This sweatshirt was mostly inspired by the fabric. I found this grey & white stripe 4-way stretch sweatshirt material at Savers. A huge piece (probably about 3 yards) for $4.99! Score!!
Another idea for this grey stripey fabric was a long maxi skirt. I really like the coral one that I made, but I think this fabric was a little heavy. I would hate to have it be so heavy that it falls right off every time I have a student at school pulling on me and my clothes to get my attention! Being skirt-less is NOT a part of the private school uniform! ;-)
So I decided my best bet for this thrifty find was a sweatshirt. I had pinned an inspiration picture awhile back (again it was teacher bud Sarah, I owe you girl!) This sweatshirt looked easy enough at first, but I ended up making mine a little differently in the end.
- About 2 yards stretchy sweatshirt material
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
- 2 buttons
- Needle (for hand sewing the buttons)
1. Cut a piece for the back. I cut the neckline a little higher than my pattern piece, I am not sure why it was so low on the pattern, but I am glad I cut it where I did. I think it helped hold the collar up in the back.
3. Next I cut collar pieces two for each front piece and two for the back piece. I cut two for each because I wanted the collar to be thicker and stiffer. Each collar piece was 4 inches tall.
4. Now, another lost photo, I think this is where I sewed the collar pieces onto the body pieces. I first sewed right sides together along any sides of the collar that would be exposed. So, the top edges & the two front edges. Turn the collar pieces right sides out. Place collar pieces right sides together with where they will be on the body pieces. The curves will be opposite, so what I did is just start on one end, sew slowly, turning as I went.
6. Next, fold the front edges of the sweatshirt about an inch onto the wrong side of the fabric and hem. I sewed two straight stitches, one along the fold line, and one closer to the raw edge line. This helps it stay laying flat.