October 22, 2012

Jersey Weave Sweatshirt

Earlier this month, I attempted to create a jersey-weave sweatshirt from a DIY/tutorial by the talented Sophie at The Forge.  I spent days staring at Sophie's creation, looking at it from all angles to analyze the intricacies of her work, particularly the perfectly curved, checkerboard-style lines in the front of the sweatshirt (which the jersey shirt is woven through, hence the name).  Sophie's secret weapon: a fabric marker.

My secret weapon: the inability to follow directions--and as a consequence, reinterpreting them...

Without a fabric marker, I free-handed my sweatshirt lines with my trusty box cutter (thanks, husband).  Roughly two days later, with half the t-shirt cut up and woven through the sweatshirt, I was finally done.

Thoughts on my course of action:
The lines ended up looking slightly off-kilter, organically curving across the front of the sweatshirt.  (Note to self: you can't see the cuts you make in dark-colored fabric.)  I also did not cut out the collar of the sweatshirt, which detracted (I think) from the "slightly trendy/cozy" appeal of the initial design.  My chosen color combination was also reminiscent of holiday sweaters; the front of the sweatshirt was slightly heavy due to the weaving of fabric.

An issue I had:
The sweatshirt fabric tears slightly if you pull on it after lines are cut, so I am unsure of how Sophie was able to have the lines so close to one another without accidentally making two of her cuts (in separate, one-on-top-of-the-other lines) rip into one.  Also, don't pull too hard on the jersey fabric because the front of the sweatshirt bunches up, leaving the piece looking ruched/ruffled.

However, my result is a very unique sweatshirt.  I can see why Sophie cut out the collar and part of the sleeves--she has a great eye for matching details.  I, on the other hand, don't care so much for matching, so my creation is perfect for me. 

Ready for a comparison?

Note: the sweatshirt looks better on a model than hanging from a hanger on the door.

The Forge's sweatshirt:

Which was inspired by the now non-existent site pups-paris.com design:

My end product:

Yes, I would recommend this project for a Christmas gift if you have the time and patience to work slowly (especially with the cutting and fabric weaving), and if you can be gentle with the fabric.

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