Hello again! I have a pattern review to share with you today along with a review of the fabric*. I used a lovely teal blue bamboo fleece fabric. This was my first time working with a bamboo fleece and I’m really looking forward to sharing about it!
Look for a Discount Code from Nature’s Fabric at this end of this post that you can enjoy as well.
*The fabric was supplied for this project but the opinions are my own.
Pattern Description: “The Cosmos Sweatshirt is an oversized raglan top designed with comfort and style in mind. This generous fitting sweatshirt is a very quick and easy make and features a wide bottom band that lands just above the hip.
Version #1 features a funnel neck that lands about mid-neck height and is self-faced with the raglan seams continuing up into the neck.
Version #2 features a more traditional curved neckline with a neckband.
Sleeve A features a long bell sleeve and Sleeve B features a cuffed long sleeve.”
Pattern Sizing: Size 00 – 20 Full Bust 31” – 47” (79cm – 119 cm) and Curvy Size 16 – 34 Full Bust 43.5” – 61.5” (111cm – 156cm)
Did it look like the photo/drawing when you finished sewing? Yes. I made Version 1 with Sleeve A
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. Admittedly, I was in the test group for the pattern so if I had questions or feedback, I shared in that forum. This is a quick sew and a fun project to make with a smaller amount of fabric. The finishing details are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside (a trademark for SH7 patterns).
Fabric used (did you use the suggested fabrics in the pattern)? From the pattern recommendations: “Mid to heavy weight knit fabrics with at least 20% stretch such as stretch sweatshirt fleece, stretch French terry, stable interlock fabrics.”
For the muslin I used a fine micro fleece in a polyester base. For my final I used a lovely bamboo fleece from Nature’s Fabric. I have never used a bamboo fleece prior to this experience and it is quite amazing! I loved the unique blue tone of the Delph colorway. I’m drawn to blue fabrics and will wear this one a lot! Bamboo fabric is quite soft but the drape within the fleece base was such a lovely surprise to me! It pairs so well with this pattern and has really unique elements for a sweatshirting fabric. I would call the fabric weight between a light to medium. This weight is helpful to get a nice drape in the finished garment.
Did you alter the pattern in any way? Slightly, I graded under the arms from an 8 to a 10 from the waist down. I used a 8 for the sleeves and a 10 for the bottom waistband.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No. I love this design as is. I can’t get over how comfortable it is while also looking elegant. I used thread to mark the back of the sweatshirt. The pattern recommends using a label inside the garment to note the front and back of the sweatshirt. I have fabric labels but I thought thread would be more comfortable on the back of my neck within the funnel neck feature.
Would you sew it again? I would! I’d love to try version 2 with sleeve B. I love that there are two versions and two sleeve options for multiple combinations with just this one pattern.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes!! I find this sweatshirt cozy and elegant, such a unique and fun combination.
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Advanced Beginner
Does the pattern include layers for easy printing? Yes
Seam allowances used in the pattern: 3/8″ (10cm) included in the pattern
Is the pattern cut or no cut pages? Cut pages
If you’d like to purchase some of the lovely Bamboo French terry to enjoy as well, I have a 15% off discount code* to share with you from Nature’s Fabric: rbarnessewing21
*The discount does not apply to any fabric that is over $30 a yard. It doesn’t apply to wool interlock, wholesale, custom printing and or special orders.
I highly recommend you grab a copy of this pattern to enjoy as well! The pattern is on sale 20% off through April 23, 2021 (no discount code necessary for the pattern). The skirt pictured in the photos is the free Elemental Skirt from Sew House 7. The jeans pictured are the Morgan jeans that I shared about making in this post. The red clogs are from Lotta from Stockholm.
Nature’s Fabric has an amazing variety of colors in their bamboo fleece stretch fabrics. Check out their selection and enjoy the discount code (mentioned above)! If you’ve never worked with a bamboo fleece, it’s absolutely worth picking some up to enjoy!