Fabric and Supplies


  • Knit fabric in medium to medium heavy weight (approx. 200-340 g/m2), for example college, french terry, sweatshirt, knit jacquard, ponte di roma and fleece. The fabric should have good recovery, meaning that if you stretch it and then let go, it will return to its original width. Alternatively woven fabric without stretch (only if you’re sewing Ebba with a zipper), light to medium weight (approx. 110-270 g/m2). But still, one would also need ribbing fabric (see below).
  • Ribbing fabric  (or other knit fabric with very good stretch and recovery), with 70-80% stretch, for the sleeve cuffs and neckband.
  • Non-separating zipper, see length below. It’s okay to use a longer zipper, you can cut it off to the correct length.

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, and account for shrinkage.

The ribbing fabric is for sleeve cuffs, neckband and waistband, although the waistband can also be sewn in any other knit fabric.


  • Fusible interfacing for the collar and zipper. I recommend Vlieseline H200, which is soft and provides light stability. You will need about 20 cm.
  • If you want to finish the lower edge with a drawstring: one double cord lock and elastic cord, 2-3 mm thick and approx. length: the sweatshirt’s waist width + 8 cm. Also, two eyelets, 5 mm wide, and tools to attach them (for example Prym pliers).
  • Optional: bias tape (approx. 40 cm) to sew a neat finish on the zipper’s back.
  • Useful tools: Aqua glue marker, tape measure, fabric scissors, pins/clips, iron, sewing machine with coordinating thread and suitable needle for your fabric (a stretch needle is recommended for knit fabrics, and universal needle for woven fabrics).