Boatneck Preppy in Plaid Sweatshirt, Burda Pattern 9/2014 #114A or #114B

Boatneck Preppy in Plaid Sweatshirt, Burda Pattern 9/2014 #114A or #114Bfeatured

This was an easy sweatshirt to make, and it reminds me of the collegiate sweatshirts we all wore back in the 90’s, baggy in the body, with cuffs and a waistband.  I used a Burda pattern, found here and here, with a few modifications.DSC_0009

I purchased my fabric from The Smuggler’s Daughter, an online fabric store.  Susan sells only beautiful, high quality fabrics!  The main body is a ponte knit.  I used an overlay of plaid Rodarte fabric, which is a very loosely woven textile with holes.  I cut the fabric so that the plaid would be diagonal.  I cut a matching front and back from the ponte, and zigzagged the edges of woven over the ponte together before beginning construction.DSC_0020

The plaid fabric was unsuitable for a regular folded over (hemmed) neckline, due to the easy fringing on the cut edge.  I decided to add a neckline binding.  It is so easy to add this modification to any Tshirt or sweatshirt. particularly boat necks.  Here, I’ll show you how.

Cut a strip of fabric for the neckline.  It does not have to be the exact length, because you will trim it later.  Make sure you have a few extra inches of length.  I cut my strip 2 inches wide.  You can make it thicker or thinner.  I used a rotary cutter and a ruler to cut it.  Quilting supplies are very handy to have when sewing clothes.DSC_0015

Fold in half and press.DSC_0009 2

Attach a one inch strip of fusible interfacing to each shoulder seam on the back.  Sew one shoulder seam.  Leave the other open.

Attach the binding to the neckline, stretching slightly as you sew.  I used my Bernina seam guide (screws into the machine, and you can adjust it for any seam width) for a perfect 5/8 inch seam to guarantee a really polished look.DSC_0014

Turn seam under and press down.  Serge the seam allowance edge (optional).  Use a twin needle to stitch in the ditch and top stitch simultaneously.DSC_0016

Trim edge at shoulder edge which has not yet been sewn.DSC_0017

Sew the remaining shoulder seam.  It will look like this when it is done:DSC_0021DSC_0025

Here is my “collegiate” photo shoot, though my days of college are long in the past.  But you are never too old to rock a preppy look.DSC_0013DSC_0023Burda Boatneck Sweatshirt 9/2014

And just for fun, since my photographer friend (photo credits to Jennifer S.) randomly found ourselves in this aisle…so cheesy, I know.DSC_0012DSC_0036 2DSC_0040 2


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Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley.
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