These are actually my third and fourth Sloane Sweatshirts by Named Clothing, but by far my favorites. My first one was made in French terry from Thread International and it gets a lot of wear, but it’s much more basic. (btw, Thread International is closing their fabric business, so head over there for some super good deals on ethical fabric made from recycled plastic!) And my second was made in a cheap mystery knit that ended up rather oversized and sloppy-looking, so it lives in my pajama drawer.
The Sloane has long darts from hem to bust point that give it a nice shape and a more elevated look than your typical sweatshirt. Other than this detail, it’s as straightforward as they come and a super quick sew. (Or at least it should be if your serger is behaving!)
I had this fuzzy, sheep-y look in mind since seeing a similar sweatshirt in a shop in Albuquerque back in November, but it took me a bit to find the perfect fleecey fabric. And then I realized I should just go to Joann – they have a big selection of cuddle fabric and the one I got has a soft knit backing that’s perfect. (I think it’s this one, but I’m not sure!)
At first I wanted to find a burgundy rib knit for the cuffs, but I fortunately thought better of it. I finished this in December, so I think those colors combined with the time of year would have made me look like a walking Santa hat! I discovered I love this white and bright blue color combo, so I’m very glad I changed my mind. This bamboo rib knit is from Stonemountain and the leftovers were what I used for my Sunny Dress.
This sweatshirt is so cuddly and warm and I just love it. The only thing is that it’s terrible to wear while sewing, because the fabric basically acts like tentacles and sucks up every loose thread and random piece of fluff around!
Punch Needle Sloane
Have you heard of punch needle? I lurked around on the #oxfordpunchneedle hashtag on Instagram for a while before deciding to give it a try. It seemed like a good portable hobby that’s a bit more creative than knitting and less fussy than embroidery. One road trip to LA later, and I had a fun mini rug-like thing ready for…something. Why not put it on a sweatshirt?
This thick cotton/poly sweatshirting came from Stonemountain and it was soooo different to work with compared to the rib knit and sherpa fleece. It’s thick, doesn’t stretch a lot, and my serger haaaated it. I think I did the neckband at least three times, which is why it ended up a lot wider than my other Sloane. But in the end that was good, because of that whole non-stretchy factor.
After I finished sewing the sweatshirt, I handstitched the punch needle piece to the front. The monk’s cloth backing is turned under, so there aren’t any raw edges in danger of unraveling (so far!).
I really like how this sweatshirt turned out and I wear it probably once a week. It was a bit of an experiment, but a satisfyingly wearable one! I have some more punch needle projects planned and I’m excited to see what else I can do with this craft.
Both of these Sloane Sweatshirts have been finished for over a month, but I wanted to wait to post them until after I saw how they fared with wearing & washing. I know a lot of bloggers like to post their makes before they’ve worn them out and about, but I like to give an honest take on how they wear. And both of these have been fine so far, yay! I’ve machine washed them inside-out and hung them to dry, and they’ve both come out fairly unscathed. The sherpa Sloane got a little less fuzzy around the seams and developed a mysterious crease down the front, but is otherwise as soft as ever. And the punch needle piece only got a little fuzzier, but is otherwise perfect!
If you’re looking for a new sweatshirt pattern to try out, I highly recommend the Sloane. The drafting is excellent and the result is super comfy, but a little more interesting than your usual loungewear. For the record, both of these are a size 38 and I about doubled the width of the cuffs and hemband, just for my personal preference!
P.S. Apologies for the wrinkles, lack of “real” pants, and ghostly pallor. I have been sick all weekend, but decided I needed to take advantage of being at home and the decent light. The best I could do was a swipe of mascara, sorry!