The Coziest Jarrah Sweatshirt!
Posted in Projects on Thursday the 21st November 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Let me start by saying that choosing this color was totally out of character for me. This gorgeous, rich ochre color is not one that features heavily in my wardrobe. I kept my hair platinum blonde for a couple of years recently, and I found that yellow - in almost any shade! - was a color that just didn’t look totally right on my complexion!
However, when I spotted this French Terry Fabric, I immediately pictured a Jarrah Sweatshirt to wear with a pair of Lander Shorts that I had in the plans over the summer. I felt like a matching sweatshirt would be the perfect way to help transition my shorts into the warm autumn months. I’ve been bringing my hair back to a darker tone recently, and I felt like with this, there was a much better chance of being able to pull this color off, so I took the plunge and grabbed up a couple of yards of this fabric!
This sweatshirt is the awesome end result. I love it and I know that it is going to get so much wear this autumn. It pairs perfectly with the Lander Shorts that I’d originally envisioned it with, but I also absolutely love it with my black, high-waisted jeans. I’m very much a prints girl, so wearing solids both top and bottom was a little out of the norm for me, but this outfit is one of my favorites now. It also gives me the chance to wear some of my fun, printed sneakers!
This was my first time to sew a Jarrah Sweatshirt, and I really loved the pattern. I sewed the size 6 based on my measurements, but I could have sized up by one. I think this may be due to this particular fabric. It is a lovely, heavy sweatshirting fabric - though it does have some stretch, it isn’t a ton, so I think it might be a little more stable than recommended for this fabric. It is still a completely appropriate fabric for the Jarrah, and I don’t have any issues getting it off and on.
The only place I ran into any issues was at the neckline - I used self lining for the neck band and sleeve cuffs, rather than a ribbing, as suggested in the pattern. Due to the minimal stretch, I ended up having a little extra fabric in the main neckline that was hard to easily ease into the neck band. It’s not noticeably visible when I am wearing it, but there is a small spot in the neckline over my left shoulder where I ended up having to make a tiny dart to accommodate the extra fabric!
This fabric is a French Terry, and I’ve always believed French Terry to be a loop-back fabric. However, I recently learned from the lovely Helen and Caroline of the Love to Sew podcast that this is not always the case! This particular French Terry has a fleece-like fuzzy back, which is going to make it INCREDIBLE in the cooler winter months - if they ever hit down here! (Funny story… It was over 100F when these photos were taken!!!)
This was a great fabric to work with, and I loved how cooperative it was. I used a slightly contrasting thread to hem the bottom, and I am absolutely in love with the detail that this offered at the waist tie. I always forget to get detail shots of my garments, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show off that awesome twin-needle topstitching!
If you’re looking for something warm and cozy to sew up your cool-weather basics this year, I’d definitely recommend this fabric. I’ve got a pair of Joggers in mind in either the Petrol of Bordeaux colorway… and maybe a couple more Jarrah sweatshirts to match? Can’t ever go wrong with a closet full of crazy cute basics!
Top: handmade by me
Fabric: Minerva - French Terry Sweatshirting Fabric (Ochre)
Pattern: Megan Nielsen Patterns - Jarrah Sweatshirt (View C)
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