Even though we have said hello to Spring here in So Cal, I could not let the warm weather completely takeover before I share this fabulous winter make. The Jasper Sweatshirt, stylish, fashion forward and modern, looks like it could be a part of an upscale athletic RTW collection.
The PDF pattern by Paprika Patterns is actually titled “Jasper Sweater & Dress.” I first discovered this pattern while reading a post from Mahlica Designs blog well over a year ago. I purchased it soon after, but it sat in my pile for quite some time. There is a Sweater and Dress view, and a collar or hood option.
My catalyst to finally make the Jasper was this amazing fabric I found at Mood on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. The front side has a smooth texture with snazzy, verigated lines of blue, green and grey. The back side is a cuddly, soft, ribbed, grey fleece. I was obsessed with this fabric when I discovered it stuffed amongst all the sweater knits at Mood. It was $25 per yard, and I didn’t care. I loved it’s unique two sided-ness, and it’s promise of comfy warmth on a winter walk in So Cal.
The welt pockets are probably the most intimidating feature of this well drafted stylish, sporty pattern. Once wearing the garment, you realize how well worth the effort they are. Who doesn’t love resting their hands in a comfy pouch across their belly?
LET’S BE HONEST:
1. I cut a size straight size 4 and I’m very pleased with the fit.
2. I shorten the sleeves by 2″ and narrowed the cuffs by 1″. I realize the longer sleeve and wider cuffs was a carefully thought out detail by the designer. But I wanted the sleeves to be a bit more practical for me, and not have the cuffs falling halfway down my hands all the time. (After wearing it, however, I have determined that I would put a 1/2 inch back on the sleeve.)
3. I was confused as to why the pouch pocket was longer than the main front piece, also, as to whether the bottom of the pocket got sewn into the bottom band. The instructions were not clear to me. I emailed Lisa at Paprika Patterns with my questions. I was very pleased that I heard back from her within a few hours. Those of you that follow her on social media, know she lives somewhere in France in a yurt.
Overall, I am very pleased with my Jasper Sweatshirt, and so happy I finally made it! My only disappointment is my days of wearing it are numbered as 80 degree days are here to stay. This is a pattern, however, that will not go out of style. So there’s always next year, and the year after…
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I always welcome your comments. Have you been wanting to make a Jasper?
Love this- great colour and casual style – generally I hate hoodies but this is the exception to my rule!
This is a great looking top! Very chic! Beautiful matching of fabric and pattern! I like the princess seaming and wide neckline – almost like cowl neckline. It does look like very up-market sportswear! I’ve never tried Paprika patterns, but this is a lovely ‘ad’ for them and looks like I should add it to my “pattern stash”. Well done … and thanks to Jasper too !! It certainly proved to be a great choice.
What a beautiful sweatshirt, I love how it looks like a cowl neck when the hood is down. And what amazing fabric.
Another lovely Jasper. This pattern has been on my wishlist for a while. I love the fabric you used…gorgeous.
Good color on you and as always impeccably made!
Wow, it looks great!
This is definitely on my sewing wish list, I love every version I see. I might order the pattern in autumn and invest in some decent sweatshirt fabric.
thanks for including inside pictures of the pockets. i started one today and was confused about the size of the pocket pieces
Thank you for the overview! I keep trying to find the time to make this pattern. I like how you show the construction of the insides of garments in your posts. Very helpful.
It really is a great pattern. I hope you find the time!