Absolute Beginners

Hummingbird Hoody & Sweatshirt

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Super easy hoody & sweatshirt pattern for beginners - which can also be lengthened to a dress.

Smart casual, this hoody can be be made from warm winter knit or a light cotton weave for summer fashion. Full length or cropped this pattern is extremely versatile.

Unleash your creative and make your hoody unique by embellishing it, or use fabric a little "out of the ordinary".   Line the hood with a contrasting fabric or add a screen printed image.  Ideas for embellishing are on our Pinterest Page. Our grey hoody has been embellished with an old crochet table cloth bought from a second hand shop and we love it. We have also sewn samples from crushed velvet and an old cotton sheet (fantastic for summer).

>DIFFICULTY:  Suitable for Beginners. Able to sew a curved seam. This hoody is able to be sewn with or without an overlocker (serger). 
 Check out our Tips on Sewing Knits. 

Heavy knits like fleece cotton*, polar fleece, merino wool and wool mixes (for a winter hoody)
Our grey sample is made up in cotton sweat shirting and embellished with a second-hand crochet table cloth, the knit hoody was sewn from a polyester/acrylic knit.

You may like to use a cotton or lightweight fabric to make a summer style hoody. This looks good cropped at the waist with a drawstring gather. Cotton, linens and cotton/polyester/rayon mixes are great for this but note that you might like to choose a larger pattern size than normal as woven fabrics do not stretch. Click the "Style Options" tab to learn more about the pattern variations.

The pink Crop Hoody & the green summer weight full length hoody have been made from sheets we found at the second hand store. 

*Please also note that all (new) fabric should be pre-washed in case of shrinkage. Some fabrics will not shrink but 100% cotton,linen and rayon are almost guaranteed to shrink. It doesn't hurt to be safe and remove any dodgy chemical build up that may have occurred during printing anyway.

Full length or cropped -Elasticated cuffs or stretch knit - Warm knit and/or fleece fabric or a totally different look in lightweight wovens - Contrast sleeves, hood linings and cuffs - and it looks great embellished  

This pattern is extremely versatile, made with or without the hood, winter or summer weight fabric, and can be easily lengthened to a dress or cropped short.

Notes for woven fabric:
If you are planning to make the hoody in a summer weight fabric (like woven cotton) then you need to be mindful that a woven fabric does not stretch. There ware 2 ways to address this:
(a) you can cut out your bodice pieces slightly larger, by adding 1cm (3/8") more to the centre front and centre back or,
(b) use a pattern one size bigger than you normally would, and adjust the sleeve and body length to fit when hemming.

This PDF pattern is available in sizes NZ|UK 6-18 (US2-14) & Youth (8yrs to 16yrs)

 >INSTANT DOWNLOAD available immediately after checkout includes:
1. Clear, detailed instructions with diagrams and photos (included in the PAH file)
2. Print at home pattern tiles (printable in A4 or Letter)
3. AO Copy shop file if you wish to print on large scale paper at your local print shop

 >Use the ADOBE LAYERS FEATURE to open the PDF pattern file and print only the size you need (and eliminate the "noise" of the unwanted sizes). You can also use the URL and bookmark links within the file to quickly access information and support. Download Adobe Reader for free (for Windows and Mac) here.


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