As soon as I saw that the first challenge was ‘New To Me’ I knew I had to sew up the Enid sweatshirt – I’ve been dreaming over Jennifer’s patterns for a long time, and this seemed a really good chance to finally jump in!
For this year’s Indie Pattern Month, I’ve decided to work with some fabrics I inherited when my Great Aunty Francis passed away recently. Both the main spotted fabric and the red ribbing were in the stash, and I just had enough to make this up – with some creative pattern placing!
This pattern was a joy to put together and sew. I cut the size 24 as on pattern, however elected to cut the pattern with the grain for the body rather than on the bias – the fabric had a reasonable amount of stretch on it’s own, and I didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut on bias. When I remake (this is definitely a remake pattern!) I will most likely cut a 22 in the sleeves, grading to a 20 at the cuffs as the sleeves are quite large on me – this was a big surprise as I am a rather pudgy-armed individual and I am used to sleeves being too tight on me! I will also probably shorten them an inch or so, as I’ve found the sleeves a little long to be practical on me – so make that short-pudgy-armed!
This pattern is cropped which I adore, as I prefer sweatshirts and the like to hit above my hips as if they are longer they tend to ride up and end above them anyway. I will note that if you are shorter with a shorter torso like I am, it may come out a little longer than expected, so I’d recommend doing a muslin of the body just to check length.
I chose the square neckline in a fit of “I can totally do that first try no practice”, and am actually really pleased with the result! I love square necklines, and found Jennifer’s instructions incredibly easy to follow – both of my corners match up pretty damn well which is really cool! I also behaved and put in stay tape across the shoulder seams – I am normally one to miss such steps, but in this case I love the fabric so much I want it to look as lovely for as long as possible. I, however, did not have any stay tape, so used some bright pink grosgrain ribbon that I had on hand. It worked pretty well!
Over the last three days since I made my Enid, I’ve worn it pretty constantly. It is warm and comfortable, and still work appropriate – I do love secret-PJs makes, especially since the weather has been growing so cold recently.
So that’s my first make of IPM2k16! I had an absolute blast, and can’t wait to start the next one.