While in the USA in 2010, I went to a Sewing Exposition with a friend. We saw Londa Rohlfing’s stand. (www.londas-sewing.com) She does wonderful, decorative jackets made from sweatshirts. I blithely told my friend that I would make her one. I should have bought the book!
Anyway, here are the results. Once started, there was no stopping. I have now made five of them and have the material for two more.
This was my first jacket. I decided to make it into a Chanel-style. I bought the sweatshirt from Cotton Traders and the trim in France.
· To make, cut off the cuffs and ribbing from the neckline and bottom edge.
· Carefully measure the centre front and cut in a straight line from neckline to base.
· Try on the sweatshirt and mark the desired length and sleeve length. Cut off surplus.
· Use bias binding to finish all raw edges, then sew trim on around the neck, down the front and around the sleeves. Cotton Traders’ sweatshirt have a large logo on the front which I covered to make a faux pocket. I also made two faux pockets at the bottom.
· I used snaps (poppers) for fastenings which won’t show.