Sewing Class: Sweatshirt



Hello Darlings,


Ever since I've launched my first sewing class in January, I've been itching to start second one - and today it's finally here!


In todays sewing class I will show you how to make a sweatshirt, from start to finish: from taking your measurements and making a pattern, to assembling and finishing touches. I love making sweatshirts are they are super versatile and fun to make, plus making a sweatshirt based on own measurements gives incredible fit and this is just what I want from my DIY wardrobe!


Before starting our class, I want to give a big shout-out to the sponsor of this class - Mettler.

Founded in 1883 in Switzerland, Mettler has been a part of Amann group since 1988. Mettler threads are known for their high quality and broad range of colours, surface finishes, looks and effects. No matter what needlework project you are working on - sewing, quilting, embroidery or overlocking - Mettler will have the right thread for you! In this class, I will show you different Mettler threads (such as Seraflex, Polysheen and Seracor) and share what makes these threads stand out - and there is truly plenty features to tell!


So, without any further ado, let's start our class! Click video below to start watching the class, and scroll down for detailed class description + up-close photos of my sweatshirt. Enjoy!



What this class contents?

In this class, you will learn all steps that are needed to make a classic design sweatshirt. The class includes following segments:

  1. Items that you will need to make your sweatshirt;

  2. Taking your own measurements;

  3. Making a pattern based on your own measurements (this step will include both bodice and sleeve pattern making);

  4. Embroidering with machine (optional step);

  5. Cutting out fabric;

  6. Assembling of the sweatshirt (including how to add collar from rib knitting, how to insert sleeves, add topstitching and so much more).

After following all these steps, you will be able to make your own custom fit sweatshirt. You will see how easy it is to make even if you never made on before!


What materials you need to make this sweatshirt?

Sweatshirts are quite simple to make and they do not require long list of materials. To make this sweatshirt at home, you will need:

  1. Fabric for bodice - one that will have quite a good stretch (as our pattern is suitable for stretch fabrics only). I do like use fabric with fleecing inside, but of course it's up to you to choose what you like.

  2. Rib knit - in a matching (or contrasting) colour to the bodice fabric. Rib knit is highly stretchable fabric that maintains its shape even after extensive use, thus it's perfect for collars, cuffs and sweatshirt bottoms.

  3. Overlock threads - our main thread we will be using, as in will have to 'carry' all main seams. I advise to use 4-thread overlock seam, as it will ensure stability and seam performance. In this class, I will use Mettler's Seracor thread - it has great gliding properties, thus it will ensure unsurpassed and trouble-free sewing, even on the most sophisticated multi-function overlock machines. Plus, Seracor has ideal care properties - it will not shrink and will be easy-case, and will provide absolutely flat and smooth seams on all fabrics.

  4. Thread for top stitching - as this thread will be visible on the outside of the garment, it's a good idea to matching it to fabric of the bodice and rib knit. In this class I will be using Mettler's Seraflex - a highly elastic thread, which has stretch up to 65% (to compare - it's twice the elasticity of a standard sewing thread!). Seraflex is great women's, men's or children's clothing, for sportswear and outdoor as well as for underwear and lingerie - great and versatile thread when you need extra elasticity!

  5. Thread for embroidery (optional) - I like to give extra touch of personalization to my sweatshirts, so I highly encourage to add little embroidery detail if you can. My embroidery in this class is done with Mettler's Poly Sheen - robust, decorative and colorfast thread. Poly Sheen has excellent sheen, highest tear resistance, long lifespan and color selection of 435 colors - you will definitely find the right one for you!

  6. Embroidery design (optional) - if you choose to add embroidery detail, you will need embroidery design. The one I am using in this class is a free design from embroideres.com - super cute, isn't it?


Project details up-close


So, this is it for todays class and I hope you enjoyed it! If you make a sweatshirt based on this class - please send it to me via Instagram DM, I would love to see your creation!


Wishing you a creative week ahead,

Julie