I’m going to share something with you guys, I’m a loser. No, not loser as in a crappy person who fails all the time, but lose-er a person who “misplaces” things often. It is a really crappy trait that kept me in trouble as a child. I lost jewelry, wallets, school forms, keys and more. My mom’s favorite to share is when I lost my Kings Dominion ticket from the field trip bus to the entry of the park. As I aged and created my own routines I began to keep up with things better. Still sometimes when I’m rushed, stressed or otherwise out of my routine things go missing.
That lengthy intro was explain how the story of this sweatshirt isn’t all that unusual for me. According to my notes in my sewing journal I sewed this back in November 2017. I’m just now posting it because after sewing it and wearing all of ONCE… I lost it! Seriously, I could NOT figure out where it went! After tearing up my sewing room, my bedroom and my closet I gave up ever seeing it again and simply vowed to resew it later.
As mysteriously as it disappeared it popped back up last week. As I was unloading my hamper into the washing machine…there it was! Obviously I have washed countless loads of laundry in the time this shirt has been missing, so I still have no idea where it was! Apparently somewhere in my closet, but I haven’t a clue how it found it’s way into my hamper. As a person who often misplaces things, I’m just happy I have it back now.
Thankfully I still had the draft post for the project so here it is…
This is McCalls 6992 with a simple modification of omitting the neckband and widening and deepening the neckline. I eyeballed this by trying it on and using a chalk roller to mark the desired width at each shoulder and depth at the center front. Then I connected the two marks using a hip curve ruler for a smooth curve for the front neckline. I did the same for the back but I marked a slightly higher point at the center back for a shallower curve so that I can tell the front than the back.
The neckline really more of a boatneck that can be pulled off either shoulder as I wanted to avoid feeling like I needed to tug at it all day. I left the neck edge unfinished because that was the raw look I was trying to achieve. I’m hoping with wear the neckline will roll over and show a bit of the looped back.
This pattern is a quick sew and certainly can be completed in a few hours from cut to finish. All I need now it to sew up some matching joggers!
Pattern: McCalls 6992
Pattern Description: Fitted, pullover tops have neck/sleeve bands, raglan sleeves and hemline variations.
Sizing: 8-16, 16-24 I sewed a 16
Fabric Used: Black light weight french terry knit bought at Micheal Levine’s Loft years ago
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? No
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t follow them, but yes.
Likes: Easy pattern, raglan sleeves
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: I widened and deepened the neckline as well as omitted the neckband.
Would I sew it again? Yes, its a great basic sweatshirt pattern.
Would I recommend it to others? Definitely, great beginners project.