I love the pattern (having drafted it for myself and used it for another sweater that gets tons of wear). I love the fabrics (having made several pairs of leggings from the ridiculous scuba print that I adore). I love the color (me and fuchsia get along real well). I love sweatshirts (I wear a seriously high quotient of sweatshirts). And yet this combo of fuchsia and scuba sweatshirt is a flop. I really tried wearing it for a couple of weeks but I just gave up and sent it to the thrift store.
It’s funny because I don’t think it looks that bad in the photos – but part of the reason is that I figured out exactly how the sweatshirt needs to sit to look right, and it only does that when I’m carefully posing for a photo. A big part of what was so successful in the first go round was the drape and this bulky sweatshirt fleece has none. It just kinda stands stiff and awkward – unless it’s closed across my chest, but it only does that with some sort of closure (like my crossed arms) and when I tried to add a belt it looked like I was wearing a robe.
Another thing that I don’t really like is the visible zig-zag topstitching. I did it to hold the seams open and because I thought it would look cool. But it just doesn’t work for me. I usually love top-stitching and I’m not sure why I think it’s such a flop in this situation. I had kinda thought that with the seams stitched flat the sweatshirt would be reversible, but no, it definitely looked like an inside-sweatshirt when I tried, so that was also a flop.
I do like the pairing of scuba knit and sweatshirt fleece (although I used up the rest of my scuba scraps and my favorite sweatshirt fleece for this thing!). I doubled the scuba on the back so that it would support the weight of the bottom of the sweatshirt and left it singled on the sleeves for comfort. At least that was a good idea, so there’s one point in the “pro” column (I’ve lost track of points in the “con” column already).
So what did I learn? Don’t use bulky fabrics in something that should be draped (duh). I really did know better, but I got so excited about the idea of it working that I over-rode my own hesitation. Which does occasionally lead to amazing inspiring pieces, but more often just flops, just like this sweatshirt. Silver lining? I can see a few minor fit issues in this bulky fabric that I couldn’t pinpoint in the drapier fabric, so I have a few changes to make to my pattern.