband can be cut to the side of the stripes on a tubular width of 100cm. You will need to add the additional depth of the hem band to the length of the sleeve for the quantity you buy of rib fabric.

Lynn pattern hack from Bobbins and Buttons

Join the two panels together to make a whole sleeve.

To make the stripes cut two strips a bit longer than the length of the sleeve and 1cm wider than the finished width you would like. I cut my stripes 4cm wide to finish 3cm wide.

Lynn pattern hack from Bobbins and Buttons

Mark where to add the stripes on the sleeve. I find the easiest way to do this is with a pattern ruler but other rulers such a quilt rulers or any with a right angle are good too. Square a line down the centre of the sleeve. Mark 1.5cm to either side (or half of your finished stripe measurement on each side).

To make the stripes ideally if you have an overlocker overlock each side of the stripe. Turn and press the width of the overlocking in. The overlocking acts as a guide where to turn, making this a neat and simple job. If you don’t have an overlocker you can turn and press a 0.5cm seam on each side of the stripe.

Lynn pattern hack from Bobbins and Buttons

Place the prepared stripe over the chalk lines. Pin and stitch using a zig zag stitch in place. You can now continue to make the sweatshirt as the instructions in the sewing pattern.

Lynn pattern hack from Bobbins and Buttons

Lynn pattern hack from Bobbins and Buttons

Lynn pattern hack from Bobbins and Buttons

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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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  1. Long on January 22, 2021 at 3:07 am

    your site is awesome! I have learned so much!!! Thanks u so much

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