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On the sidelines - Twinkle Sews

Added Sep 19, 2010

by nettevivante

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I wanted to make a comfy and casual everyday sweatshirt, which is not quite ordinary, but has some nice details. Luckily I found this pattern in Wenlan Chias book called Twinkle Sews (project: on the sidelines). At first I was a little scared because this “simple” sweatshirt has 14 different pattern pieces! But it really was not difficult and somehow reminded me on puzzles. ;) I like this pattern a lot because it gives you option for endless variation. I used some Japanese fabric (Lecien) that I had left for the bottom pocket and also decided to make matching buttons. Fun project and fun sweatshirt! :)

Material Notes

cotton sweatshirt fabric




Garment Type


Wenlan Chia

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    May 29, 2011, 02.37 AMby kenniswong

    Hi Nettevivante,

    It’s been a while since you posted this review, but I am hoping you will still receive message when someone posts a message here.

    I am trying to make this top as well. I think the instruction is incorrect when talking about the “back neckline facing” and “front neckline facing”. The instruction says that these pieces are number 13. But I believe they are actually the same pieces for “back neckline” and “front neckline”? And then I am puzzled as to what to do with the actual number 13 pattern piece.

    Could you help and explain?

    Would really appreciate your help!!!!

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      May 31, 2011, 08.52 AMby nettevivante

      Hi Kennis, I had to look at my own finished top once again, because I just couldn’t remember. But I think you are right. ‘back/front neckline facing’ are definitely the same pieces as ‘back/front neckline’. I guess, I simply skipped number 13 pattern piece. Couldn’t find it on my sweater! :) Hope this helps!

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    Sep 29, 2010, 04.36 AMby nouvellegamine

    i love it! you did a wonderful job!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 03.43 PMby tamezdc

    Very nice sweatshirt!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 10.45 AMby dabura

    lovely. very original and fun.

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    Sep 20, 2010, 09.45 AMby leeloe

    Looks nice.. This is on my project list of things to do. I’m just waiting for my exams to finish so I can start sewing :)

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    Sep 20, 2010, 01.39 AMby missdandy

    I have this one queued up to make too! Your version is fab!!!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 12.53 AMby caramia-made

    Ah I just bought fabric to make this same top – yours turned out amazing! I love that bright red.

    Did you find the fit was weird or anything? I am a bit confused about the sizing… Take your measurements, add 2 inches and then another 3-5" for seam allowances, even though the pattern already has seam allowances??? Very confusing!

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      Sep 20, 2010, 06.36 AMby nettevivante

      Thank you! :)

      Yes, I was confused at first, too! But I simply ignored this instruction and looked on the size chart only to decide on the size. In addition, I did not add another seam allowance, as you are right. There is already some printed on the pattern. Luckily it turned out fitting good! The only thing I had to alternate myself was the bottom band. The given one was too loose for me.

      Looking forward to see your version! :)

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    Sep 19, 2010, 09.54 PMby madstitchress

    How beautiful!

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    Sep 19, 2010, 09.22 PMby jdp136

    so cute!!

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    Sep 19, 2010, 08.24 PMby Rachel Parish

    oh my gosh. this is the most amazing sweatshirt ever! i’m always looking for something comfy that is also fashionable and this is super perfect. i love your fabric selections and the buttons. aaaaaamazing =)

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      Sep 20, 2010, 06.26 AMby nettevivante

      Thank you for this wonderful comment!!! :)

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    Sep 19, 2010, 08.18 PMby nookie

    love that tone of red. i love the pattern – i’m seriously thinking of getting the twinkle sews book mainly for this pattern

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    Sep 19, 2010, 06.51 PMby bekaem

    I am planning to make this too, but haven’t got round to shop for the right kind of fabric yet. The red looks fabulous on you, also the finish of the top bit with the covered buttons. Can I ask what size you made?

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      Sep 20, 2010, 06.25 AMby nettevivante

      Thank you! :) Yes, I made a size zero.

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