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).
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 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.
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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.
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.
*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.
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.
SIZE & FITTING
This PDF pattern is available in sizes NZ|UK 6-18 (US2-14) & Youth (8yrs to 16yrs)
WHAT DO I GET WITH MY PURCHASE?
Please note you are purchasing a digital pattern that will be sent directly to your email inbox after payment. You can print this pattern at home on A4 or US letter-sized paper or take it to a print shop for large scale printing (AO size). *You will not receive a hard copy printed pattern.*
Instant download available immediately after checkout includes:
2. PAH Pattern file (PAH=Print at home)
For printing in A4 or US Letter on a home printer. Printing at home is the most cost-effective, and sticking your pattern tiles together to make your full size pattern is easy. Further information for printing at home can be found in our Resources section here.
3. AO Pattern file
AO is a large scale file designed to be printed at a Print Copy Shop. You cannot print this on your home printer as it is too big. If you choose to use this large file you will pay extra to have it printed but you do not have to stick anything together.
You can use the ADOBE LAYERS FEATURE to open the PAH 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.