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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.  :) 


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Comment by Kip on May 28, 2012 at 8:06am

Beautiful !!!!

Comment by Rita on May 24, 2012 at 5:17pm

looks good :)

Comment by Brenda J. Moore on May 24, 2012 at 1:13am

gorgeous!!

Comment by Aless White on May 24, 2012 at 12:15am

Absolutely gorgeous-I HAVE to make myself one!!

Comment by Cheryl on May 23, 2012 at 7:07pm

I really loved this jacket for a woman.  But ... I wish someone more creative than me could figure out a way to do something like this so the resulting product could be gifted to a MAN.  I have an elderly brother-in-law who finds sweatshirt jackets comfy and appropriately warm yet lightweight.  I have made him jackets with appliques (find an appropriate cotton print, iron wonder-under to the backside of the print, cut out the "applique" motif, iron it on the jacket, stitch around the motif edges, repeat for more motifs).  I'd like to make him jackets with a different approach without crossing the gender line for "design" purposes. 

Comment by Kristi Andrews on May 23, 2012 at 3:19pm

I love this!  I would love to make one - definetly one of the best sweatshirt makeovers ever!

Comment by Kimberly on May 23, 2012 at 1:47pm

One of the best sweatshirt makeovers I've seen! Elegant, not another a novelty jacket!

Comment by Mary-Anne Watson on May 23, 2012 at 1:18pm

This is so cute!!! I would love to have one of thes for myself or to make a give as gifts!!!

BRAVO

Comment by Irene Bott on May 23, 2012 at 1:17pm

Very cool!

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