I really, really, really love Clare’s Style Arc Josie hoodie. So much that I made one for myself.
I generally don’t wear hoodies. Actually, this might be my first in recent memory! I do have a hooded cardigan, but not a ‘hoodie’ as such. And actually, although this pattern is described as a hoodie, I feel that my choice of fabric changes the vibe of it a little.
The fabric is a jumper/sweater knit from the remnants bin at The Cloth Shop. Definitely my colours! It was surprisingly easy to work with. I was nervous when cutting because of the potential for the knit to fray or unravel, but with gentle handling it was absolutely fine.
I sewed size 12 for myself (I sewed size 4 for Clare). I used a solid brown jersey for the hem facings and to line the hood. To line the hood, I cut the hood piece from the solid, sewed the centre back hood seams of both the hood and the lining separately, then sewed around the face opening with the hood and hood lining right sides together. Then I turned the hood so that the right sides were out, then treated the hood piece as one. I hope that you can visualise that!
Construction was mostly on the overlocker, and I used a zig-zag stitch to secure the facings and sleeve hems. I also used a zig-zag to stitch the seam allowance where the hood joined the body of the hoodie.
From the Style Arc website: This designer raglan sleeve hoody with its shaped corded hemline, along with the beautifulfunnel neck hood, is a perfect trans seasonal top. FABRIC SUGGESTION Baby Wool, Sweater Knit, Fleecy.
Obviously I left out the drawcord at the bottom. No buttonholes were going to be made in that fabric for something I would never use! So overall, great pattern, even for a non-hoodie wearer.