I love that my tween still lets me sew for her, and right now she is all about the loose, oversized crop fit. I have made a few patterns that fit within this like the Block Top and the Olivia Top. Then she wanted a truly oversized fit like one of her favorite sweatshirts she bought. So I made the Oversized Sweatshirt Pattern. It’s only one size (currently) women’s small. I have made her 5 so far with several different hacks and decided it was probably time to share this pattern with you all. (hacks to follow)
The sweatshirt is delightfully oversized, with a dropped sleeve, and wide cropped length. I made this one with the new patriotic prints from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love the USA panel (adult size), and I paired it with the watercolor stripe fabric, for a little short set. (which are the Starr Joggers cut off as shorts and trimmed edges)
How to Sew the Oversized Sweatshirt Pattern
- With right sides together sew the front and back bodices together at the shoulders.
- Press shoulder seam allowance towards the back bodice. With right sides together sew the sleeve to the arm curve. Repeat for both sleeves.
- Press the sleeve seam allowance towards the bodice. With right sides together sew from the end of the sleeve, to the armpit and pivot to sew down the side.
- 4. Fold the cuff so right sides are together, sew together along the short side. Repeat for both cuffs.
- 5. Fold the cuffs in half height wise so the seam is on the inside. Repeat for both cuffs.
- 6. Fold the neck band in half so right sides are together, sew the ends together along the short side.
- 7. Fold the neck band in half height wise so the wrong sides are together and the seam is on the inside.
- 8. With right sides together, sew the neckband to the neckline (more instruction below) Sew the cuffs to the end of the sleeves and hem the bottom of the sweatshirt.
- 9. Top stitch the seams of the neckline and cuffs if desired. Then you are done!
How to sew neckbands and cuffs
Neckbands and cuffs need to stretch in place while being sewn in order to lay properly. Different fabrics stretch differently and this will effect the over all look for the bands (especially the neckband) BEFORE sewing your neckband in place stretch it along the neckline.
If you are having to pull the neckband too much to get it to fit to the neckline stop and cut a longer band.
If the fabric is barely being stretched (as some fabric is VERY stretchy) stop and cut the band shorter.
In order to evenly stretch the band you want to find and mark the center front, center back and half way points, for both the band and the neckline. Then when you are matching the band to the neckline be sure and match up those points first, then stretch and sew the band between each point. The cuffs will also be stretched while sewn in place.