Hi everyone, it’s Kathy again from Sew Dainty. It’s lovely to be back on the Pin and Sew blog, and this time I am sharing with you my latest make – The Stella Hoodie from Tilly and the Buttons.
Tilly’s latest book ‘Stretch!’ has been incredibly popular since she released it earlier on in the year, and this is the third project that I have made from the book. Now that the weather is starting to feel cooler, I thought it was the perfect time to make up a Stella Hoodie, and when Aga suggested this wonderful thick Jungle Flowers sweatshirt fabric I jumped at the chance. The Stella Hoodie is an easy-fitting sweatshirt with a 3-piece lined hood and drawstring. Perfect for throwing on now that there is a nip in the air.
Tropical leaf prints are here to stay, and this fabric features peach, pink and mauve exotic flowers set amongst large scale greenery on a black background. In order to add a pop of colour, I used a Pin and Sew pink viscose jersey for the hood lining and continued that theme with the drawstring cord too.
Using the Stretch! book is so lovely. It is packet full of tips and tricks and the photography is outstanding. I made up this hoodie in a day, and it was really easy to sew. As you can see instead of using buttonholes for the drawstring cord, I decided to pop in some eyelets instead. These are quick and easy to apply and I placed them right in the middle of the buttonhole pattern markings. You might be able to get an idea of the super soft fleece on the reverse side of the fabric from this photo too.
I swapped between pink and black thread throughout this make, depending on which fabric I was using at the time. When I was stitching the hood lining to the hood to create the channel for the drawstring to run through I used pink thread in my top spool and black in the bobbin so that the stitching on both sides of the fabric would match.
I also decided to add toggles from my stash to the ends of my drawstring tape. I ordered this tape online and whilst the colour is a perfect match for the hood lining, the weight of it was much lighter than I was expecting. These cord ends therefore give the tape some weight and look pretty great too.
The only alteration I would make another time is that I would shorten the sleeves. Perhaps not necessary for most, however, as I have short arms and I should have adjusted the sleeve length on the pattern before I started. Not to worry, it’s still very wearable and as I plan to wear this as a layering piece I might be glad of the extra length ..
Finally I added a kangaroo pocket. Because this is an addition to the pattern and is discussed in a separate section of the book, I forgot to add it when I should have – which is before the side seams have been sewn. Although adding it at the end is a little awkward, it’s not impossible, but in the future I will definitely make life easier for myself and sew it in at the correct time!
Thank you so much to Aga for this great sweatshirting fabric. I am sure to be nice and cosy this Autumn/Winter with this in my wardrobe. What would you make with this fabric? Have you made a Stella Hoodie yet, and what fabric did you choose?
Take care, and happy sewing,