Hello! Hope you're having a fab weekend so far. I made this HP Fast and Fab Halycon Sweatshirt last weekend, and, as I'm sure you can surmise from the above pic, it's not really a sweatshirt anymore. This is what it's supposed to look like...
And here's what it looked like before I turned it into a cardigan....
I made a size 18 and shortened the sleeve by 3/4 inches. It was HUGE in the back, with an awkward straightjacket-like feel in the front, and the sides coming down to a weird point. I'm not exactly sure what happened. Some possibilities:
- Wrong type of fabric- This was my test version, so I used an inexpensive knit that wasn't earmarked for anything else. It's quite stretchy - probably too stretchy for this pattern since the pattern calls for medium weight sweatshirt, ponte, double knit, etc. It's possible that some distortion happened when I cut it due to the stretch. Maybe that explains the pointy sides.
- Wrong type of body - I carry a lot of my extra weight in the bust/abdomen area. Ideally, it would be better to make a size smaller and adjust the front, but with this cross over style it was difficult to know how to do that. The front and back are all one piece - a long rectangle with a U-shape cut out for the neck and crossed front. Also, when choosing a size I focus on the bust and tend to forget that my hips, while by no means narrow, are proportionally narrow compared to the size of my bust - like an inverted triangle. This means that some styles will drop straight past my hips unless I make a pattern adjustment.
As you can see the sleeve is an exaggerated dolman. I'd like to figure out a way to fix that, but my craft-A.D.D. is kicking in, and I'm already thinking about other projects. I just want to add that I like Hot Patterns styles a lot. They always have fun construction details. Just because this pattern didn't work out for me doesn't mean that it won't work for you. I would just recommend that you sew up a practice version in something you're not in love with before cutting into your silk jersey, but you know that already!
Thanks for reading and have a terrific weekend!