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Dee, I have made those sweatshirt jackets (made them one year as gifts for the employees at our office). I found that the one I made for myself was very good looking but it really was not very snuggly because it was rather stiff. Look at how large the sleeves are and look at how there are no knitted cuffs.
Your results may vary depending on your climate but here in Ohio the cool winter breezes just zoom up the sleeves.
The women just loved their jackets however because I used novelty fabrics suited to their hobbies or histories; one woman's parents used to be circus performers, one woman was a Mickey Mouse collector, etc.
hmm, good point. But honestly I was thinking more of a jacket to wear around the house, not so much out & about. That's fun about novelty fabrics tho. I made an apron with novelties, but a jacket would be fun. stay tuned. maybe, maybe not. probably depends on how quickly I find the background fabric for my next applique project.
Use a very thin, DRAPEY batting to achieve a wearable jacket. Or heck, even flannel would be excellent. Thick or typical quilt battings tend to give you a cardboard effect.
the instructions she posted used an oversized men's sweatshirt, no batting. basically you cut the side seams (she called it fillet - hahaha) and sew the pieces to that base. As long as your pieces are large-ish I think it would be mostly as drape-y as the shirt.
I have seen those where they cut open the side all the way up the body and down the sleeves and then you can lay it flat. You could also add a rib knit to the sleeves instead of cuffs.
When I lived in Tucson I made several of them sweatshirt crazy patch and sold them to the nurses at the hospital that I was working in it's not very hard the only thing is you just have to take the whole sweatshirt apart and then do your patches and stuff
When you open up the sleeves you can cut it down so that it's not so big and baggy
that's what I think she meant by fillet.
oh that's a clever idea and much simpler than sewing a jacket from a pattern! Using a sweatshirt as the base would certainly give it the drape and softness you want.