If you have small girls (and even if you don’t!) you’ve probably got used to having unicorns on just about everything these days. And it seems that this extends to even fleece backed jersey.
I picked up this fabulous fleece backed glitter unicorn sweatshirting from Fabrics Galore at the Great British Sewing Bee Live last year (did you hear it’s now not happening this year? Gutted!) The prospect of a weekend in the Lake District this half term (read wet and freezing cold) finally prompted me to bump it to the top of the sewing pile for the biggest little girl this week. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty left for the smallest girl too )
I decided to finally use one of the patterns from a 2016 copy of Ottobre magazine (if you’ve not come across this, it’s similar to Burda in terms of many patterns printed on top of each other but all for kids). The sample is in a plain single jersey with appliquéd eyes and a little frill on the front hem, both of which I skipped.
Because who needs more details when there are unicorns?
This left me with a swing top with a little keyhole in the back neckline which serves zero purpose other than to look pretty and make the neckline a pain in the behind to sew up!
Beth’s very tall for her 7 years (137cm and counting) but her height is very much in her legs, so I cut the size 128cm for her and I’m pretty happy with it. I added a 1cm seam allowance and included the hem as per the pattern markings (why do they include hem but not seam allowances?)
Other than the fiddly neck binding thanks to that cutout, this sewed up pretty quickly. I was even incredibly lazy and left my overlocker threaded with red thread, my sewing machine with a non ballpoint needle (😱) and didn’t use my walking foot. And do you know what? It turned out fine.
I actually like the peep of red overlocker thread at the hem as she moves, kind of a design feature.
And, because it has unicorns all over, she thinks it is awesome.
Winning all around!