Explore how fabric choice can completely change the Skipper sweatshirt’s look.
One Pattern, Three Fabrics
Sweatshirt knits are thicker and more stable than jersey knits. Their stretch can vary, so pay attention to the fabric description while planning your project. You can find sweatshirt knits in many different blends, from cotton to polyester or hemp. Rayon will add some drape. The fleece on the inside of a traditional sweatshirt knit is brushed for an extra-cozy texture that is soft against the skin. You can sew sweatshirt knits just as you would any other knit project—you’ll probably find that their extra stability makes for an easy sew!
International sources for sweatshirt knits: AU, CH, FR
This cozy knit is a dream to wear. French terry is a soft knit that is heavier than jersey but more forgiving than sweatshirt knits. It has loops on the wrong side and is smooth on the right side. A very comfortable fabric, French terry remains cozy in cold weather and helps wick moisture in the hotter months. Look for rayon blends for an extra soft drape and bouncy body. Soy blends are more prone to be pill-free, and hemp blends often have added texture.
International sources for French terry: AU, FR, NZ, UK
The Skipper sweatshirt works best with medium-weight knits. If you want to put a creative spin on your sweatshirt, skip the traditional sweatshirt fleece and look for medium-weight textured knits, like sherpa, brushed knits, and sweater knits. For help sewing knit fabrics with texture, read this article.
International sources for textured knits: CH, FR, NZ, UK
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