Monday, May 4, 2020

Quarantine Frosting: Fringed Sweatshirt


I am a total magpie. I need sparkles and sequins and bright colors and funky (faux) furs and all the glitz and glam to survive. So being stuck at home in quarantine, deprived of so much beauty—while recognizing how much worse it could be—has been really getting me down. I try to cycle through my over the top earring collection, but even that can lose its sparkle after 7 weeks. I needed something fun and beautiful that is still practical for lounging. Enter: fringed sweatshirt.

I've had fringe on the brain for the past couple months, and had dreamed of sewing up fringed bodysuits and coverups to wear to festivals and events this summer that have sadly all been cancelled. I'm so happy that I found a way to make my "summer of fringe" dreams come true.

This was SO easy. I actually made two versions of this: one using the Mood fabrics free Bixa sweatshirt pattern (squashing the sleeves into one pattern piece since I wasn't using any contrasting fabric), and one done from a rub off of a beloved sweatshirt in my closet. The Bixa just didn't look right on me. I think perhaps the shoulders were a tad narrow, and it looked almost too tailored as a result, which is not what you want in loungewear. Thankfully I had rounded up when I bought fabric and was able to squeeze two out of one fabric order!! The second version, pictured, was the rub off, which fits my shoulders much more nicely. My measurements are 36-25-28, and was able to get two of these out of 2 yards of this sweatshirt fleece and 2 yards of 10" chainette fringe trim—hopefully that's helpful for figuring out how much fabric you'd need.

Here's how I did it, using zig zag stitch/serger except where noted:
  1. Cut fabric pieces as normal.
  2. Sew the shoulder seams, if applicable. The version pictured was a raglan sleeve, which doesn't have a shoulder seam, but the Bixa does.
  3. Sew in sleeves flat, without yet sewing the under arm seam or the side seams of the torso.
  4. Pin your fringe trim to the right side of your fabric at the underarm seamline, with the strings facing away from the edge. You want the bottom part of the trim tape (right where the strings branch off) to line up right at the underarm seamline, and the trim to end right at the seamline for the wrist and underarm. Get it pinned as precisely as possible, then cut it to size.
  5. Sew in place using a straight stitch.
  6. Pin the underarm and side seams RST and stitch as usual. If you placed your trim correctly, the zigzag stitch/serger will catch the trim tape in the middle of your stitches to keep it really secure and without cutting the trim at the top edge if using a serger.
  7. Pin the sleeve binding to the sleeve. If you cut your trim correctly to size, you should have no strings past the seam allowance. Sew to attach—you can do a basting stitch first and check the trim placement if you're not sure.
  8. Attach the lower edge of the torso and neckline as normal.
  9. Turn RSO and swish about in your fringed sweatshirt!