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Kwik Sew 2419 and news!

Well finally it's cooled off a little bit.. I say a little bit because next week, apparently it will be up to 30 degrees on the Queensland (state) coast.  Just a reminder for those not in Australia, this is the start of winter. Currently it's pouring rain on the east coast which is also quite out of season but there you have it.... according to some, there is no climate change; nothing to see here. 

But, I digress. I made a sweatshirt from two sweatshirt fabric remnants from Spotlight. They were both the same size about 70cm long and immediately I earmarked them for Alex. He likes a plain grey sweatshirt and this year he requested one pullover style and a hood. I used Kwik Sew 2419 which is actually described for girls but really, is a hoodie like this just suitable for girls? Unisex me thinks.

It was a made up quickly. I used some scrap Star Wars fabric to interface the pocket openings, purely because I couldn't be bothered to iron on any real interfacing. You don't see it so it didn't matter. I also put some twill tape on the shoulders and some wide edge tape, cut in half lengthwise, to stabilise the hood opening. This allowed the stitching to not bunch up and the fabric not to stretch. I didn't use it on the hem because I was lazy. I stitched twice around the pocket with straight stitch and on the hemming of the bottom and the sleeves, pocket and hood openings I used a coverstitch like stitch on my sewing machine. I really like this stitch, last used on my niece's merino tops. It is a slightly utilitarian but fancy stitch without having to rethread the coverstitch. I'm still a bit afraid of that thing! All made up on the overlocker otherwise.

Here's a close up of the bottom hem with side splits, fancy utilitarian (such a contradiction :)) stitch and discreet label. It's a lovely soft fleece and Alex loves it. Of course he isn't here for a photo so floor photos have to suffice.

Remember the pants I made with the metal threads? Well they are terrifically comfortable and I love the style etc, but ... and this is a big but, I cannot wear them too long as the metal threads abrade my legs  - it's just as if you'd used steel wool to rub over your legs. At first wearing, I didn't get it, but wondered why my legs were rough a few days later. On second wearing, which was for a number of hours, the abrasiveness became really uncomfortable. The welts also came a bit undone and I had to topstitch them on the sides. No loss .. that pair was only .50c worth of fabric and a wearable muslin. I still wonder if they'd set the alarm off if I walked through airport security!

In my other news, I got a job! I start Monday and so I am sewing up a few things that are work appropriate. It's a 4 month contract but it's a foot in the door and I'm very excited. Hopefully I'll be able to post a few things that I've made before then but if not, wish me luck! My sewing (and everything else) may slow down for a while as we adjust.


  1. Good luck on the new job! Awesome sweatshirt, too!

  2. Congrats on your new job! yay!
    Love the discreet label!

  3. Congrats on the job. Look forward to seeing any work clothes that you make.

  4. Good luck starting your new job! The first week is the hardest, so go easy. Hope you get time for some work clothing makes.

    1. Thanks, good advice. I have some things cut out so hopefully they'll get made quickly!

  5. I'm thrilled you have a job - hopefully this will lead to another job in a few months time.

    The weather has certainly been strange - hard to sew for, isn't it? But I am sure that this top - which is fantastic - will be worn in cool evenings.

    Good luck.

    1. Thanks! I hope so too. Alex really loves it and boys love hoodies don't they. It's cooled off overnight as usual!

  6. best of luck with the job! I've just sewn up winter pyjamas and a dressing gown for my little one ;o)

    1. Thanks Colette. I saw them on your instagram. The pjs are so cute! Winter just hit with a bang!

  7. That turned out so cute!

  8. Congratulations on the job: work is a great excuse for new clothes!!

  9. Congratulations on your job! Nice work on this sweatshirt.

  10. Very nicely done. Looks warm and comfy and that stitching is great. And thanks for dropping by my blog and checking in on me. This is the first time I have taken a breath for quite some time. Work has been crazy.


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