French Terry Jarrah Sweatshirt
I’m Cath and I’m delighted to be part of the Loubodu blogger team. I have always gone to Loubodu for their fantastic range of high quality stretch fabrics with fun and bold prints. Loubodu now also stock a beautiful array of woven fabrics, which are equally tempting. But for my first blog post I just had to choose a stretch fabric with a fabulous print.
I opted for this beautiful bright floral print French terry. It’s great quality at 95% cotton and 5% elastane - a perfect amount of stretch for sweatshirts, joggers, cosy jumper dresses and children’s clothes. French terry typically has a bit more weight to it than a standard jersey. It is smooth on one side and the other side (usually the reverse) has a looped or brushed texture. I love French terry, it’s great to sew with, very comfortable, breathable and a nice medium weight for layering over t-shirts. I have included a photo of the fabric close up so you can see the texture.
The French terry I chose for my first blog post is unusual as the fabric is printed on the loopback side. This gives it a really unique and pretty texture and I just couldn’t resist trying it out. It’s available on the Loubodu website in two really lovely colourways: blue with pink flowers and taupe with coral flowers.
I decided to make the Jarrah sweatshirt by Megan Nielsen patterns. I love the relaxed feminine vibe of Megan Nielsen patterns. I have sewn a couple of their patterns for woven fabrics before but this was my first time using one of their stretch patterns. I have had my eye on the Jarrah for a while as I thought it would be a great addition to my wardrobe that will transition well from winter to spring.
The Jarrah is designed as a loose fit drop shoulder sweater, which offers two neckline and two sleeve options and four hem styles. I opted for view C (crew neckline, waist tie and cuffs) as I think the waist tie feature is a cute detail that gives a twist from a standard sweatshirt.
I opted to make a size 0 as this pattern is designed to be oversized and I didn’t want it to swamp me. I also lengthened the main body of the sweater as I read it comes up on the cropped side and I have a long body so I didn’t want it too cropped! The only other slight alterations I made to the pattern was to add stablising tape across the shoulder seams, to avoid stretching with wear. I narrowed the sleeves slightly to give them a slightly closer fit. And I backed the waist tie with another layer of the floral fabric to ensure that none of the white reverse of the fabric would be visible when the tie was done up.
I found the jarrah to be a really quick and satisfying sew. I used my overlocker to complete most of it except the hem. If you don’t have an overlocker, you can use a zig zag or stretch stitch on your sewing machine instead. I also basted the neckband to the neckline of the sweatshirt using my sewing machine to check the fit. I usually do this when sewing with stretch fabrics as I find that depending on the individual fabric, the length of the neckband may need some adjustment to ensure it sits well. For this fabric I did not need to adjust the neckband length from the pattern piece length.
I am really happy with my final sweatshirt. I think it’s cute and fun and will be a great wardrobe staple with a pair of jeans or maybe over shorts for summer.
If you fancy making a Jarrah, check out Loubodu’s fantastic range of French terry fabrics. They are the perfect weight for a sweatshirt and there are lots of gorgeous plain colours as well as funky and pretty prints.