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I AM Patterns - Rainbow


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About Rainbow

I AM Patterns' Rainbow is a sweatshirt with 70 different variations with pockets and 26 versions without.  Make it your favourite length: classic, above the knee, below the knee or mid calf.  There are three pockets to choose from: kangaroo, welt or in-seam, and it can be made with or without a zip.  As for necklines, choose either a classic or overlapping hood or neckband.  Rainbow can be finished with or without ribbing.

In an effort to reduce paper usage some pattern pieces overlap with each other, so you will need to trace the pattern on paper or use Cloth Edit’s Vilene Light.  It is fantastic for tracing patterns, and you can even sew it, which makes it great for fitting.  (Note - the overlapping is neither extensive nor hard to discern).
The packaging for I AM Patterns is beautiful but tricky to get into without ripping the lovely gold card that backs the pattern.  Our suggestion is to jiggle the pattern down as far as it goes, and neatly cut off the top of the pattern. You will need to snip off approximately 1.75cm, but take care to steer clear of the pattern itself.


The Fabric

For your Rainbow, select jersey for sweatshirt, interlock knit, neoprene, French Terry.  Ribbing: ribbing by the meter or the same fabric..


The Notions

Ballpoint needle

Zipped versions: 1 open-end zipper :

  • Classic length: 21 11/16 in*(55 cm)

  • Above-knee: 32 in (80 cm)

  • Below-knee: 35 in (90 cm) long double-slider zipper

  • Midi: 43 in (110 cm) long double-slider zipper

*21 11/16 in is the conversion for 55 cm which is the length the original pattern is drafted for. You can take a 22 in long zipper but you will have to lengthen the front and back pieces by 5/16 in. To understand how to do this, refer to step 2 (Preparing the pattern) of the instructions.

All hooded versions:

  • 11/4 yards of drawstring cord

  • 2 eyelets (diameter depends on the drawstring width)

  • Scrap of non-woven and non-stretch iron-on interfacing

Welt pockets versions: iron-on interfacing: 8″ by 16″ (20cm x 40 cm)

Kangaroo pockets versions: thin cardboard for the ironing template



    The Rainbow covers the size range of 36-46.  The image includes measurements for other sizes, but sizes 48-52 relate to the PDF version, only available directly from the pattern company.


    Level of Difficulty

    I AM Patterns indicates that Rainbow is a 'simple' pattern.  The instructions are clear, with step by step illustrations.


    I AM Patterns is a very popular French independent sewing pattern company, owned by two sisters: Marie-Emilienne (founder and designer) and Blandine (marketing manager).  I AM Patterns’ designs are modern and push the boundaries, but they also include timeless pieces.  I hope you enjoy exploring their range.   

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    I AM Patterns - Rainbow

    I AM Patterns - Rainbow