The “She Got Game” Sweatshirt
As a Wardrobe Consultant I try not to spend too much time running around in my workout clothes. I’m not hardcore about it. I don’t stress if there is no way around it but I do make an effort. You never know who you’ll run into.
For this challenge I knew I wanted to make a sweatshirt. I was thinking maybe some more sports mesh in a bright color with a cool print underneath. Or a referee stripe with contrasting sleeves. I had no luck finding the right colors or prints so I walked around for a while looking for some new inspiration. Phillip Lim designed a raglan top with leather sleeves so I decided to make my own version using faux leather. This fabric with the tattoo print was perfect.
The pattern is pretty simple and assembly was easy so there’s not much to say there. I did have a tiny bit of trouble working with the faux leather but not much. The only thing I would change is the neckband. I would make it a little longer. You’re supposed to stretch it to make it fit being careful not to stretch the neck opening fabric. The faux leather has stretch but quickly bounces right back so the fabric looks gathered where it attaches to the sleeves. It doesn’t look bad but I know it’s there and I think I’d feel self conscious about it if I were around an experienced sewer. It’s pretty pricey stuff so I didn’t have much left over for a redo. I used a piece of stretch cotton left over from my skinnies to make the band. The original design of the top has a rounded bottom so I changed it to accommodate the band.
I like the way this shot looks in black and white. Gritty and raw. Sort of old school too. These are my son’s size 13 basketball shoes-an old pair-that’s why they’re looking pretty beat up. I am also wearing his socks. I’m getting away with it because he’s out of town. We had to be careful where we took these pictures. I didn’t want to run into any of his friends-they’d tell.
Pattern: McCall’s 6614
Fabric: 7/8 yd. faux leather $14 and 1 1/2 yds. gallerie knit $10
Total Price: $24
First Worn: For this photo shoot
Wear again: Yes-when it gets cooler-the sleeves don’t breathe!