Union St. Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

I am subconsciously on a Union St. kick! The last 2 posts on the blog will prove that :) 

I made these Chi-Town Chinos (which you can read all about HERE!) and decided they definitely needed a new shirt to pair with them. It is finally feeling like fall around here and I get to wear my fave combo of shorts and sweatshirts again! 

I basically wanted an oversized super cozy long sleeved tee. So I grabbed these 2 fabrics from my stash and went to work. 

Both fabrics are from Imagine Gnats from over the summer. While the stripes are sold-out, there are still some other offerings of the same stretch French Terry I used. The sleeves are a lightweight jersey from the bargain yards section, and apparently those are all sold out, sorry!

I decided to go with the tried-n-true Union St Tee pattern. The only thing I did for starters was to size up to a size L. For reference, I usually make a S with stretchy fabrics like this.

I cut the main part from the stretch french terry and loved the look of the wider stripe for the sleeves so I went for it. The lightweight jersey, however, was quite a bit lighter than the french terry and also sheer, so not super warm and I wanted cozy. So my genius solution to this was to simply cut 2 sets of sleeves and double them up! Also, a fun outcome to this is that I put the sleeve fabric wrong sides together when attaching to the armsyces, so no wrong side of the fabric is visible from the inside or outside. Only a thing that another sewist would appreciate! ;)

I looooooove how the sleeves turned out! They are so soft and comfy and the perfectly just-a-tad-too-long length.

I debated about taking up the hem length by 2 inches when I cut out my pattern, but decided against it. In the end, it was really wide at the bottom, so I cut off 3 inches and added a band to make it more sweatshirt-like. I used the band pattern from the Halifax Hoodie for this, but ended up taking that in by 1 1/2" as well.

This was a really quick and super satisfying sew. Because sewing something that feels like a hug on a cold rainy day is very satisfying.

Pattern: Union St Tee

Size Sewn: L (Normally would make a S)

Changes made: Cut 3 inches off of the bottom and added a sweatshirt band, using the band pattern
                          from the Halifax Hoodie.

Fabrics used: Stretch French Terry & Lightweight Jersey from Imagine Gnats
                      White ribbing from Joann's

1 comment

  1. OH, I didn't even notice the thin stripes on the body at first. I love that detail!


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