My younger lass is now 15 and in year 10 at school. This year she spent second term at home, accessing school via online learning. Sitting still and staring at a computer for hours on end. She got chilled and wore her only hoodie constantly. Rather than turn on the heating she requested another hoodie. We went shopping during one of the many Spotlight sales (and turned on the heating).
The lass adores her light grey hoodie and didn’t want to mess with perfection. We therefore bought more light grey fleece. And pale blue ribbing for a contrast inside the hood, cuffs and hem. I really wasn’t sure about the combination but now that it is made up it looks good. I should always trust her in the future.
I used McCalls 6614, which is now out of print. It is a lovely pattern with the required hood and front pocket. It also has princess seaming that adds a little shaping. The younger liked that too. I used view C and levelled off the rounded hem.
Ribbing tends to grow so I cut the hood lining several sizes smaller and eased it into the outer hood. The younger requested variegated grey thread as top-stitching. I added the “made with love and swearwords” label, much to her exasperation.
This hoodie sewed up very easily. Everything worked and fitted and I so appreciate that in a pattern. Managing all the layers of fabric in the hood was interesting. My overlocker just powered through.
I prewash all fabrics and trim before sewing. The minute this was finished the lass put it on. I wasn’t allowed to steam out the pin marks on the pocket. Almost three weeks later and I had to beg for it so that I could take some photos. And possibly wash it.
Costs and details
Fabric – Grey fleece and blue ribbing, from Spotlight $30.00
Pattern – McCalls 6614 $8.00
Thread – all from stash, effectively free Totals = $38.00
Annoyance factor – Low to minimal. Construction was easy, the hood went in easily. The client is happy so this had an excellent outcome.
Do it again? Very likely, there are two more family members that need a hoodie.