Welcome back to the Valentine’s Day Petite Stitchery & Co Blog Tour! If this is your first stop on the tour, you should know about the awesome prizes and deals being offered. Each day of the tour the pattern being featured will be on sale for that day only! Plus you can enter to win a $100 gift card to Petite Stitchery & Co! (Skip to the end of this post to enter the giveaway.)
For my stop on the tour, I decided to make the Women’s Lulu Dolman. I’ve been itching to do something fun with this lightweight Hacci sweater knit in my stash. I tested the Lulu Dolman for my daughter last fall, and now I finally have my own Lulu Dolman Sweater! It’s a pretty marbled pink with a hint of coral and I think it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Not that I’m planning to go anywhere…my sweetheart gave me my V-Day bouquet early. He’s also planting ranunculus tubers in our front yard as his gift to me. Isn’t that sweet?! But it’s fun to have something new to wear for the day. As long as the weather here in Charleston stays cool, this is what I will be wearing.
I made a couple of small changes to the pattern. I adjusted it for height, and I took a bit extra off the back hem because I thought it looked better with my petite proportions. I slimmed the sides and the underarms slightly…I think the generous horizontal stretch in my fabric made this necessary. I’m really happy with the shape! I think this pattern lends itself really well to lightweight sweater knits.
My fabric, like a lot of sweater knits, does ravel on the edges. I chose to serge the edges of the hem prior to turning up and hemming. Just a little protection in case my hem stitching snags and comes undone! It does make the hem stick out slightly more from the right side, so consider that if you want to do the same thing.
Ok, let’s talk about this fun kangaroo pocket! I’ve been noticing how my hoodie (from high school that I still wear in the winter – go Braves!) is super oversized and waaaay too long for me. Seriously, how did I not notice this before?! I was craving a project with a kangaroo pocket so I figured out how to add one to the Lulu Dolman.
Kangaroo Pocket Tutorial and Pattern
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I created a Kangaroo Pocket for my sweater. This pattern can be used with any top or sweater pattern. It is available for you to download for FREE, for personal use only. Please click the link and download your kangaroo pocket tutorial pattern here. The document must be downloaded first, then opened in Adobe PDF Reader and printed at 100% scale.
This pattern is intended for small-medium hands, so before you cut your pretty fabric and sew this pocket, please make sure you can fit your hands through it! It’s not hard to make the hand opening bigger by making the hem allowance bigger.
Cut out your pattern piece, remembering to mark large dots on your fabric with a Frixion Heat Erase Highlighter pen.
Decide where to place your kangaroo pocket. You may stand in front of a mirror and hold your front bodice pattern piece up to your body, and move your kangaroo pattern piece around until you have it where you like it. Transfer the large dots on the kangaroo pocket to your bodice front pattern piece. Here, I have shown you the large dots and the outline of the kangaroo pocket:
Transfer the large dot markings to your fabric:
Tip: If it’s hard to picture just how your pocket will look, try using another hoodie you own to figure out where to place the pocket. I started my pocket 1.5-2″ above my natural waist.
Go back to your pocket and finish edge of hem allowance, if desired (not pictured). Fold over the hem allowance, 3/4″ to wrong side and press. *Using fusible hem tape here is a must! It keeps the fabric in place while you sew.*
Hem at 5/8″ with a twin needle (sewing machine) or a coverstitch machine. You can also use a zig-zag, which I’ve shown here.
Fold over the top and bottom raw edges 3/8″ to the wrong side and press with an iron. Use the large dots at the top of pocket to find your corners.
Now, fold over the sides 3/8″ and press, using your two sets (total of 4) of large dots to find the corners.
Your pocket is now ready to attach to your bodice front! Flip it right sides out. Your large dots should be located at
Place your kangaroo pocket on the bodice front, matching large dots. Pin, pin, pin all along the top, bottom and sides of the pocket.
Feel free to put it on and check the pocket placement before you stitch the kangaroo pocket to the bodice front.
Edgestitch 1/8″ away from the edge at the sewing machine using a straight stitch or triple stretch stitch.
When you are done, slip that sweater on and admire your new pocket!
It was so fun to get the opportunity to try out this pattern in my size! I can see why the Lulu works so well with sweater knits. I love the hem, the cuffs, and the pocket, of course! This pattern is super quick to whip up. I mentioned using fusible hem tape for the pocket, but I also use it for all my curved hems because the result is so professional and painless.
As a part of the Petite Stitchery & Co Valentine’s Blog Tour, The Womens Lulu Dolman is on sale TODAY ONLY for $6.
Don’t forget to check out all of the fun projects on this tour and be sure to enter the giveaway below! If you’ve enjoyed this post, feel free to check out my gallery of womens’ projects here. My review on the baby size Lulu Dolman is here.
Thanks for stopping by, and happy sewing!
Please, visit all of the wonderful Sewing Bloggers on the Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo and enter win all of the patterns in the tour below! The Prize is worth over $100 in prizes!!
- February 6th: Seams Sew Lo
- February 7th: Octaves of Color
- February 8th: Our Play Place
- February 9th: My Sewing Roots
- February 10th: The Petite Sewist
- February 11th: Aurora Designs
- February 12th: Manning the Machine
- February 13th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
- February 14th: On Wednesday We Sew
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