Sew Japanese In July – A Sweatshirt for Work
Two facts that are relevant to this make:
1) I feel the cold, and
2) I enjoy sewing and wearing raglan sleeved tops/jumpers
Therefore, during Sew Japanese In July, I decided to sew myself a raglan sweatshirt from some cosy 100% cotton fleece from work and some leftover contrast ribbing from another project.
Let’s backtrack a bit… What is Sew Japanese in July? It’s an Instagram hashtag #sewjapaneseinjuly hosted by Jane and I, to inspire and motivate people to sew from their Japanese pattern and/or fabric stash during the month of January. There are no sponsors or giveaways, it’s a community event on Instagram that anyone can join in. To account for seasonal differences between hemispheres, we also host #sewjapaneseinjanuary. I encourage you to look at both the hashtags as there are lots of inspiring makes from sewists around the globe.
The pattern I used was from my favourite Japanese pattern book called “Big clothes, small clothes” by Asuka Hamada (ISBN978-4-579-11563-1). I sewed the small sweatshirt (pictured above in white) in a size 1. I’ve previously sewn the oversized version of this pattern too… see here and here.
One thing that I love about this book is that it included finished measurements. These measurements assisted me in choosing my size and deciding to add 1 1/2″ (4cm) to the length to accommodate my slightly long torso. The sweatshirt is still cropped, but comfortably so.
When tracing the pattern I opted to add 1/4″ (6mm) seam allowances so I could easily sew the sweatshirt up on my overlocker. I did baste the neckband first (unpicking overlocking is not fun) as neckband lengths can vary depending on your fabric.
And to make my cosy sweatshirt a little more work appropriate, I decided to raw edge applique T.C.S. (The Cloth Shop) on the front. If you are interested in doing similar, Grainline Studio has an excellent tutorial.
I secured the letters to the sweatshirt using a quilting technique called raw edge applique. It entails switching off your feed dogs and you becoming the machine… determining both the stitch length and direction. Gloves with grip are a must. This technique feels rather scary to start with… but seriously as you go around the edge of each letter three times it can hide a multitude of errors. In this instance, the edges of the french terry have a bit of a fray thing going on which is also concealing.
I’m very pleased with this make as I like the fit, the fabric combination and the slogan. In fact, as Melbourne has turned on the ‘cold’ weather again, I might just wear it to work tomorrow.
Pattern: Sweatshirt ‘e’ from “Big clothes, small clothes” by Asuka Hamada (ISBN978-4-579-11563-1)
Size: Size 1
Fabric: 100% Cotton Fleece from The Cloth Shop and burnt brick ribbing & french terry (for the letters) leftover from other project (also purchased from The Cloth Shop)
Alterations: Lengthened the body by 1.5″ (4cm) and performed a 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment
Outfit: Jeans from Witchery (mending my me) and Wondersfly shoes from Step Ahead
Photo Location: The Cloth Shop, Ivanhoe (Melbourne)
I’ve been sewing for a while but am new to patterns. Any advice on figuring out how to use this book? I’m not sure where to begin when it comes to putting this pattern together in a way that my brain understands. Appreciate any insight! Thank you
Perhaps this guide from Japanese Sewing Books will help… https://www.japanesesewingbooks.com/2013/10/04/using-japanese-sewing-books/