Today’s blog post highlights the old saying “never say never” because this blush pink sweatshirt using Grasser 862 is actually my first ever sweatshirt… yes you read that correctly, my first ever. To be honest, a basic raglan-sleeved, round-necked, welted sweatshirt is something that never appealed to me in the slightest. Dare I say that I always found them a bit boring (sorry about using the ‘b’ word!), so it took a special design to convince me otherwise. This sweatshirt design is so unique with the lovely face-framing collar, the princess seams and the fabulous quilt stitching detail, so I just had to try it 🙂
The fabric I’ve used is a lovely bouncy fleece-backed sweatshirting with a blend of 70% polyester and 30% cotton with a little mechanical stretch of about 10% width and maybe 25 to 30% vertical. I bought it from Calico Lane, though I originally saw something like it elsewhere which unfortunately was out of stock so after scouring the internet this turned out to be just what I was after.
Pattern Alterations For Grasser 862
For the pattern, I chose size 44 (Russian sizing) and my height range of 164cm to 170cm which turned out to be a good choice for fit. To get a little more bust shaping and avoid the top lifting up at the front, I did a small diagonal pleat about where a bust dart would be and then just shaved a little bit off the back hemline to get the sides to match. I also took out a bit of width from the front and back panels towards the necklines and I did the forward-shoulder adjustment. The sleeves were perfect and so was the shoulder width. At the hemline, I just made the overall back hemline dip a little bit less exaggerated.
There are 4 different combinations of design for this pattern with collar or hood options, different hem finishes and quilt stitching options. There are also kangaroo-style pockets in the side front seams but I didn’t put them in because extra bulk across my midsection is not the look that I’m after 🙂 Of course, I chose to do the quilt stitching feature because it looks so fabulous and you know how much I love a bit of decorative stitching.
I used a 2.5 mm twin stretch needle size 75 and marked the lines using a water-erasable pen. Actually, I didn’t start off using the pen…I started off by using a walking foot plus a quilt guide, however, once one line gets off-kilter using the quilt guide to follow that means all the other lines become off-kilter and I ended up doing quite a bit of unpicking so I ended up switching over to the water-erasable (or should that be water-erasable?) pen and I marked the lines with a ruler. This gave me the results that I wanted. I won’t lie it took me ages to do but I adore the finished effect. **Note that I tested the pen first and used it only lightly. I kept dabbing water on as I went and at the end of stitching, I dunked the pieces in water.
I absolutely love the huge collar and how it frames the face. When I put in the eyelets for the drawstring, I felt more experienced, especially after my previous attempt. I put a little square of the sweatshirt fabric at the back of each one and they went in easily. I ended up making my own drawstring though, because I couldn’t find a perfect colour match anywhere and to finish the ends off I bought some silver toggles from eBay.
I absolutely adore the luxe casual vibe of this top it’s just as I imagined it would turn out to be and more, so I’m looking forward to creating a few outfits around it and it fits in with my elevated casual style moniker.
Are you a fan of sweatshirts? Found any unusual designs lately? Let me know in the comments.
And with that, I’ll say see you soon with more sewing and style.