At my annual Creative Get Away Sewing Retreat at the end of April in Danville, IL - I stayed up late a couple of nights to whip up this sweatshirt base jacked that combines the ruffle from lower band idea from the Rachel Jacket and the bound edges from the Ruth Jacket - both found in my Creative Sweatshirt Jackets Londa's Way - Book 2. I have worn it several times - as a speaker at the Nancy's Notions May Sewing Weekend, on Mother's Day with daughter and grandson, and then again last Friday when I spoke for the Michigan Bishop Sewing Council. It's definitely my new, most favorite easy-to-wear jacket and So, So EZ!
The hand-dyed roving/yarn is from Ozark Handspuns and it scrumptious!!! It only took half of the hank too. I decided to just straight stitch/couch it down, as I wanted it to remain dimensional. I've found that embedding the fibers through the sweatshirt causes my tender skin to ITCH like crazy - so I didn't want to needle felt it for both that reason, and also because needle felting gives it a flatter, totally different look. I figure, if/when it needs to be stitched down more - I can certainly do that.
The edges are simply bound with 1 3/4'' wide bias strips of this tone-on-tone cotton fabric, with the yarn couched alongside it.
This will soon join the other 9 jackets in this book as the 'freebie' 10th jacket - as soon as Dear Son/Techie Man accomplishes HIS part of the task. :)