Hello, Hello. Things have been rough here since July so blogging has taken a backseat. My health went more south again. I gained 25lbs June-Aug and got my thyroid checked; yes it’s wonky but doc wants to wait to see if it stays wonky.
Then in Oct I had a surgery, and an infection, and then took antibiotics I KNEW would mess up my stomach. So it was no surprise that the week of Thanksgiving I was struck with horrid gastritis again from the medicine damage they say.
I am still dealing with that and struggling to even eat oatmeal and hold down water. So I’ve lost 15 of the 25lbs. So I am here and I am sewing when I can, which is not as often as I would like.
I finally took a bunch of pics of some of my backlogged makes yesterday so I have a few posts to share.
New Horizons Summit Hoodie
1st make: 08/18/19
My measurements at the time: bust 39, waist 32, hip 46.5
Size Sewn: 12 bust/waist to an 18 hip
Fabric: 2 yards Navy Blue Sweatshirt Fleece, 80% cotton, 20% poly. Purchased Feb 2015 from fashionfabricsclub for $11 total. The owl is french terry that I cut up from this unloved P4P hoodie I made in Nov 2016. The owl is from Wanderlust Designs Custom Fabric on Facebook. I purchased the owl 1 yard in May 2016 on sale for $16.50. I also added Thermoflex vinyl to the hoodie with my Silhouette Cameo
Sewing: so the pocket construction on this is flat out weird. I have sew a few styles like this in the past and this construction is by far the strangest of the bunch – and not in a good way. Also, because of the way the panels are drafted the armscye is no longer curved and doesn’t match the sleeve.
Fit: The sleeves are WAY tight. Squeezing tight. The back is also tight across the shoulders – a problem I seldom have with patterns.
Thoughts: I love the look of this top but the drafting leaves some to be desired. I would pass on this pattern and look towards the very similar Sinclair Skylar instead.
However, looking past all that I love love love the look of this first one. I’m super sad it is too tight. I will just have to wait until my weight decreases enough that it fits. My fabric is a nice sturdy sweatshirt fleece and not as stretchy.
2nd make: 09/14/19
My measurements at the time: bust 39, waist 32, hip 47.5
Size sewn: 14 bust/waist to 20 hip
Fabric: 2 yards Royal French Terry from stylish fabrics. Purchased in Apr 2017 for $7.40/yard; it is soft and stretchy and must have some rayon in it; it is also thin for FT. The Dreamcatcher French Terry is from Wanderlust Designs Custom Fabric on Facebook and I purchased it in May 2016 for $16.50 for a yard. The side panels only use a bit of fabric. I added Thermoflex vinyl to this hoodie too with my Silhouette Cameo.
Same sewing thoughts as above.
Fit: this one fits quite different than the first because of the fabric. This one is stretchier and more drapey. I really don’t care for how it feels. The pocket is baggier because of the double layer of fabric and the nature of rayon.
Thoughts: I don’t think I’ll wear this one much. I made it in Sept and only wore it once since then; when I wore it I felt uncomfortable in it.