The holidays always brings crazy schedules, gift sewing, and holiday decor sewing. It always feels busy and rushed. This year I decided to not make any handmade gifts because it takes away from my enjoyment of the holidays. I did make stockings and holiday tees, and I’m planning to make a fabric Christmas tree box/basket for one of our trees. I know I sew a lot of things for myself which is how I take care of myself, but sometimes life gets crazy and I can’t sew as much. When some sewing friends on instagram decided to do the #halifaxholidayparty to take a break from holiday sewing I had to jump in. Especially because the Halifax Hoodie* is such a quick and rewarding sew. And since I switched it up a little bit, I decided to show you how to add a lace overlay to any pattern piece!
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It was so cold when I was taking these pictures. It was well below freezing and even though I’m wearing my warmest boots and some long sleeve tees under the sweatshirt, I was shivering and couldn’t keep my hands out for very long. Since I take my own pictures with a remote and tripod, they never take me that long but I was shivering by the time I was done with these.
- The trick to adding a lace overlay to a pattern piece is to cut the pattern piece out of your fashion fabric and then cut the same piece out of lace.
- Then you treat them like one piece and sew them together in all the seams with the other pattern pieces.
- Remember: if you are using knit fabric then you need to use a stretchy lace with a similar amount of stretch. If you are using a woven fabric then you need to use a non-stretchy lace with no stretch. That’s the easiest way to insure that your garment will turn out well.
- Use these 16 tips for sewing knit fabric.
I used three different fabrics for this sweatshirt. I used leftover merino wool sweatshirt fabric from The Fabric Store. I originally bought two yards, but I didn’t realize how wide it was. I bought it to make a cardigan and bought the recommended amount of fabric. Since it was so wide I had just under a yard of fabric left. I knew if I was careful I could get a sweatshirt out of the remnant. I had to cut the front perpendicular to the grain with a seam down the front, but I knew it would be covered by the lace. The back and the sleeves were cut correctly since you would see it. Then since I didn’t have any fabric left I had to use something else for the cuffs and bands. I had this light oatmeal heathered mystery fabric I got from a friend. It’s probably a double knit or interlock with spandex so it has great return. Then I used the pretty knit lace for the front. The lace is from an online friend from more than a year ago. She sent it to me, and I just paid shipping. It’s pretty amazing how these three fabrics coordinate so well.
Let’s talk about the fit and the pattern. I’ve made the Halifax* three times before, but I’ve only made the other versions. I really love them and wear them all the time. When I read the sizing I pretty much fit in a size small but I was worried about having enough room around my hips. The finished garment measurements for a size small are my waist measurements. When I cut out the pattern I graded out from a size small at the bust to a size medium at the hem. I cut out a medium size waistband also. Then I added 1″ to the sleeves and 1″ to the hem. I sewed it up, it sews up really fast because there’s no hems, and then tried it on. Once I had it on I realized that the hip area was too large. It stuck out and didn’t hug my body or even drape around my body. This could be from the fabric I used since the sweatshirt fleece has a stiffer hand and only a little bit of stretch. I took off the waistband and shortened it to a size small, and I took the seams in to make it all a size small. Then I sewed the waistband back on. I love that I took the time to get the right fit, and I’m very happy with the result. The seam ripping was definitely worth it!
I really love the front seam lines. I think they are so flattering and interesting. I love the hi-lo hem. I really want to make another one to add to my wardrobe! I think I love the most that it is basically all gray because I love gray, and I love solids. I love that this sweatshirt reads like a solid, but it has texture and color change to make it interesting.
Here are the other four hoodies in the Halifax party:
- Floral Halifax Hoodie by Handmade by Lara Liz
- Three Halifax Hoodies by Skirt Fixation
- Purple Halifax Hoodie by Radiant Home Studio
- Halifax Hoodie by Made by Sara
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!