My very own mongrammed DIY varsity sweater

September 13, 2016 4 Comments

My very own mongrammed DIY varsity sweater

September 13, 2016 4 Comments

DIY varsity sweater

DIY varsity sweater

So here is my finished varsity sweater! I have already showed you a tutorial on how I made the varsity letter (J as in Johanna of course!) and here comes the actual sweater, which BTW took less time to make than the varsity letter! I had planned to use the raglan pattern from the Jenny Hellström book, but then I discovered that the pattern was pretty similar to the Built By Wendy raglan top which I already had as a sloper in card stock paper, so I decided to used that pattern instead to save time and skip all the tracing hassle.

 

DIY varsity sweater

DIY varsity sweater

This varsity sweater is truly a stash buster project. I used some leftover ribbing fabrics in grey and off white, a cotton burnout voile for the overlay and some black fleece I had lying around. The only thing I had to buy was the off white fleece for the upper letter applique.

 

 

DIY varsity sweater

The voile is slightly delicate so after cutting I noticed it had a little tear close to the neckline and I didn’t have any more fabric. Hopefully it won’t grow bigger.

 

DIY varsity sweater

I left the back plain since I wanted to preserve the movement of the stretch knit fabric. The downside of adding a woven overlay is that it can restrict the movement and might require adding more ease to the pattern.

 

DIY varsity sweater

Inspired by the street style look of the varsity sweater, I tried to recreate that vibe in the photo shoot . Luckily we have a basket ball court and a skateboard ramp with graffiti just around the corner from our apartment, so I think it worked out well!

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  • raquel from JC September 13, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Yay!!!!!! What a great top! Talking about Varsity Letters my daughter has received three of those wooohoooo! (she is member of her high school swim team). The VL is really a letter and a letter heheheheheheh: a big letter V and a letter telling everybody she has met all the academic and athletic requirements of excellence, so I tell you: you have met very high standards of sewing and FUN!

    • Johanna September 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

      That’s such a great story. Congrats to your daughter, very impressive! We don’t get these on Sweden so I have to award myself instead 😉 And thank you for your kind words ☺

  • Kyle D Burkhardt September 15, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Great job, looks like a fun shirt to wear.

    • Johanna September 16, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Absolutely! I plan to wear it to work next week (dresscode is pretty casual) I’m curious to see if anyone even notice that I have a large J embellished on me 😃

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