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Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt

Debbie Christensen

I was cold yesterday, so I made a sweatshirt.

This is the Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt, which we just received yesterday. Great timing! I sewed it up in this double-sided cotton rib knit. Unfortunately, there’s not enough left of it to make another one of these! Sorry, you all snoozed and lost. The remnant we have is definitely enough to for contrast and ribbing pieces, though! And it would make a great contrast for the navy rib knit we have. Since this was double sided, I used it as its own contrast.

This design lines of this version are really cool. The other styles are plain, or with a little collar, which I’m not crazy about. However, I can decide if the contrast should continue across the back. Not that I’m going to do anything about it now.

If you think this bears a striking resemblance to the Sewaholic Renfrew Shirt, I would have to agree with you. Having made the Renfrew before, I didn’t even bother looking the instructions, because, even after all these years, I still remember how to make it. The proportions are somewhat different, to allow for a looser fit and bulkier fabric.

One problem I ran into, using said bulky fabric, is rippling seams! I stitched all seams with the lightning bolt stitch, then topstitched with a regular long stitch, all of which led to very ugly seams. On the left side of this terrible picture is a very wavy seam. On the right side is the same seam, but heavily steamed. Steam helped a whole lot. In other photos you can see that the seams still waver a bit, but nowhere near as bad as they did at first. I imagine this could also be aided by using a walking foot.

I’ve been seeing a lot of complaints about the length Sewaholic sleeves recently. I don’t consider myself the pear shape that they draft their patterns for, but I do have long arms, and I think this length is perfect, especially for a sweatshirt. This way I can suck my hands into the cuffs when they get cold, which is always. 

See that dress I’m wearing? Yeah, I made that! It was for a wedding last weekend, but it was too cold to get pictures of this thin dress. So I had to take boring inside pictures, most of them with the same face you see above. Anyway, here’s the dress:

Psych! I’ll post it maybe next week, because I’m currently making a very similar dress I’m making as part of my Halloween costume, and I’d rather talk about them together. This may look like an action shot, but I actually had to stand like for 10 seconds, because I use the self-timer on my camera. Very fun!

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