As the challenge is to sew on a budget, I was aware of keeping all related costs to a minimum. The pattern is from a US sewing magazine Interweave Stitch, which can be expensive, especially if shipping charges are included, but luckily the patterns are also sold separately. This pullover/sweatshirt pattern is from the Fall 2010 magazine, but sells for $6 / £ 3.70 if downloaded alone as an e-pattern
I simplified the pattern by sewing the neck opening first, omitting the collar and facing and instead bound the neckline and sleeves with cotton tape. The sweatshirt is self-lined so that it would be warm and that the inside would feel as good as the outside.
It sewed up really quickly, less than 2 hours from pattern tracing to binding. In fact I sewed it so fast, I forgot to trim the seam allowances at the armholes, which accounts for some puckering there - though it doesn't seem to be evident when worn.
It's the first time I have used cotton tape, and I was pleased with how it worked. Though bias is usually better on curved seams, the tape has a loose weave, so sewed perfectly to the curved neckline.
Not including the pattern and the cotton tape, the cost was:
1.5 m acrylic fleece - £8.63/3= £2.88
If I include the pattern $6 = £3.70
and the cotton tape .5 m = £0.07
The costs were as follows: £6.65
A fleece sweatshirt, sewn at home, for approx £7 is incredible value!
I still have 2 more 1.5 m pieces of fabric left. The boys won't be rushing to wear pink or neon green, so I will just have to make sweatshirts for my daughter and myself!
(The fabric for this sweatshirt was chosen by me and supplied by Abakhan Fabrics, free, as part of their challenge to sew on a budget)
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