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.
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.
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.
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.
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.