A lavender chic sweatshirt for my mom

I sure hope you aren’t sick of chic sweatshirts yet, because despite showing you my wool one on Tuesday, I’ve got another for you today (which I actually made several weeks before my grey one).

When my parents were visiting in October, my mom looked through all my recent makes and decided she’d like a chic sweatshirt for her belated Christmas gift, and she picked out a lovely lavender sweatshirting for it while she was here. Remember how lovely she looked in this lavender dress I made her a few years ago?

The pattern is again from the the September 2012 Burda magazine (or you can purchase the download pattern here) but the pattern only goes up to 44, and she decided she needed a size 46, so I had to grade it up. With multi-size patterns, it’s not too difficult – just measure the space between the size lines, add that onto the largest size, and connect the lines at the corners.

Here’s a good tutorial on grading up a pattern, and thankfully, this particular one happened to be the pink shaded pattern for this issue so it was easier than usual. It probably took me about 15-20 minutes to grade up all the pieces on the pattern sheet (of which there’s only 4!), then another 10 to trace them off, so it wasn’t nearly as painful as grading up a pattern that isn’t multi-sized.


(Big thanks to my brother for taking the photos for me!)

As I’d already made this sweatshirt before (I made this lavender one in early January, before my wool version), I didn’t even need to look at the instructions and I sewed it up really quickly.

So quickly, in fact, that I told her I wouldn’t mind making her another one after she told me how much she wears this one! So it looks like the next version will be more Spring-friendly in pointiroma rather than sweatshirting.

She swears it doesn’t usually look this wrinkled in the back, and said she hadn’t realised it needed pulling down in the back around the hips. So it looks like there will be a fourth version of this pattern in my future!

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