Sewing the Closet Core Mile End Sweatshirt with So What If I Sew

Sewing the Closet Core Mile End Sweatshirt with So What If I Sew

When the weather starts to turn and the evenings get dark, I reach for my knitwear drawer. Although I love the summer, I am at heart a winter baby. I love being cold. I love snow. I love black ankle boots and tailored coats. But most of all I love jumpers. 

There is nothing better than a big fluffy sweatshirt or a cosy cashmere knit and so when Steph from The Rag Shop got in touch about a guest blog project, I immediately decided to go for my favourite ‘Tried and Tested’ pattern.

Pattern Choice

The Closet Core Mile End Sweatshirt is a comfortable, boxy jumper with a cropped shape and darted sleeves. Prior to this project I had made one of the sweatshirt view in Black French Terry and one of the hoodie view in Rose Alpine Sweatshirting from The Rag Shop and I was hankering after a bright statement sweatshirt version to take me into autumn and winter. 

One of the reasons I adore this pattern is that the sizing block is a great shape on my figure and the instructions are so easy to follow. It always produces an professional looking garment in no time at all!

The only sticking point up to now was the neckline and cuffs which I struggled to get perfect so between us Steph and I came up with a solution that also allowed me to learn a new skill. 


Fabric Choice

When choosing fabric for this project I wanted to combine cosy with statement and create something ultimately comfortable and stylish. Bright red is one of my favourite colours to wear and so when I saw this red sweatshirting it just had to be! 

The fabric is a brushed sweatshirting made up of 70% Cotton and 30% Polyester, the polyester content makes it a really durable fabric that doesn’t crease very much and holds a little bit of structure. Although it doesn’t have any elastane, the knitted construction does give it a bit of stretch and that little bit of shape it holds makes it perfect for the Mile End Silhouette. This is a lovely chunky fabric at 440gsm. The Rouge Cotton Sweatshirt Ribbing is the perfect match for it.

I adore how soft this fabric is and it was lovely and stable to work with. A perfect match for the Mile End pattern. 


Sewing The Mile End Sweatshirt With Ribbing  

The first thing to be aware of, if like me you haven’t used ribbing before, is that ribbing arrives as a tube. Ribbing is machine knitted as a continuous tube, a technique which provides a huge amount of crosswise stretch. Ribbing is often sold in half metre lengths as well as by 10cm. 


Step 1

Make sure to lay your neckband and cuff pattern pieces out with the greatest degree of stretch going across the pattern piece. 



Step 2

Try not to stretch the ribbing as you cut it. I decided to use my rotary cutter instead! The more your stretch and handle your ribbing, the greater the possibility that it will warp.


Step 3

Use a very narrow zig zag stitch to close the loop of the neckband and cuffs. Then gently pin the raw edge of the neckband to the neckline of your sweatshirt. Stretch the neckband to fit the sweatshirt. 


Et voila!


Ribbing has really changed the way I feel about cuffs and neckbands. I used to find them tricky and frustrating but using ribbing has made those areas simple and effective. 

There is a reason I now have three versions of the Mile End Sweatshirt. This pattern is comfortable, cosy and the boxy cut provides a fab amount of bust room and arm mobility.  It can be made in sweatshirting, French terry or a heavy weight jersey and the pattern produces a beginner friendly professional looking garment. 


Check out Jess’s YouTube channel for more information on this make. And check out her Instagram @sowhatifisew

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