A Trip Down Memory Lane...

Londa's Creative Sweatshirt Jackets

When I closed my retail storefront in 2003, I started creating my 'Creative Sweatshirt Jackets'.  First, I sold them at galleries and area craft shows.  Then, I developed the 'How-To's in my patterns which took me 'on the road' to sewing expos, teaching at shops and guilds country-wide from 2005 through spring of 2018.    

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VERY 1st Jacket
VERY 1st Jacket

Taught as a class at my shop to rave reviews. 1st inspiration was to utilize the lower ribbing of the sweatshirt as a collar!

Wrapped edges w/ silk ribbon.
Wrapped edges w/ silk ribbon.

Wrapping edges with bias cut silk ribbon I dyed. Collar again of lower ribbing, lettuce-edged on my serger.

How about...a Pullover?
How about...a Pullover?

Starting to sell at galleries...I had to come up with some simple versions. This sold for $89 back in 2005!

Inspired by a pattern...
Inspired by a pattern...

Lois Ericson's 'Pages' pattern was the inspiration for placement of fabrics from my stash!

Piecing and couching...
Piecing and couching...

Cherrywood Cottons pieced for the bindings, and 'hairy' yarn couched for fun!

Play with asymetric opening
Play with asymetric opening

More dyed silk ribbon - and venturing into asymmetric openings.

Digging into fabric stash!
Digging into fabric stash!

All the sudden, my fabric stash was INVALUABLE!

Couching like CRAZY!
Couching like CRAZY!

Couching became my 'Go To' for embellishment. Again, the lower ribbing of the sweatshirt is the collar of this jacket.