Lynn pattern hack 4 – Appliqued stripe French terry- tutorial.

This months Lynn hack is probably my fav to date. It was fun to make, it feels creative, stylish and super wearable!

I used part of the beautiful orange blossom print from a Lady McElroy linen blend fabric to create an applique on this stripe French terry. I think it gives the sweatshirt a summer vibe perfect for the cooler days of the season.

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How to make:

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For a shoulder applique make the sweatshirt up following the instructions in the pattern to the point where the sleeves are stitched to the body and the neckband is applied. Leave the underarm and side seams open.

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Roughly cut around the part of print from the fabric that you would like to applique to the Lynn sweatshirt. To make applique super easy you can use Bondaweb paper.

Cut a piece of Bondaweb to cover the size of design you want to applique. It is worth noting that the Bondaweb paper is 30cm wide so if your design is bigger than this you will have to add a piece. My design fell outside of the width by a tiny bit which I decided to leave as I felt I could manage this small area.

Bondaweb heat seals to the fabric. Place the Bondaweb, paper side up to the back of the fabric. Using a dry iron on a medium heat iron the paper until it seals to the fabric.

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Once the paper is bonded securely to the back of the fabric carefully cut around the edge of the design.

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Place the design on to the garment and put a few pins to hold in place. Try the sweatshirt on to access if the applique is in the right place. Mark a few edges with chalk so you can place it back in the same place once you have peeled the paper off.

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Peel the Bondaweb backing paper off and replace the design where you want it. Iron again with a damp cloth until the applique has sealed to the garment.

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This is now securely fixed to the garment making it really easy to applique. I used a narrow tight zig zag stitch in a tonal green shade to applique the design in place.

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Complete the garment following the remaining instructions.

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Applique is a much quicker process than you think it will be. I love how it has transformed this humble sweatshirt pattern into something quite special.

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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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