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Sitka Sweatshirt and Plateau Joggers with June & Lu

Hi there! This year I am so excited to be an ambassador for June & Lu Fabrics. This shop specializes in European fabrics and they have a beautiful selection of fabrics from See You At Six, Elvelyckan, and Art Gallery. For my first project using fabrics from June & Lu, I decided to try out one of the See You At Six french terry fabrics with its matching ribbing.

I really had a difficult time deciding which french terry to choose, but ultimately decided on the Scribbles Autumn Leaf brown fabric. (Since I received my fabric this particular colorway has sold out, but the solid Autumn Leaf brown is still available. And I’m feeling very strongly that I need to get enough to make some full-length sweatpants with it! One of the other fabrics I have my eye on is this orange print french terry. They only have a small amount left so someone needs to go buy it and save me from myself, haha!) I received 2.5 yards of the french terry and half a yard of the Autumn Leaf brown ribbing.

When I received my fabric I was so thrilled! This is my first time sewing with a See You At Six french terry and it is so very soft. I’d say it’s a light to mid-weight, similar to other cotton/spandex french terry fabrics that I’ve used for my handmade sweatshirts. I couldn’t wait to get to sewing with it so that I could snuggle up in it! The Autumn brown color is so pretty. I’ve really been into copper and rust tones lately and this color is different than anything I have in my wardrobe.

My plan was to make a sweatshirt and then see if I had enough leftover fabric to make something else for myself or maybe my daughter. It had been a while since I’d made a Hey June Patterns Sitka Sweatshirt so I decided to make that in the non-color-blocked view. My Sitka is a size 10 graded to between the 12/14 lines at the hem. This is a size bigger than my current measurements but I wanted it to be oversized. This pattern is designed to be shrunken in length but I wanted the sleeves to go past my wrists so I lengthened them 1/2″ and increased the height of the cuffs by 2″ (so they are 1″ taller when folded and attached to the sleeves.)

I love the drop shoulder silhouette of this pattern. The fit is loose without being too boxy. My new Sitka is so comfortable and fits right into my cold-weather rotation of handmade sweatshirts!

I had a little over a yard of fabric left after I made the Sitka so I decided to try out the Plateau Jogger shorts from Closet Core Patterns. When the pattern was initially released I didn’t think I needed another Jogger pattern since I love the Hudson Pants pattern so much. But I never could stop thinking about that cute little swooped hemline of the shorts! I was also intrigued by the wraparound pocket situation and how the side seam looks to end at the top of the pocket.

One thing that had held me back was wondering how grading sizes from the waist to hip would go with that pocket construction. After I bought the pattern I read in the instructions that if you’re grading only one or two sizes to just cut the size that corresponds to your hip measurement. There will be more fabric to gather in the elastic but that way they’ll pull over the hips easily. I cut a straight size 14. I added 2″ to the length since they looked shorter than what I’d be comfortable wearing.

Sewing the shorts was really fun and I liked being a little challenged by the pocket/side seam construction. I love how the hemline looks! I only wish that we had shorts-wearing weather now but they’ll be great for when Summer rolls around again. I’ll have to try the pants view of the pattern soon! In the meantime, I love how my sweatshirt looks with jeans, too!

Thanks for reading!

~Teri

p.s. The fabrics in this post were provided by June & Lu in exchange for a post. The opinions expressed are mine.

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