I took a break from Britex blogging while I was pregnant, but i couldn’t stay away for too long, because I want to sew with their fabric every chance I get!! Fabric is my drug of choice. During my break, they set up a bunch of partnerships with indie pattern designers, so for this project I not only got to sew with the softest fabric ever, I also got to try out a new-to-me pattern company, Papercut Patterns! They’re based in New Zealand and their patterns are so cool – a very stylish approach to sportswear.
The pattern is a slouchy, basic hooded sweatshirt with raglan sleeves. I sewed a size small and the fit is great. The sleeves and main hem are done with cuffs, so I actually sewed all but the pocket and hood topstitching on my serger. It was a quick, simple sew and an easy-to-wear, comfy result! The instructions are printed directly on the pattern itself rather than in a separate booklet, which was new for me but worked fine for such simple construction.
I’ve made plenty of raglan shirts for my kids but never had for myself, so it’s great to now have this pattern in my stash. Papercut recently made an update to the pattern and it now also comes with options for a cropped length or crewneck-style neckline, which makes it even more versatile! The ONE THING I would change is to overlap the hood at the neck just slightly as you attach it; it’s hard to get those ends to butt up perfectly and my stitches show a tiny bit. Not bad though!
The fabric I chose for this project is a 53” wide double-faced rayon knit (currently on sale!), and here is the portion of the post where I wish you could reach out and touch it on screen, because it is some of the softest, most perfect fabric I’ve ever felt in my life (and I love the color!). It’s a midweight nylon-rayon blend, so it has enough heft to sew up really easily, but it’s silky soft and has nice movement too. Just be careful with your iron when you press it because of that nylon – test the heat on some scraps first!
I really love the slight sheen the fabric has. It’s a fancy hoodie! I want to live in it and never take it off.
I’m a bit upset I only had enough fabric to make this project, because I could imagine it as the perfect knit pencil skirt or go-to sheath dress.
For now I’ll just have to wear my new hoodie as much as I possibly can. It’s a great layering piece for spring – it’s actually really warm! Portland is cool in the mornings and evenings even into the summer months, so I know it will get plenty of wear layered with shorts, dresses, or skirts well into August.
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