Pattern: McCall's 6772
Fabric: Main - Marl sweatshirting from Josery Fabrics. Contrast: Winter Flowers by Ottobre Design.
Very often I'm lured by a pattern by how stunning it looks on a model or on a fellow sewer (sewist?) and I don't think about whether a) it would actually suit me, and b) would I actually get a chance to wear it. My Dahlia dress is a case in point - might be OK in an office, maybe not so suitable for the school run.
I do wear hoodies though. Constantly during cooler weather. I bought McCall's 6772 very cheaply as an out of print pattern. It looks like 6772 has transmorgified into McCall's 6614.
I was going to make the sweater at first as funky sweaters in contrasting fabrics are popular at the mo. But I found it quite hard in the UK to find sweatshirting fabric. There are a lot of plain options, and a lot of options for thin sweatshirting. Cute patterned sweatshirting though?
Enter Ottobre Designs which has a gorgeous range of fabrics on Etsy. Pricey, but definitely good quality. I splurged on half metre of their Winter Flowers design. But what colour to contrast it? Very helpfully they had made up the fabric as a child's hoodie. Marl grey worked perfectly.
So cute. Made by Ottobre Designs.
I had also heard good things about Josery Fabrics. Their website isn't as inviting as other fabric shops, but if you call them with a query, they are friendly and delightful! I asked for samples and got a full range of all their coloured sweatshirting free of charge. It is thick proper sweatshirt fabric. Very decent quality. And having all the colours helped confirm which would go best with the Ottobre fabric. If you want to order a few metres, call them about reduced postage.
Now I had to think do I really wear hooded tops or zipped hooded tops? Look at how cute that little girl's hoodie is! How easy would it be to add a seam allowance down the centre front, cut it off the fold and whack in a zip? I asked on The Sewing Forum and was advised to be aware of hemming first before zip insertion - maybe obvious and yet I know I would have missed that somehow.
So some other changes I had to make:
- shortened body by 3cm - I only had 50cm length of fabric.
- took over 6cm off the sleeve width. They were HUGE. I don't have flappy sleeves syndrome with ready-to-wear, so why especially with the Big 4?
- shortened the sleeves by 6cm.
I figured that if the hoodie was too short, I could add a hem. I decided not to as the shape curves inwards at the side bottoms. Pity, as it could have helped stop that little kick at the front there.
I also learnt that sweatshirting isn't that stretchy. The same fabric is used for the cuffs and I mistakenly thought if I had cut 6cm off the sleeve width, I should do the same with cuff. Maybe that would be the case with ribbing but not this fabric! On the other hand, I am absurdly pleased at how the cuff turned out.
One thing that I'm not crazy about is how humongous the hood is. It's more like a cape's hood.
Also, I tried to cover the hood seam with cotton tape. I'm not the neatest sewer and just had to make do in the end.
But I love the hoodie! It's had plenty of wear and has made me think a bit more carefully about my next makes.
From the back pondering next makes...