Woven sweatshirt – McCall’s 7195

Either last year or the year before – 2020 is still a bit of a blur – this pattern caught my eye. A sweatshirt pattern for woven fabric? That might come in handy some day!

So, I’ve been going through my stash, clearing out fabrics I know I’ll never use and I came across this quite fun sheer fabric with raw-edge flowers loosely applied throughout. What was I ever thinking I’d make with this? Heaven only knows. It was in the donate pile when I remembered this pattern and thought this might be a fun thing to have in my wardrobe.

I made my usual adjustments (FBA and shorten sleeves by 1”) and also lowered the neckline by about 1.5”. I am not a fan of jewel necklines with my round face and short neck. Instead of ribbing at the neck, I used a binding. The requisite ribbing was used on the sleeves and hem.

My thought was to wear this over a white tank but, next time, I will underline the body instead. Turns out I am not a fan of layering! I still have quite a lot of this fabric so maybe I will remake it as the ribbing is also not as white as I would like but it was what I was able to get quickly online.

Because I planned on wearing it over a white tank, I bound the darts with white net. To prevent show-through elsewhere, I bound the seams with a nude net. The fabric actually behaved pretty well going through my 1” binding attachment.

Believe it or not, I found both at JoAnn Fabrics and they were perfect for this project and not horrible to work with. I also bought some white poly chiffon at JoAnn also thinking it would be okay for binding but it is just too horrible to be used for anything except maybe a Halloween costume – yes, it’s that gross – so out it goes.

I’m now working on another version of this pattern in a silk velvet devoré that has been in my stash for a very long time. I won’t kid you, it is not going together quickly as each seam must be hand basted because it simply refuses to behave, even with a walking foot. Hopefully, I will have enough time next week to finish it up as I think it would be nice to wear on thanksgiving with skinny black pants.

That’s all for today, have a lovely weekend, everyone and thanks for visiting!


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6 responses to “Woven sweatshirt – McCall’s 7195

  1. Lorna C Newman

    That velvet is going to be super chic… I also think I need to start playing with binding.

  2. loracstada@Q.com

    Love your white sweatshirt, so feminine and pretty. Kudos for sewing what must have been a difficult fabric.

  3. Abbey

    I really like this “sweatshirt”. Looks both comfy and elegant. I also think this fabric would be nice in a linen-shirt type of pattern, worn open over jeans or a simple knit dress. But yes, layering lol. Thank you for sharing. Some time over your blogging break I went back and read your entire blog, from the beginning, and learned so much 🙂

  4. lin

    I never would have thought of a woven sweat shirt! Good go at it! I adore the fabric and it is a great upscale look!!

  5. I’m loving the white version and the velvet one is going to be scrumptious! I’ve seen this pattern made up before but never in such exceptional fabrics.

  6. SewRuthieStyle

    Interesting idea, I’d like to give it a go