Frankie is a long sleeve sweatshirt with a relaxed fit and dropped shoulder. The crew neckline is finished with a band and the sleeves with cuffs. You can choose to sew Frankie with a regular waistband in ribbing or an elasticated waistband. Sewn with an elasticated band the sweatshirt is cropped in length.
Frankie suits both boys and girls and includes both easy/quick variants and more challenging details.
The included variants are:
A.A super easy and quick sweatshirt. The perfect variant for letting the fabric doing the talking.
B. This too is a fairly quick project but with one added detail: small ruffles going around the sleeves. They are gathered then sewn into the sleeve seam.
C. Small children may fill them up with treasures, while tweenies will probably put their phone there - variant C has a large in-seam pocket! This pocket is attached to the seam of the front piece and its side panels.
D. Big lovely flounces! These gorgeous flounces stretch from the front piece, following the dropped shoulder and continuing along the back. They are slightly gathered at the top.
E. A simple color blocked sweatshirt. Here we use the side panels for the front and/or back to play with Frankie’s design.
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This PDF-pattern includes three pattern formats:
A4/letter sizefor home printing, 22 pages. Layered.
A0 sizefor copy shop printing, 2 sheets. Layered.
The Sewing instructions are also included as a PDF-file, 29 pages.
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Knit fabric with at least 30% stretch and medium weight (approx. 200-270 gr/m2), but you can also use lighter or heavier fabrics. I recommend primarily french terry, sweat, ponte, Ottoman, knit jacquard and similar fabrics. You can also use cotton jersey (Cotton lycra) which is often a bit lighter than medium weight.
Note: for the flounces you can use knit or woven fabric (see p. 9). If you’re sewing the neckline strip, use preferably a light weight fabric (135-200 gr/m2) with approx. 30-40% stretch. The same goes for the pocket, a light-weight fabric ensures the pocket doesn’t weigh down the sweatshirt. Prewash all fabrics before cutting the pieces, knit fabrics often shrink with the first wash.
Ribbing fabric with approx. 60-70% stretch, for the neckband, sleeve cuffs and regular waistband.
Elastic, if you’re sewing Frankie with an elasticated waistband. See length and width below.
* Estimated for a Frankie with elasticated band, and that all pattern pieces are sewn in the same fabric - except for ribbing and flounce which are specified on a separate row.
The fabric requirements above is an estimation for 150 cm (60”) wide fabrics, not preshrunk. I recommend you to add 20 cm (8”) extra if you’re purchasing new fabric for this project. You should also account for shrinkage, and add extra if you want to pattern match.
USEFUL TO HAVE:
Aqua glue marker, elastic threader (or safety pin), tape measure, fabric scissors, pins/clips, iron, sewing machine with coordinating thread. Don’t forget a suitable needle in the sewing machine. For knit fabrics a stretch needle is usually recommended.
Choose size primarily based on the child’s height. Frankie has a loose fit and it’s not necessary to mix sizes if your child has a more narrow or larger width than the measurements listed for their size based on height.But if you want to mix sizes you can do so of course (see tutorial).
There are no pattern hacks for Frankie on my blog - yet!
However, don't miss my collection of pictures from the pattern test:
With the included Sewing Instructions you receive help from start to finish. It’s a solid and detailed description of each step in the making of this garment. It includes clear pictures, explanatory text and tips that will give the garment a professional look.
If you are new to some of the sewing techniques this is an excellent opportunity for you to develop your sewing skills. Consider our patterns your sewing school.
The tutorial also includes a size chart and a fabric requirements chart. Measurements are provided in both the metric and imperial system.