Hello everyone! My name is Melissa Q., I blog at a happy stitch and I'm just overjoyed to be a contributor on the UpCraft Club blog.
I've been longing for the perfect fall-weather sweatshirt for the longest time. I wanted something with a hood, a long waistband and thumb holes, I've even drawn pictures of this idea. So, I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw that the Lane Raglan Tee from Hey June includes how to add a hoodie and how to make thumbholes! Say what!? It was perfection and I jumped at the chance to stitch it up.
The pattern itself is really straightforward and easy to work with. I did make a few adaptations so I could make exactly the sweatshirt I've been dreaming about (manifesting, maybe?). I lined the hood with my contrast fabric to make it as snuggly as possible and in doing so I opted out of the option for a drawstring. Personally, I never use the drawstring on hoodies so it's not a big loss. Also, it means the hood draws further across my face, which I like.
I also doubled the length of the bottom waistband hem so it hugs my hips. To do this, I simply cut two instead of one waistband pattern piece and stitched them together lengthwise before attaching the waistband to the bottom of the sweatshirt.
Making the thumbholes involves what the pattern calls "fabric origami" and it is a little confusing the first time around but it's not as hard as I thought it would be. Plus, my thumbs are so happy with their special home that it was worth it.
- Stripes are a Rayon Spandex Jersey from Imagine Gnats. I was new to this type of knit fabric and it's very drapey with a good bit of stretch weight to it. It's unbelievably soft and quite lightweight. I do hang dry this sweatshirt because I worry that the rayon will show wear quickly.
- The solid is a laguna knit in taupe that I bought at my local fabric boutique Rock Paper Scissors.
Now that I have the sweatshirt all I need is some hot cider, a good book and a campfire!