Anna Sui Designer Fabric Fancy Sweatshirt

Girls' sweatshirt made with Anna Sui print from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles.

We’re finally starting to get a chill in the air so it was time to tackle one of those “fancy sweatshirts” I’ve been seeing on the runway.  Luckily, the style was an easy sell for my preteen who is starting to experiment with some fun fashion choices.  The big section of Anna Sui prints at the front of the Mood Fabrics store in Los Angeles has always caught my eye so I knew I’d find a fun print there to use for the sleeves of the sweatshirt.  Many of the Anna Sui prints are silk (which isn’t ideal for a washable kid’s garment) but this blend print was PERFECT and washed up great. To pair with the bold print, I picked up a piece of black cotton sweatshirt fleece and used some black cotton ribbing I had on hand. Editor’s note: Ponte knits work very well for sweatshirt fabrics, including as the ribbing around the cuffs, waist and neck.

Mood Designer Fabric Anna Sui

I just happened to find a kid’s sweatshirt pattern in my vast collection of vintage/thrifted patterns.  Too bad I keep forgetting my little girl is not so little anymore.  I can’t seem to think of her wearing something above a size 10 (even though she is a size 12), so this cute sweatshirt will get handed down to little sister in about 1 week (and I had to promise to make her another one).

Girls' sweatshirt made with Anna Sui print from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles.

The pop of the Anna Sui print makes the sweatshirt seem so special even though it was one of the quickest projects I’ve ever made (thank you new serger).

Girls' sweatshirt made with Anna Sui print from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles.

I took a page from Peter’s Houndstooth sweater and appliqued a little triangle to the front of the sweatshirt.  It’s a small, but needed detail.

Girls' sweatshirt made with Anna Sui print from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles.

I love this fancy sweatshirt so much, there might be a few more in my future…this time for me.

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Comments


  • Carmen
    October 21, 2013

    Ooh! LIke this. I see one in my future too.

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 21, 2013

      We can all wear our creations of Fancy Sweatshirt day!

  • Ashlyn
    October 21, 2013

    I would like to do one for myself also. It’s looks great!! Good job on the fabric choices.

  • Ginger
    October 21, 2013

    This is so cute! I love it! I really want one of these!

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 21, 2013

      I want one too. I need to get it on the cutting board quick before other projects take priority!

  • Lori
    October 21, 2013

    I like this, too. So cute, in fact, I ordered this fabric last week.

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 21, 2013

      Yay! I can’t wait to see what you make from it!

  • Amy
    October 22, 2013

    I love the fancy sweatshirt trend, and I doubly love your interpretation for your daughter. Bravo! (I also wanted to thank the editor for the tip on using ponte for sweatshirts like these. I must try it for myself!)

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 25, 2013

      I’m going to give ponte a try too!

  • Janine Whisler
    October 24, 2013

    This is a great demonstration of a successful home made garment. First of all, the simpler patterns (vintage, easy to sew) really make for more impact-full garments. Then, when paired with a not so typical fabric choice, WHAM! And, using that Anna Sui on the sleeve was genius….. color blocking is so popular right now! And finally, the little white detail with the contrast stitching just finishes everything off beautifully. Great job!

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 25, 2013

      Thanks Janine! I love me some vintage patterns!

  • Diana
    November 8, 2013

    Oh so sweet! Looks great on the lovely girl.