Completed: Fleecy Fraser Sweatshirt

2 Mar

Ok, so, apologies in advance for posting a really boring sweatshirt today, but, I feel like this post is warranted for two reasons – really awesome fabric, and a previously overlooked version of a pattern.

Honestly, this might be my new favorite fabric at Mood (up there in the ranks with their Bamboo Jersey and Organic Cotton twill). AND they have plenty of colors still in stock (although as of this posting, currently sold out of this particular green – sorry!)! It’s a Christmas Miracle!

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

In all seriousness, though, I wanted to really focus on the fabric for this post. I promise it’s a really good one and worth the praise! I found this Moss Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Fleece on the Mood Fabric’s website a few months ago, via swatch (I always take advantage of my free swatches and usually end up throwing random stuff in my cart before I place my order! I have discovered some REALLY cool fabrics that way that I might have otherwise overlooked). I’m not even kidding when I say it’s one of my new favorite fabrics – they have loads of colorways and it’s nice and wide (60″) so you need less yardage.

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

The fabric is comprised of 66% bamboo, 28% cotton, and 6% spandex. That little bit of spandex is essential for giving the fabric a great stretch with a fabulous recovery. Plus, I really love bamboo fabrics – they are soft, easy to wash and wear, and they are antimicrobial so they have fantastic stink-reducing properties!

This fabric is considered a sweatshirt fleece, meaning it is has one side that is nice and smooth and the opposite side is soft and brushed. Unlike your typical sweatshirt fleece, it’s a slightly lighter weight with a softer drape. It is also a 4 way stretch, which, WEIRDLY (don’t ask me why, I couldn’t tell you) has more stretch along the grain rather than the crossgrain (if I recall, 40% at the cross grain and something like 80% along the grain). It’s soft (did I mention that it’s soft? Because it is FUCKING SOFT), it snaps back into shape, and it comes in a nice array of colors – what isn’t there to love?

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

This sweatshirt is actually the second garment I made using this fleece – my first garment was a pair of black Virginia leggings. I don’t have any photos of those – let’s be real, they are black leggings and basically impossible to photograph – but I wear them ALL THE TIME (here is a photo on my Instagram – I’d already been wearing them for 3 days at that point haha). Think of your favorite fleece leggings or tights – and then just imagine them in bamboo instead of poly (so no stink and no pilling). Because of the spandex, the fabric doesn’t bag out – meaning no baggy knees or butts. Also, in retrospect – they look pretty much the same as the pants I am wearing (the Cecilia Pant from Elizabeth Suzann – aka my MAGIC PANTS seriously you guys these pants are magical), so maybe I should have just worn the leggings for this photo!

So anyway, about this project! After my success with the leggings, I bought 2 more yards of this hunter green colorway without a real idea of what I wanted to make with it. I knew I wanted a sweatshirt, but a plain sweatshirt seemed like such a cop-out. So I went with the Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt.

I will be completely honest – I did NOT like this particular view of the Fraser when I first saw it (or, to be even more honest – any subsequent versions that I’ve seen since). I dunno, the super contrast yoke just looks unflatteringly Western to me (and I typically love me some Western wear) – very costume-y, very Wonder Woman. I had no intentions of ever sewing up that version (I do like the other versions – you can see the one I made with a collar here), but weirdly, I thought of it when I was trying to decide what to do with this fleece. I thought it might look good with the contrast just being the wrong fuzzy side of the fabric, so the color still matched but there would be some subtle texture differences (again, just like my version with the collar).  I’m actually pretty pleased with the end result – it’s still a nice sweatshirt but with a little more interest… and it doesn’t look costume-y. And I have worn it every day this week, no lie, so obviously it’s a massive success in my book haha.

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics
Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

I made a size 0 and slimmed down the hips (Sewaholic Patterns are designed for pear-shaped women, and I’ve found I don’t need the extra room down there). I also cut this on the lengthwise grain, instead of the crossgrain – remember when I said the fabric had more stretch on the lengthwise grain? I think it would work either way, but I wanted a reeeeeally stretchy, comfy sweatshirt! Shortened the sleeves about 1″… they are still slightly long, but in my experience it’s better to keep them long and allow for a little more shrinkage, then re-hem if necessary. I have waaaay too much bracelet-length sleeves as a result of not being aware of this for the first half of my sewing career haha.

