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Hummingbird Pant (womens)
A go "anywear" pant to dress up or relax in. Easy construction with angled side pockets and gathered elastic & drawstring waistline ensuring a flexible and comfortable fit. The slight leg taper ensures a flattering look with 2 different style options:
STYLE A - Leg hem finished in a stretch cotton/lycra band (to allow the pant to be worn at 3/4 length or full).
STYLE B - Simple turn under hem (that can be worn folded up or long).
OPTIONAL Leg trim. Refer this blog for adding leg trim.
>RECOMMENDED FABRIC Designed for mid weight wovens, we recommend linen, tencel, rayon/viscose, rayon/poly however the pattern also works in a jersey knit (sweatpant style).
>SKILL LEVEL: Easy Intermediate sewers (difficulty 5/10).
This pattern differs from the youth Hummingbird as it has angled pockets (not side seam).
>SIZE & PURCHASING OPTIONS:
The PDF pattern is available in sizes XS - 2XL (NZ 8-18) with only the Print at home currently available. Available AO July 2020.
> Print-at-home (on A4 or letter paper). Each PDF file contains 3 different pattern sizes. Choose the size that best fits you and receive a couple of sizes either side to allow you to grade between them if necessary. Refer the Size Chart for help if you need.
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Seen here with the Kingfisher Top
Light to medium weight fabrics that have a soft drape.
The pant samples pictured are sewn in tencel (khaki with stretch hem), Linen (light blue rolled hem), Viscose crepe (Black with stretch hem) and blue floral (rayon).
Tencel, rayon*, rayon/poly, cotton* and cotton blends (knits or wovens)- cotton/viscose and cotton/polyester, light weight linen*
We do not recommend heavy fabrics or fabrics containing elastane or lycra.
*be sure to pre-wash fabrics like rayon, linen and cotton which can shrink up to 10%. You will need to take this into account when buying your fabric.
Suitable for Advanced Beginners/Intermediate sewers. Able to sew a curved seam, insert elastic into waistband and hems. No buttons or zips required.
Hummingbird Hoody & Sweatshirt
Super easy hoody & sweatshirt pattern for beginners. No pockets.
Great for active wear or 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).
SIZES: Womens XS,S,M,L,XL Youth (8-16 years)
PURCHASING OPTIONS: PLEASE NOTE this pattern does not yet come in AO. We aim to have AO options by the end of July.
Each Print-at-home PDF file contains 3 different pattern sizes (womens sizes) with the youth sizes all in one file. Choose the size that best fits you and receive one size larger and one smaller as well. Refer the Size Chart for help if you need.
Instant download available immediately after checkout.
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.
Please note that the size chart is not the finished garment measurements.
We recommend that you also measure your body length and compare to the finished garment length measurements given. To achieve a perfect, individual fit, you may need to adjust the patterns length.
Click here for help with finding your size.
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.
- This pattern is extremely versatile, made with or without the hood, winter or summer weight fabric, and either at full length or cropped.
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.
STYLE A - HOODY
STYLE B - SWEATSHIRT
Full length or cropped
Elasticated cuffs or stretch knit
Warm knit and/or fleece fabric or a totally different look in lightweight wovensContrast sleeves, hood linings and cuffs
>Click here for the tutorial on how we embellished the grey hoody with the old table cloth
> Click here for the tutorial on how to make a cropped hoody or sweatshirt using the Hummingbird Hoody pattern