Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The New Ali Sweatshirt Sewing Pattern From Sew DIY

The new Ali Sweatshirt from Sew DIY is making all my loungewear dreams come true. I'm going through a sewing for comfort phase (or have I always been in one?!), elastic waist paints, loose fitting tees, and now cozy sweatshirts. It was 95 degrees with drenching humidity the day I took these photos (which explains the drastic departure in hair styling), but even in the summer an easy wearing sweatshirt comes in handy. This is a little something to throw into the tote bag for the fireworks, or use as a beach coverup. The sand won't be an issue in a easy washing french terry knit. 

The Ali Sweatshirt construction is a nice little twist on your basic pullover. There is a two piece back yoke that pushes the shoulder seam a bit to the front. Those seam lines along with a two piece sleeve, and drop shoulder add a bit of subtle (my favorite kind) detail to the lines of the top. 
I made this as a pattern tester and I know Beth has tweaked the length since then so I won't get into how I altered mine. I love the exaggerated width and cropped length. I wore the Ali with my self-drafted shorts and Adventure Tanks all through an unusually chilly week in August when I was at my family's farm. Having a simple sweatshirt that I could wear over just about anything made it easy to pack light. 

For the sizing I sewed a medium graded to a large at the hips. Next time I think I could get away with a straight medium since I cropped the length to above my hip (i.e. largest measurement). There is also plenty of ease built into this design. 

The fabric is Telio Splendid french terry* in dark gray, and it is as splendid as its name would have you believe. It's a loose, soft weave, and has a nice bit of drape. I pre-washed it once, but next time I would do it twice. I've worn and washed it a lot and it's shrunk a little more. 

I've probably said it before but I love the layout of SewDIY patterns. There is such a clear hierarchy of information with sizes, labels, and notes each given their proper priority that there's no doubt where or what you're cutting. I hate it when you tape up a pattern and everything reads the same. They are the opposite of those Japanese pattern books where all the patterns are printed on top of each other giving me a headsplosion!

Pattern: Ali Sweatshirt from Sew DIY
Fabric: Telio Splendid French Terry in Dark Gray from Fabric.com*
Shorts: Self-Drafted

*Fabric.com links are affiliate links. The opinions are my own. 
I received this pattern for free as a tester for Sew DIY. The opinions are my own. 

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