Well, it’s officially hoodie weather, so of course that means a few more Halifax Hoodies were in order! This pattern by Hey June Patterns has gotten a complete workout and we have no plans to stop sewing it anytime soon…it’s a wardrobe staple for sure.
Allegra was sadly lacking in zip up hoodies, so I gave her first choice between the 2 fabrics I had. (For an in-depth comparison of these two fabrics, please read my post on the CaliFabrics blog.) She chose the heathered french terry fabric. She also requested a slouchier hoodie that she could layer over a long sleeve shirt, so I sewed her a size L and graded to XL at the hips. The other adjustments I made for her were a 1” wide shoulder adjustment, and added 1” to the sleeves. It turned out exactly the way she had envisioned it! She’s been wearing it constantly, so that always is the sign of a successful garment.
Of note, I used self fabric for the bias on the hood, and 1” white twill tape for finishing the inside over the zipper. The zipper is a plastic zipper, which was all that was available at my local fabric store in the right color. It’s very nicely finished inside and out. She did request no hood tie, so I didn’t bother putting in the buttonholes for one. If she changes her mind, it’s an easy addition later.
For my own Halifax Hoodie, I sewed my regular size M with all my tall adjustments. This means 1” added to the shoulders, 1.5” to the body and 2” to the sleeves. I used the other cut of fabric, stretch sweatshirt fleece. I used a mustard color grosgrain ribbon to finish everywhere on the inside and also for the hood ties. With the brass zipper, it’s such a fun pop of color.
These hoodies are the kind that will be worn over and over and over again for years and years! The kind you hate to have to replace because it’s such a good friend. Do you have a garment like that? Tell me about it!
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Expected arrival: February/March 2019!
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