Comfy fall sweatshirt in quilted cotton knit

These fashion sweatshirts have been popular for the last few years, and I have finally gotten around to stitching one up. I enjoy making garments that are interesting and different from what I find in department stores, and none of the thicker knits I was seeing really caught my eye. That is until I saw this awesome quilted cotton knit at Mood fabrics. (It has just recently sold out but they have other interesting quilted fabric, though currently none with stretch.) I loved the subtle city buildings at night print and the texture, and only needed to order a yard.

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I used McCall’s 6992 for the pattern, which I chose because the sleeves and bodice looked somewhat fitted. I cut one size down from my normal big 4 pattern size, and the fit is spot on. For the sleeves I used black ponte from my stash and some fun black rib knit for the neck and sleeve bands. Although the quilted fabric is a knit, it was very prone to unraveling. I finished the side seams using the overlocking stitch on my machine, but the edges really stretched out and I had to aggressively press them into submission. The rest of the garment was finished with hand whip-stitching.

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This design has a slight high-low hem to it. The dart on the top of the sleeves enable a close and flattering fit.

Here you can better see the texture of the quilted knit and the rib knit used at the neckline:

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You’ll have to excuse the lack of pictures on an actual body. My baby boy is due in 3 weeks and this semi-fitted top just looked ridiculous stretched over my belly. You’re seeing it on my custom dressform, though, so this is how it will fit on me post pregnancy.

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Comments


  • Amy
    September 15, 2014

    Three weeks! Oh my! I’m so excited for you! Also, I swatted this fabric, and I’m so glad to see it made up. I know you’ll enjoy it this fall and winter!

    • Amanda's Adventures in Sewing
      September 15, 2014

      Well, it’s really 3.5 but I rounded down. Although none of my babies ever want to come out so I should really round up. And I swatched this fabric first too. The description of “quilted cotton” sounded like quilter’s cotton to me, which I never think makes good garments.

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 15, 2014

    What a cool top! I look forward to seeing you model it one of these days! Good luck with the new baby – look forward to hearing more 🙂

  • Lori
    September 15, 2014

    Stunning top and I love the fabrics. I cannot believe 3 weeks you will be holding your new baby boy.

  • sallie
    September 16, 2014

    Oooh! Three weeks!! How exciting!

    Love this sweatshirt! The texture on that quilted knit is just the bee’s knees, and it looks wonderfully comfy. Hopefully this top will be a welcoming, cozy addition to your post baby wardrobe! Perfect for cuddles.

  • Cennetta
    September 18, 2014

    Amanda, Love this graphic print. I’ve been searching for more great t-shirt/sweatshirt prints. This is a winner.

    • Amanda S.
      September 19, 2014

      Thanks Cenetta! There is another graphic city print at Mood that I’ve had my eye on. Search for FA25689. It’s not very stretchy but I love the colors.

  • Fiona
    September 20, 2014

    That’s such an interesting fabric and what a great idea to use it for a sweatshirt! I really like the look of this sweatshirt pattern with it’s slim sleeves

  • Lisa E.
    September 24, 2014

    Thanks Amanda. The sweater looks fantastic. I purchased the fabric (which is really thick and warm) and had no idea what to do with it besides a coat. There was a suggestion to create a sweater with the fabric but I couldn’t envision it until now. Great job! Peace and blessings to you and your baby boy.

    • Amanda S.
      September 25, 2014

      Thanks Lisa! BTW, I just learned this is Rachel Comey fabric. If you google it by images you can see what she did with it too.

  • Lisa E.
    September 28, 2014

    Hi Amanda. I looked up Rachel Comey’s images and the design ideas were really pretty. I saved your photo as well as R.C.’s. I’m a novice so these visuals are a great help.

    • Amanda S.
      September 29, 2014

      I am always searching out the images from designer fabrics I get. Novice or not, being able to see what they did with it is always helpful.