Sewing the puff sleeved I AM Lion sweatshirt will be much easier if you follow this step by step visual guide. We have put the written explications first and then below we added the picture to illustrate each step. We look forward to seeing your version of the sweatshirt on social media. Tag us @iam_patterns, #iampatterns and #iamlion
This pattern is made for a garment sewn with a serger. It’s also possible to sew it with a sewing machine, please follow the instructions on the booklet. To stay-stitch and to sew the gathering thread, change the needle on the sewing machine to one specially made for sewing jersey fabrics. Lower the tension and lengthen the stitch to sew the gathering thread.
CUTTING THE FABRIC
Cut the fabric following the layout plan.
Make notches of 1/8″ where marked on the pattern.
Trim the right front shoulder and the right back shoulder 1 3/16″.
PREPARING THE BUTTON PLACKETS
1 Overlock the left shoulders. Fold 1″ at the left shoulder back and iron. Repeat for the left shoulder front.
2 Superimpose the button plackets so the front button placket is on top of the back button placket. Stay-stitch at 1/8″ along the armhole.
SEWING THE RIGHT SHOULDER
3 Place the front and the back right shoulders right sides together. Pin or clip in place and sew. Iron the seams towards the back.
SEWING THE SLEEVES
4 Sew a gathering thread on the sleeve head between the notches at 1/8″ from the edge.
5 Place the sleeve and the armhole right sides together matching up the notches. Pin at the notches.
6 Gently pull the gathering thread until both pieces are the same length. Spread the gathers evenly on the sleeve head.
7 Pin or clip in place and sew. Repeat for the other sleeve.
SEWING THE SIDES
8 Place the front and the back right sides together and align the sides. Do the same for the sleeve. Pin or clip in place all along the side and the sleeve making sure to match up the underarm seam and sew. Repeat for the other side.
Ribbing is defined as a band that will finish a part of the garment. In general, it’s smaller than the garment to tighten it a little. For this garment, there are three ribbings: two cuffs and a waistband.
PREPARING THE RIBBINGS
9 Place the ribbing right sides together aligning the edges of the height of the piece. Pin or clip in place and sew. Fold the ribbing in half wrong sides together and iron
SEWING THE RIBBINGS
10 Divide the circle formed by the ribbing in four and mark each quarter with a pin. Mark each quarter of the part of the garment you need to sew with pins as well.
11 Place the ribbing and the garment right sides together. Make sure to align the pins together. As the ribbing is smaller than the garment, it ensures the ease is shared evenly. Sew. While sewing, gent ly extend the ribbing so it becomes the same length as the garment.
PREPARING THE RIBBING AT THE NECKLINE
12 Fold the ribbing in half lengthways right sides together and iron. Sew each extremity.
13 Turn inside out and iron.
SEWING THE RIBBING AT THE NECKLINE
14 Divide the ribbing in two and mark it with a pin. Do the same for the neckline of the garment starting at the button plackets.
15 Place the ribbing and the garment right sides together. Make sure to align the pins together and spread the ease evenly. Pin or clip it all in place. Pin the edge of the ribbing on the fold of the button plackets. Fold the button placket over so it tucks in the edge of the ribbing. Sew the ribbing.
16 Turn the button plackets inside out, push the corners out neatly.
ADDING THE SNAP FASTENERS
17 Add three snap fasteners: one on the ribbing and the other two equally spaced on the button plackets.