I have a friend who is always giving me velvet. Why does he have so much velvet? No clue. But he was throwing a party and at the last minute I needed a look, so I decided to honor the host by pulling something together from some of the stash he’s provided me.
Named Clothing’s Sloane Sweatshirt has been my staple pattern this winter. This is the fourth one I’ve made – I even made a matching black one for my grandma. I love it because it’s simple and quick enough that it can be made in a couple of hours and in a variety of different fabrics. While my other Sloanes were made in basic sweatshirt fabric, the velour steps it up a bit.
In the words of another non-sewing friend, “That sweatshirt is classy as fuck.”
The secret is the bust darts. Named took a boring silhouette, the basic sweatshirt, and with the most basic of upgrades made it something that (in the words of another friend) “you’d buy at Topshop for $70.”
The arms are made from a $4 mystery knit from Textile Discount Outlet in Chicago. I believe it’s interlock, but it’s slightly fuzzy on the other side, almost like a sweatshirt fleece. Can interlock do that?
Despite the simple construction, this might be my favorite thing I’ve made this year, so I’m feeling totally cocky about it. Maybe it’s because it took about two hours to make from cutting to finish, maybe it’s because I basically made it for free, or maybe it’s just because I love luxe loungewear. Who knows.
But my friend who supplied the velour is notoriously difficult to impress, and when I asked him if he recognized the fabric, his eyes grew wide. “You actually made that?”
Hell yes I did, and I encourage anyone with a fondness for sewing flatteringly comfy clothing pick up the pattern. Named made their product model in neoprene, and Mood has so many good neoprenes lately. Fancy sweatshirts for every occasion!