Casual Coral Sweatshirt

After making two lined dresses in a row I decided I needed an easy project. For me, the easy projects I undertake usually end up being a lot more work then I think they’ll be. Not this time, though. I whipped up this fitted top in just a few hours. The fabric, a Thakoon coral sweatshirt cotton, was purchased from Mood fabrics a few years (!) ago and has long since sold out. Mood has a number of similar cotton terrycloth options available. My personal favorite is the grey and metallic terry knit, which I’ll probably get for another one of these tops.


Originally I had a large piece of this fabric which I cut into for a casual dress. Unfortunately it was not matched well to the pattern, and the project ended up in a trash can. I had a large scrap piece left over and loved the color, so I saved it until I could find a way to use it up. I used Vogue 1389, a Donna Karan designer pattern. It’s a bit of a sleeper pattern that hasn’t been made much by the online sewing community. The example garments are all gray and a bit boring but the design lines are really nice.


This is a well fitted top. The sides wrap around to the back and are angled in such a way that they provide some nice waist definition. I cut my usual Vogue size 12 but lowered the armholes by an inch. They are super high as drafted! The wide neckband and sleevebands I sewed using the opposite side of the fabric for a little contrast. I had to piece my back together because I was short on fabric.


That back seam and the side seams were sewn with the wrong sides together, then ironed flat and topstitched so that the wrong sides show on the outside. This is a fun finish that I used on a project a long time ago. I contemplated using it to finish the arm seams as well, but thought it might be too distracting with the contrast along the neckline. Now I wish I’d done it.


I adore the length of these sleeves. Unless it’s really cold, I find myself pushing up my long sleeve tops to just below my elbows.


I finished all the inside seams with the overlocking stitch on my machine. The neckline and sleeve bands were topstitched down to prevent the seam from twisting or flipping out.


The hem was sewn with a wide twin needle.


I first made this top up in a silk jersey, and it did not have enough stretch recovery to make the neckline lay flat. The result was not flattering, so keep that in mind if you want to make this pattern up.



  • Kathleen
    December 7, 2015

    I love this top! I never would have given it a second glance if I hadn’t seen yours to be honest. It really goes to show you how important it is to actually see the top made up on a real person. I often just look at the drawings on the back of the pattern to see what it really is like but seeing it is believing as they say. Thank you for showing us what you’ve done and how you did it! I’ll check out that pattern now!

    • Amanda S.
      December 8, 2015

      It is made up on the pattern envelope, as all designer patterns are. The fabric I used is beefier and does change the look of the top. I agree with you, I always like to see a pattern made up by someone who sews, which is why I typically am not the first one to make patterns up.

  • Lori
    December 7, 2015

    I love this top, you turned a simple shirt into a work of art. Fabulous and fun!

  • Levone
    December 7, 2015

    Such a cute top!

    • Amanda S.
      December 8, 2015

      Thank you Levone!

  • Goodbye Valentino
    December 8, 2015

    I have never noticed this pattern and love yours in coral!

  • Kimberly
    December 9, 2015

    Seams, Seams, Seams….love the seams. Wonderful top as all of your work is wonderful.

    • Amanda S.
      December 10, 2015

      Thank you Kimberly!