Ottobre Hide Away Hoodie

Skating into 2021!

I fell in love with this lovely little girl, and all of her skating friends, when I was looking for some cosy sweatshirting at dressfabrics.com. I just love her attitude: with her confident smile, she holds her hand up to all the crazy things that are happening and says, not now – I’m skating! …And away she goes.

The back of the fabric is a plush fleece. It is the very definition of ‘snuggily’ and it didn’t take me long at all to find the perfect pattern for it – the ‘Hideaway Hoodie’ from an old Ottobre magazine that I have.

The back of the fabric is a plush fleece. It is the very definition of ‘snuggily’ and it didn’t take me long at all to find the perfect pattern for it – the ‘Hideaway Hoodie’ from an old Ottobre magazine that I have (3/2017).

Do you ever get the Ottobre magazine? It’s a sewing magazine made in Finland and they’ve been on the go about 10 years now. I ordered a few single issues to see what they were like and have had a subscription for the last few years. They produce a children’s magazine once a season, and a women’s magazine twice a year. I have a subscription for only the women’s issue, which is quite cheap (about €22). I find it excellent value – but it depends on what you enjoy sewing. I love basics with nice features and this is what Ottobre excel at. I also like that they don’t overload the magazine with too many designs. The children’s magazine is attractive, too, with an impressive age range.

I decided to go back to a pattern that I made before – the Hide Away hoodie. I made this in 2017 from a turquoise sweatshirting and have worn it a surprising amount, so I knew that the pattern would work for me. The pocket detail and adding the hood are both surprisingly easy to implement, even without much hand-holding in the instructions.

I made size 36 because, although by the size chart, that would be a bit snug for me, I know from other patterns I have made from the brand, that size 38 is a bit roomy for me.

Here is an in-progress shot without the hood, cuffs and hem band. I wasn’t convinced on adding the hem band, because I could just turn up a hem, but I think that it looks better with it. I didn’t use special fabric for the cuffs or band – I know that you can buy separate matching or contrasting rib fabric – I just cut the pieces from the same fabric. You can just about see in the picture above how they recommend how much ribbing fabric to get. I totally forgot about this when ordering my fabric (as in, I should have added that length to the required length of sweatshirting) but thankfully, in ordering 2m, I had plenty.

I didn’t line the hood or anything, and I know that that means you can see the centre seam on the inside, but I didn’t want to miss out on having that lovely fleece back on the inside of the hood! I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

You can see that, if I had left off the hem band, it would have been pretty short. I wear this typically with leggings and a long-sleeved top underneath, and frequently with a short-sleeved jumper or vest as well. It really is very cosy.

You can even wear it with the hood down, but I cannot imagine why you would want to do that…

2 thoughts on “Ottobre Hide Away Hoodie

  1. That material is really cute, Aileen. And the damsel under the hoodie is even cuter!
    Looks very snug. Ideal for the cold snap. Lovely to see this.

  2. So glad to see you blogging again! I used to read your blog until you stopped in 2015. I just happened to check back and here you were with new content! Here in the US, I’ve just been working from home and maintaining my own self-dictated lockdown. Take care and stay safe.

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