You know at this stage that I love a bit of pattern testing and these days I’m finding it hard to squeeze in some sewing for myself so when a pattern that seemed to have been designed for ME was in need of testing my hand went up straight away!!
I have to admit from the outset that the grey sweatshirt fabric I used was originally bought to make my husband a hoodie. Other than taking in some over-stretched old elasticated tracksuit bottoms, I’ve yet to sew anything for him. But, you know, it would be wrong of me to experiment on him with such a, eh, wild fabric choice… right? Think of this as undertaking some quality control before I make the perfect hoodie for him. I’d better get another order into Dress Fabrics as this was so easy to work with and is super soft.
The HUG HOODIE by Madeit Patterns is one very ME-esque pattern. Mainly cause it is super cosy. But also because I love a simple pattern with a slight edge that lifts it from basic to interesting, both from an aesthetic and from a making point of view. This is a straight forward make but the unusual front treatment with a diagonal faux overlap gives it that extra bit of coolness along with making it a bit more of an enjoyable make.
It is a boxy fit with a slightly cropped length. I added 6cm to the length and 6cm to the length of the sleeve. I love a super long sleeve.
I love that the pattern gives clear instructions on how to add binding to the back neckline seam. I had avoided this trying this technique up until now, but this is another of the reasons I love pattern testing. I get to learn new skills and try something I might otherwise have shied away from.
I got to use two items from deep stash in this project. I’ve had those cool “YES I made it” Kylie and the Machine labels for ages but they seem so special to me that I’ve resisted using them. There will be no stopping me now. They’ll be on everything!!
I also got to finally use some of the gorgeously soft organic cotton teddy fleece that I bought from Madeline de Stoffenmadam about a year and a half ago in a project for myself. An extra layer of cosiness!!
I’m in bad need of some new trousers so took the chance to make myself another cosy item! These are the Bob Pants from Style Arc. I bought some lovely yarn dyed cotton/linen mix fabric from the Sew Me Something stand the Knitting and Stitching Show back in November with a plan for a pair of simple trousers, and for once I followed through!!
These Bob Pants aren’t exactly winter warmers but I’ve been wearing them with my HUG and with a pair of woolly knee socks and I’ve been snug as a bug in a rug for sure.
The HUG HOODIE is on sale at the moment so it would be a great time to go grab the pattern and make yourself something warm and snuggly to get you through the next few weeks ’til spring manages to flex its muscles.