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I know I skipped last week’s Mash Up post, but I was away in studio filming another course and sew-along for BurdaStyle Academy! This I’m back and very excited about my December issue Mash Up. I chose a pattern from our recent Home for the Holidays collection as I loved all the cozy and festive styles. Read on to see which sewing pattern I picked and my first steps in sewing my December issue Mash Up…


As I was flipping through the magazine first looking for a dress pattern that I could use to make my NYE dress, but then I spotted this sweater and fell in love! I love the large zipper and hemline, as well as the fabric panelling. It is going to be a cold winter for me this year (right now it is about -20 outside) so looking back, I’m sure glad I chose to make this sweater.


This pattern is our Ski Sweater #116 12/2017 and comes in sizes 36 – 44. I decided to make a size 38 because I didn’t want it to be so baggy that I couldn’t feel the warmth of my fabric on my skin. Now let’s talk about the fabric… I went through my stash (love stash projects), and I found some leftover grey fleece as well as a bunch of faux fur. I was hesitate as combining these fabrics at first, but the more I looked at them together on my drafting table, the more I feel in love and was excited to start sewing! I used Shannon Fabrics’s fur that is so soft and warm (buy here!), and I dug through my zippers to find the perfect metal one to match my fabric and die in the grey of the fleece.


I only made a few modifications to this pattern. I first lengthened the hemline and wanted to add a bottom band since hemming faux fur isn’t the easiest and a cleaner look would be to attach a contrast band. Also on the sleeves, I opted for an elasticated edge instead of ribbing as suggested.


To lengthen the hem, I taped on some additional paper and drew down the hemline an additional 3".

Cutting out 1

I cut the sleeves and collar pieces in my grey sweat-shirting fleece fabric, and made sure to save enough to cut the hem band later when I got to that step.

Cutting out 2

Then for the fur, I placed the front and back pieces on the back and used a knife to slice ONLY the backing.

Step 1

The first step in sewing this sweater is to sew the shoulder seams together. So I pinned my faux fur front and back pieces together along the shoulder line.

Step 2

In order to sew faux fur well, I first installed my ball point sewing machine needle (since the backing of my fur was knit) as well as my walking foot. I stitched my shoulder seams together.

Step 3

I repeated for the other shoulder seam and here they are!

STep 4

Now was time for the zipper! I aligned my zipper to the front piece #23 to be exactly that length, so I marked the edges with pins.

Step 5

To shorten the zipper to match my front edge, I removed zipper teeth from the bottom edge since the zipper pull will be stopped from the seam. I plucked enough teeth to allow for my seam allowance width from the bottom in order to sew together.

Step 6

I first placed my zipper wrong side down on one of my front pieces aligning the top and bottom.

Step 7

To secure my zipper before I sewed in with the other collar piece, I basted a line right on the edge of my zipper tape stitching it to the fabric front edge.

Step 8

View from the bottom!

Step 9

I placed my other collar piece, right sides together, sandwiching my zipper in between as pictured. Then I sewed together close to the zipper teeth, backstitching at the top and bottom.

Step 10

Now time to sew the other zipper half! I flipped my previously sewn zipper edge, right side out, and aligned my unsewn zipper tape to my other collar front edge.

Step 11

And again, I basted in place on the edge.

Step 12

Then I took my last open collar front edge and placed on my zipper, right sides together and stitching in place as I did for the other side.

Step 13

Then I opened up my collar and pinned the top edge, right sides together. The zipper needs to be unzipped enough for this to happen. Then I stitched together from front to front, where the zippers were.

Step 14

Once I clipped the front corners of the top of the zipper and trimmed my seam allowance, I was able to flip my collar pieces, with my zipper to the right side and match the bottom and outer edges to be sewn into my sweater.

Step 15

Unzipped! I basted around the entire bottom and outer edges to make these collar pieces act as 1 layer of fabric.

Step 16

View from the bottom.

Next week I’ll attached the zippered collar to my sweatshirt! Sew-along with me and download the pattern here.

Happy Sewing!



  • Missing

    Dec 15, 2017, 06.22 PMby maryellent

    I’m confused about the zipper placement - You said-I first placed my zipper wrong side down on one of my front pieces aligning the top and bottom. —then you basted it down. How do you turn or sew it so the right side shows on the garment? I usually place right side down, then the zipper and fabric turns so the right side faces out.

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    • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

      Dec 20, 2017, 05.15 PMby MegH

      Since the zipper is sewn in between two pieces of fabric, how I first basted it to the front edges of the collar, one had to be wrong side down. Then when I stitched the other collar to the zipper tape and flipped out, it all worked! If my collar pieces were only one, I would definitely sewn both sides right sides together and then flip to the right side. I hope I didn’t confuse more haha.


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    Dec 14, 2017, 08.57 AMby Mayke27

    Can’t wait to see how this turns out! This faux fur looks so soft!

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    Dec 14, 2017, 03.27 AMby Evmorales

    Can’t wait to see the final product.

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