Inspo: Sweatshirts

Do you ever get slightly obsessed with a particular garment? For me I never thought it would be the humble sweatshirt. But as soon as I made my black biker Linden I decided I needed more in my life. But a sweatshirt can be boring right? So I started looking around Pinterest for inspiration and ideas to elevate the simple sweatshirt into something a bit more edgy and interesting. Rabbit hole!! Hours lost!  BUT just LOOK at this little feast of inspiration….Linden inspo 1linden inspo 2linden inspo 3linden inspo 4

linden inspo 5linden inspo 6Zips, quilting, applique, textural contrast, alternative fabrics and trims, length and proportions, neckline shapes….from the likes of Phillip Lim , Isabel Marant, Asos, Madewell and Garance Dore to name but a few. The only problem here is deciding which details to use! After all….I don’t need 18 sweatshirts in my wardrobe…or do I? (For original sources you can find all of these pins and more here…)

Sweatshirts are such a quick and satisfying make and there are a proliferation of sewing patterns out there;. You’d think a sweatshirt pattern is just a sweatshirt pattern. But there are subtle differences between all of these.  Raglan, set in, or drop shoulder sleeves. Boxy, slim fit, loose fit or shaped in the body. Cropped, standard or longline. Here are just a few if you haven’t already jumped on this particular bandwagon…linden - sloane - fraser - sweatshirt patterns

Grainline’s Linden, Sloane by Named, Fraser by Sewaholic.

burda - capital chic - mcalls - sweatshirt sewing patterns

A longline plus size one from Burda, Capital Chic’s White Russian (I’ve made this. Nice pattern this, with quilting/embellishment elements included. Sally was way ahead of the curve on the quilted sweatshirt front). Mcalls M6992.

angela kane - 512 sweatshirt pattern

I also came across this one on Angela Kane’s site. Her site is a new discovery for me and it will probably turn out that I’ve been loving under a rock…but anyone familiar with her site and subscribed? Interested to hear from you on that one! I’m intrigued!

So, how about it? Feeling inspired to make a sweatshirt??


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  1. Sewingwithkate February 5, 2016

    Always inspired to make a sweatshirt!

  2. Charlotte February 5, 2016

    I’ve just seen the Jasper sweatshirt (by paprika patterns) today that I am very inspired to make. Such a different looking sweatshirt.

  3. TamsinW-P February 5, 2016

    love all the inspiration pictures… I have been pondering the merits of different sweatshirt patterns and haven’t yet decided which one to go for so it is good to have these line drawings all together.

  4. Lucy February 5, 2016

    Ive just cut out my pattern pieces for the Sloane sweat by Named, can’t wait to see how it turns out. Am loving the idea of colour-blocking or texture-blocking too so may have to do pattern hack! Thanks for all the inspo!

  5. Erica February 5, 2016

    I love the way the Jasper looks – I’ve made 2 by Jalie for my kids and one for me is next on the list.


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