Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Sweatsuit and Walking on Water

Last spring, armed with a coupon at my local fabric shop, I carried the bolt of navy blue sweatshirting to the cutting table. [Cue troop of small children plodding behind me.] How many yards do I want? Hmmm...60% off brings it to $1.60 a yard. If I buy ten yards, I can outfit my whole family for $16!

It was a very appealing idea to the economical bone in my body. But, let me tell you, 10 yards of sweatshirt fleece takes up a lot of space on my fabric shelf. Well, now it's only 7 yards, as I used 3 for a sweatsuit for my oldest. I don't think I have enough for the whole family after all.

The sweatshirt was actually a lot easier to make than I expected. It's a t-shirt with a zipper down the front, a hood, and pockets.

It's a little big still, but I think it turned out looking rather like a conventional hooded sweatshirt: not interesting, but normal.

I'm not so pleased with the sweatpants, though. Peter finds them very comfortable, but I can't say they look too great. Clear elastic is stitched to the inside of the waistband at the top. Mine didn't gather too evenly as you can tell. And the waistband ribbing is rippling where it joins the pants fabric. I think a wide, standard elastic would have been much better.

I also dislike the bulky pockets. The 3 layers of sweatshirt fleece poufing about remind me of the bulky-pocketed knit pants that were so common here in the 90's. I can think of other pocket methods that would look smoother:
1. a patch pocket angled at the side seam
2. making the pocket facing out of a thinner fabric
3. stitching the pocket piece directly to the pants front and eliminating the third layer of the pocket lining

I'm not a fan of the pockets or waistband, but the pants are comfortable and will be fine for lounging.
Sweatshirt: Ottobre 1-2008-33 (Hopper Hooded Sweatshirt)
Pants: Ottobre 1-2008-34 (Flipper Sweatpants)
Sweatshirt Fleece: Mill End Textiles

On the non-sewing front [what! there's something besides sewing?]... We decided to take a trek out on our frozen lake. Some of our neighbors were out drilling holes in the ice with an auger. One of their kids was sitting on an upturned bucket with his pole in the water. He had a hard time getting his minnow down through the ice, which was about 2 feet thick.

We also saw a few people snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and trudging (that was us).

Below, you can see the line of icehouses on the far side of the lake. Those are for people who take ice fishing seriously.


  1. There is only one kind of ice fishing: the serious kind.



    BAHAHHAHAHhahahah. My word verification is "tedium"!

  2. The hoodie looks great! And I can see the appeal of the pants for your son - mine would think exactly the same - as long as they are comfy, what they look like definitely comes 2nd.

    All that snow! Oh my gosh.

  3. I really should have read your review before I attempted this pattern! Looks like we had the same issues :-)

    I really love the jacket you made though!


Sorry to add word verification. Too much spam lately....


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