Hey everyone, Danielle the “Seam Ripper” here! Something very excited happened to me! I was recently given the opportunity to test for Peek-a-boo Patterns. I tested the Huckleberry Hoodie pattern, which I will get into more soon.. but what makes this so so so so exciting is the fact that this was my first time to ever test! Actually with this pattern, I had a lot more “firsts” than I expected. It has been one of my goals (to test) since I started using PDF patterns about two years ago. Absolutely epic!
Okay, now that I may be done squealing, let’s talk about the pattern. The kid’s hoodie fits sizes 3 months to size 12! I love it when patterns have multiple sizes, getting the best bang for your buck from a pattern you already dig! I suggest reading thru it all a time or two, just to familiarize yourself with it. There are also layers! Which means you can print only the size you want to use!
Anywhoo, this pattern’s fit size is determined by the chest size. This pattern is a semi-fitted pattern. It is fitted in the chest and loose on the belly, with a wide crossover hood.
For this pattern, you will need:
Main Fabric: sweatshirt fleece, French terry, velour, fleece, etc. with at least 25% stretch
•Accent Fabric (hood lining, pockets, band & cuffs): interlock, jersey, cotton lycra, french terry, etc.
•1/4″ twill tape
•1 large button
•Small scrap of leather or faux leather for pocket accents
•1 yards piping (optional)
•Scrap of fusible interfacing for reinforcing pockets (optional)
I used French terry for my main fabric and cotton lycra for my hood lining. I chose not to add pockets because, I just envisioned it without. See this main fabric I used, this lovely Mauve French Terry was purchased for me but I gave it to my baby girl. I got it from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
To cut my fabric, I used my Rotary Cutter as well as my handy dandy Gingher Scissors. This pattern includes cuffs and a waistband, those 3 pieces alone scream for my rotary cutter. I can cut longer straight lines with a rotary cutter. Just like any other clothing pattern, there are small notches ( you know those random looking triangles that you thing you can live without but actually cant because they play an important role in pattern piecing. Ya.. once upon a time I thought I could skip them too. Lesson learned!) I find it much easier to cut those areas with my scissors. Having both cutting tools is NOT a must. It is all about personal preference and if you haven’t found your groove yet, you will. Below you will see a pic of my notch before I busted out the scissors.
In addition to testing for the first time, I have never (in my 7 years of machine sewing) used any type of piping or twill tape. Honestly, I had never heard of twill tape before this testing. I was not able to obtain twill tape so, I used a piece of extra piping I had. You could easily use cording or a small piece of elastic as well. I found this pattern easy to follow, if you have made a shirt or hoodie before, it is a similar concept. The piping is super easy to sew, just make sure you have the front and back piping laying the same direction. However, I do know the welt pockets can look very intimidating, they do to me too. Read about them once, breathe, then read it again. Power thru, you got this!
Example of my cut piping:
The piping seemed a little snug on my front and back pieces however, this pattern was made for it, and it all worked out just fine.
My thoughts when dressing my model:
So my model is almost 16 months old but, she is small. My little bit has always been on the smaller size. Seriously! Her waist lines up perfectly for a 9 month old! Lol She measured on spot (chest size) for the 12 month size, as I expected. Fit is important but more importantly, fit in the neck/head/hood area is what I focus on as well. My kiddos freak out if something is snug going on. I did not make an altercation to my pattern and it fit great! She has room to grow from Fall to Winter. It was very easy to get on. The button is not only a cute embellishment but, it also helped open up the crossover hood as well. I was really impressed by how easy it was to put on over m baby’s head. Many babies rightfully get scared when hoodies are going over there head but, the ease was very cautious of that and went on in a flash!
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