I started this project over a year ago and for various reasons, I did not want to proceed with it. So, I considered my work on this sweatshirt will be an experiment and discovery of what works and what did not.
First I took a sweatshirt that I really did not wear anymore and I got some double sided fabric tape. Can you tell how old this one is? It cannot be 11 years already since the Millennium Bug was making us a little crazy!
My double face fabric tape is placed on the bottom edge just above the stitching line. Since the bottom is somewhat gathered and the top straight, I was careful to make it a straight line and cut at that position.
I was pleased that it cut so cleanly. I guess I expected it to be fuzzy or something.
Next I carefully lined up the front where the new seam will be. Since this was a trial shirt, I wanted to be sure that I was going to be able to place a zipper there in my actual project.
Being paranoid, I actually placed two strips of the tape so that I would be cutting between them. Actually, I usually do have trouble following a single line and have found that if accuracy is necessary, I personally need two lines. You probably don't have that issue. . . .
When I got to the neckline, I placed tape on the inside as well as the outside. I just did not know if the knit would ravel or not. It did not.
I was happy with the remaining garment but added small darts (not shown in photo) in both the front and back for a little tailoring. I have not found the sweatshirt I want to remake because I am looking for one that is blank and just the right shade of red. I do have a great zipper that is really going to look great! I have not yet decided on a design but I did decide not to make it holiday related. I want something that says cool weather but not necessarily winter.
I did find a couple of designs that I know will fit the bill for my idea but cannot make up my mind. I love the Fall Leaves design from the Fall Harvest Collection of Dalco.
I also love the Reflection design - from the Cat N Stained Glass Collection. You get 5 patterns and 3 sets of each for a total of 15 great projects per package. All the Dalco products are totally fool proof and I like that a lot. You get exactly what you see in the photo.
Happy holidays and a joyous Hanukkah to all my readers, regardless of your religious preference, we are glad for a season of peace, good fellowship and love.