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