Does anyone else before going on vacation feel the need to sew up something for the trip at the absolute last minute?! Just me?? Well, that’s exactly what happened here. The Seamly x Indiesew Collection released last week and I immediately ordered the fabrics and patterns. When the fabric arrived last Thursday afternoon, I knew I had to sew up the Moto Sweatshirt before heading to Florida on Friday. It was perfect for the chilly mornings in Florida!
The Pattern and the Sweatshirt
The Moto Sweatshirt is a a sweatshirt with an asymmetrical center front zipper, zippered hand pockets, and fold-over cowl collar. It is a collaboration between Indiesew and Seamly and part of the three pattern collection of joggers, moto sweatshirt and jersey popover.
I can’t pass up a good sweatshirt and I thought all the fun details of the zippers and pockets and collar really made this a beautifully designed pattern. I chose to sew up the size medium which was the closest to my measurements. All in all, it was a really good fit. The only thing I wished I had done was shorten the sleeves. The sleeves are about a cuff length too long (Which you can see in my pictures).
I also chose to use the “wrong side” of the fabric for the collar, cuffs and hem band – a 100% copy of the sample sewn by Indiesew. I think it creates a really visually interesting look – as opposed to just using the sweatshirt knit “right” side for the whole thing. I also purchased in addition to the fabric the zipper kit sold by Indiesew because it was easier to get all the pieces in one package than try to source the zippers myself.
The Sewing Process
In the instructions, Allie suggests using Wonder Tape for all the zippers and I 100% agree. Using Wonder Tape made things so much easier. I started panicking because I didn’t have a full roll (and probably less than half a roll) when I started the project, but it was plenty. I use Wonder Tape for any project that has zippers – if you’ve never tried it out, I highly recommend it!
What’s so nice about a knit garment is that they tend to come together really quickly – even when they’re complex and have zippers and such. I was able to sew this all in a night (before I had to go to bed for our 6 am flight [yikes, so early!] the next day).
For the photos, I couldn’t decide if I liked the sweatshirt better with the collar zipper unzipped or zipped – my husband liked it zipped and I liked it unzipped, what do you guys think?? I think they are two different looks with the same jacket.
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