Prepare to Sew
Let’s sew up Lex! In this sewalong, you’ll see each step from the instructions in action and get some extra tips to help you sew. Tip: keep the instructions nearby while you watch!
While this pattern is beginner-friendly, we assume that you’re not an absolute beginner and you have some experience cutting out fabric, finishing seams, and using your machine and tools. If you need extra help along the way, click the “Links” tab below the video player or hop onto the Community to post a question.
You’re going to learn how to:
- Attach binding
- Sew a neckband, cuffs, and hem bands
You’re NOT going to learn how to:
- Cut out and mark your fabric
- Use basic sewing tools and supplies
- Fit this particular pattern
If you need additional help with the skills required for this class, click the “Links” tab below the video player for a helpful list of tutorials.
Fabric and Fit
Fabrics to shop: This sweatshirt sews up best in medium-weight or heavy-weight knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch, such as sweatshirt fleece, fleece, French terry, and sherpa knits. For the contrasting fabric at the neck, sleeve, and hem bands, look for similar knits with more stretch, about 50%.
Fabrics to avoid: Avoid very drapey, lightweight knits, like ITY and rayon. They won’t be able to support the kangaroo pocket. Look for a cotton jersey blended with rayon or bamboo if you want that softer fit.
Fit: This pattern has gender-expansive drafting. This means that it was fit on both male and female models during development. Compare your measurements to the finished garment measurements to pick the amount of ease you want. The most important measurements to consider are your chest, across shoulder, and bicep. You can lengthen or shorten as needed. If you already own a sweatshirt that fits well, measure and compare it to the Lex measurement chart.
Lex Sweatshirt Sewalong
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- Lex pattern
- All-purpose polyester sewing thread
- Ballpoint sewing machine needle
- Ballpoint twin needle
- Main fabric: Medium-weight to heavy weight fabrics knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch, such as sweatshirt fleece, fleece, French terry, and sherpa knits.
- Contrast fabric: Medium-weight knit fabrics with at least 50% stretch, such as sweatshirt fleece, fleece, French terry, and sherpa knits.