Hey there! Today I am sharing one of my favourite things to make and wear - a little cropped jersey, hacked from a simple sweatshirt or top pattern.
For my versions I have based them around the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio. The Linden is more of a loose fit sweatshirt, but I wanted something more fitting and cropped (to go over dresses and skirts as well as more casual jeans and pants) so I created this simple pattern hack. See below for my favourite version to date..
I have worn one of these jerseys almost every single day since sewing up my first one.. having a good variety of fabric thickness/ merino weights means that there is always a good choice depending on how cold it is! ;) definitely a keeper in my books.
See below for what I've done:
- Bring it in - I brought it in a fair amount as shown - and on the side seams where I would have previously been a size 12 I cut a size 0 (guided by my size in the kwik sew 2403 which fits perfectly) - so quite a difference here! I didn't bring it in so much on the sleeves, and cut a 10 for these.
- Crop it - I cropped the body on the length/shorten line (this should be above your natural waist line, so the full garment highlights the smallest part of your waist), and cropped the sleeves up by about 2- 3cm (to make up for the longer cuff)
- Widen the Cuffs - I widened both the cuffs and the waist band considerably (a good 3 -4 cm) just because I liked this look..
- Sew it - then simply sew it up as per the instructions! Easy! :)
The main thing to do is just to make sure you measure yourself and make the garment to fit - it is knit so it should have a fair amount of give - but try it on several times as you are making it just to check before you surge the sides, or finish the seams.
Thanks for visiting - I hope it was useful! ;)