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Page Sweatshirts

Hi there! I’m back today with a pattern I can’t get enough of, the Page Hoodie from Chalk and Notch. (But, as you will notice, I haven’t made the hoodie version yet!) Our weather hasn’t been consistently warm yet, so I’m still very much into wearing sweatshirts this Spring. Plus, quarantine life demands comfy clothes, right?

I loved the shape of the Page right away. I did question if I needed another sweatshirt pattern, but clearly, I decided that I did. I am sort of kicking myself that I didn’t get the bundle with the kids’ pattern, too. My daughter is has burned me so many times lately with handmade clothes that she refuses to wear, though. It is super cute so I will probably get it eventually.

A little bit after the pattern release, Gabriela, the Chalk and Notch designer, released a crew neckband free add on for the Page Hoodie. That is totally what sold me on the pattern. I do want to make the hoodie version eventually, but I just love a classic, raglan sleeved, crewneck sweatshirt. This one is sort of a classic with a twist– it’s got a lot of ease for a more boxy shape, and a very cute cropped length.

The pattern includes 3 sleeve options, two long-sleeved, and one short-sleeved. There are two options for how to finish the bottom of the sweatshirt, a waistband or a drawstring. I went with the most basic view of my Page. I made the slim sleeve with the bottom hem band.

The first Page I made was the leopard print fabric. It’s a cotton/spandex french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. (It looks like it might be sold out currently.) I used some of their oatmeal french terry for the cuffs and bands. I cut a size 10 graded to between a 12 and 14 at the hips. (My measurements are 36.5″ bust, 30.5″ waist, 42.5″ hips.) I added 1/2″ to the length since it looked pretty cropped and I’m 5’7.5″ tall.

I found that the waistband was too loose after I sewed it together. Since it’s cropped it wasn’t coming near the widest part of my hips, so I didn’t need to grade out as far as I did. I unpicked the waistband and cut it down to between a 10 and a 12. I also adjusted the side seams to be a size smaller at the bottom of the sweatshirt. The fit is much better for me this way! I love the amount of ease at the waist for that cute boxy look.

The Page sweatshirt is a great match for my Lander pants and shorts. They are some of the highest waisted bottoms I have in my closet and I think they look so cute with the Page. I’ve also paired this leopard Page with my black wide-leg Free Range slacks and I love how they look together, too.

When I was cutting my leopard Page, I also cut sleeves, cuffs, and neckband from some ivory french terry scraps that I had in my stash. I was planning to cut the bodice from olive green french terry scraps that I had, but it turned out I didn’t have enough for the waistband. I let the sleeves sit for a couple of weeks and considered ordering a yard of french terry to complete my second Page.

A couple of days ago I was digging in my stash and I came across this giraffe print interlock that I’d totally forgotten about. The background color is the perfect match for my ivory french terry. I can’t believe I forgot about this cute fabric! I did actually buy it with the intention of making a t-shirt for my son, but he never seemed too interested in it. I’m feeling really happy about my decision to use it for myself! I love this second Page so much! (I did have enough fabric leftover to make a tank dress for my daughter and it’s so cute! Fingers crossed that she will actually wear it!)

For this second Page, I made a couple of changes to the bodice. I lengthened it an extra inch, so it’s now 1.5″ longer than the way the pattern is drafted. I also decided that I wanted the bottom of the sweatshirt to be a little smaller so that it didn’t have to stretch into the hem band quite as much. I cut the waistband at the size 10 but took in the side seams of the bodice by 5/8″ on each side, taking out 2.5″ of ease at the bottom of the bodice. This is just a personal preference thing– I didn’t want quite as much of a blouse-y look at the waistband.

I also slimmed the sleeves from about the elbow to the wrist by 5/8″. I wanted them to be closer to the size of the cuffs so they didn’t puff out above the cuff at all.

I really love the changes to my second Page and it fits exactly how I want it to! I think next time I might lengthen the sleeves a little more, but that is the only thing I’ll adjust. I really want to make the hoodie version soon, but I’m hoping that Spring/Summer weather will get here and maybe I won’t be wearing sweatshirts quite as much.  But I guess that means it’s the perfect time to try the short-sleeved version!

Are you still sewing/wearing sweatshirts where you live? If you’re in need of a pattern I’d recommend the Page Hoodie!

~Teri

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