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…