I did have to pay careful attention to the stitching at the center front V, as well as matching the sleeve contrast seam to the bodice contrast seam – for those, I based first on my sewing machine (much easier to take the stitches out if you mess it up) before using my serger. I used the single needle chainstitch on my coverstitch machine to topstitch the contrast, to give it a little more dimension. Other than that, a very quick and easy sew! I did notice the the fleece flattens when you press it, but it’s easy to fluff back up with your fingers.

Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt made with stretch fleece from Mood Fabrics

Anyway, that’s all for this one! A simple project, but also a big gushy heart-eyes love song about some amazing fabric! Now, quick, y’all need to buy it before I snap up the rest of this stuff! 🙂

** Note: The fabric used for this post was provided to me by Mood Fabrics, in exchange for my participation in the Mood Sewing Network. All opinions are my own!


21 Responses to “Completed: Fleecy Fraser Sweatshirt”

  1. steelyseamstress March 2, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    This really works – that subtle contrast is just right for this view and adds interest without being overpowering.

    • LLADYBIRD March 2, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you! I am pretty happy with how it turned out 😀

  2. tracy March 2, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    Man, I LOVE that fabric. I’ve been trying to find good sweatshirt fabric everywhere and it’s impossible. I love what you did with the pattern too.

    • LLADYBIRD March 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      Ummm it is the BEST fabric! Seriously, I’m practically sitting on my hands to prevent myself from ordering more haha. I hope this ends up being one of the fabrics that Mood just regularly carries and restocks.

  3. bethnegrey March 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    This is just gorgeous (am I saying that about a sweatshirt? oh, yeah!). And what a very perfect color on you. Thanks for your tips about sleeves, and I love how you reversed the fabric for the yoke. However, I don’t have a serger, just a basic sewing machine. Could I make this sweatshirt, basically as is (pattern, fabric, etc.), without getting more tech-y?

    • LLADYBIRD March 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      Thank you! You definitely don’t need a serger to sew this. I just used mine because I happen to have it haha. It would be fine with a regular sewing machine, though.

  4. topstitching March 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm #


  5. Meira Bear March 2, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Ooh that looks so cozy! I’m please and surprised that there still exists sweatshirt fleece that isn’t half-polyester–that stuff is too sweaty.

    • LLADYBIRD March 3, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      Yeah, this stuff is pretty amazing! Not sweaty at all!

  6. alaniasheeley March 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    Really like your sweatshirt. I’m currently reading Palmer/Pletsch’s book on knits and it mentions that a lot of the knit fabrics used by RTW manufacturers have more stretch in the lengthwise grain; it is more economical. Lately, these fabrics have started showing up in fabric stores. Something we need to be aware of so that we buy the correct amount of yardage for our projects.

    • LLADYBIRD March 3, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      I never thought of that, but it makes perfect sense. Fortunately, I bought more than I needed (I still have about a yard leftover) so it wasn’t an issue, but something to keep in mind for future project yardages.

  7. Abbey March 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    I like your take on this Lauren. I didn’t really fancy this view of the pattern either at release, but I think that’s because there’s no back yoke so to me it’s odd/ unfinished. But with this gorgeous colour and the two tone effect, it works.

    • LLADYBIRD March 3, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      Yeah, i didn’t understand the lack of back yoke either. That might have been my other issue with the design.

  8. Juliana @ Urban Simplicity March 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    That is super cute! I generally don’t care for color blocking either. I really like the subtle contrast you’ve done with this. It looks very cozy! The fit is spot-on too. Lovely.

  9. mertxelasierra March 3, 2018 at 3:24 am #

    Interesting how you use the same jersey to make cuffs and bottom band… I thought we could only make them with matched ribbed jersey… Are they included in the pattern? Can you explain how you make them? See? All projects are interesting, even our everyday makes!

    • LLADYBIRD March 3, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      The pattern includes pattern pieces and instructions for using self fabric to make the cuffs and bottom band. You can use ribbed knit, but it’s hard to get a good color match so most patterns assume you will be using self fabric.

  10. Chris Griffin March 3, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    Love it and now I need more sweatshirt fleece. Win-win!!

  11. Becky Thompson March 6, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

    Splendid! I went and snagged the pattern for those leggings. Nice sweatshirt! Love it.

    On another note, wow…your mayor. Wups! Can’t be paying your bodyguard overtime for um…guarding your body! LOL Nashville…Never A Dull Moment! 😀

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