Ladies who have rediscovered sewing in order to provide stylish and well-fitting clothes for their children. As our kids are growing up, they are not yet physically ready or mature enough for adult clothes, and thus adult patterns. So we are in search of fun, functional, and fashionable pre-teen patterns to share with you. Our primary goal is to assist in making sewing for tweens a fun experience for the sewer and the model!
Today we have a guest post from Kristi who blogs over at Kopykat & Kidz. Her blog covers sewing for both kids and adults and various craft projects. She has a fun casual style that is certainly worth checking out.
Thank you Kristi for giving us another option for the ever popular hoodie!
Name of the pattern:
The pattern I’m using for this review is the Zip Up hooded
This pattern is from the sewing pattern magazine, Ottobre,
Ottobre is a European magazine so it is published with
European sizing. This threw me for a
loop when I first started sewing from it because using my kid’s measurements to
figure out sizing put them all over the place.
Then I found out that the sizes roughly equate to their height in
centimeters. This made my life much
easier! The pattern comes in sizes 128 –
170 cm. Abby is about a size 10/12 and I
sewed up a 140cm based on her height and it fits her perfectly. If I would have sewn her pants I might have
based the size on her waist measurement and added length.
The only special material I needed was a separating zipper,
however if you want to make it just like the pattern you also need two zippers
for the pockets, two grommets (and a little bit of interfacing) and flat cotton
cord. I don’t know if it’s a special
material, but I did use a size 14 stretch/knit needle for sewing as well.
Skill level required:
I think this is probably an intermediate pattern to sew
up. The thing that makes it lean more
toward intermediate is the zipper installation and the fact that Ottobre is
catering to people who already know how to sew.
What I mean is that there are no pictures of the construction. If you have sewed up a hoodie before you will
not have any problems following Ottobre instructions. Also the princess seams in the front and back
mean that you are sewing curves together instead of straight lines which can be
a little trickier.
back inside view
How you came to
choose the pattern:
In the case of this garment the fabric came first. Abby and I were at JoAnn getting some
microfleece for a coat for me (I finally got it sew and you can see us pictured
in our hoodies. Mine is also Ottobre
Women’s, issue 5/14, very similar but with no hood. The sizing women starts at a European 34
which is about a U.S. size 4. This could
also be a great option for the older tween/teen) and she found this light blue
microfleece. Since I love to sew for my
kids and she did need another hoodie for fall we bought some. Then we talked about hoodies and I decided to
make this one. I love the princess
seaming it has. I think it elevates the
regular boxy hoodie to a slimmer fit one for tween/teen girls.