Pattern Testing: The Avocado Hoodie

18 Mar

Remember that little blurb last Thursday about the kickstarter campaign for this hoodie pattern? Well, it looks like in the time since then, Mari has 100%+ funded her goal! Yay, paper patterns! There’s still about 6 hours left until the campaign ends, so if you haven’t had an opportunity to contribute and you want to snag the pattern at a discount price, now’s your chance!

In the meantime, let’s talk about why I even brought this up today…

Avocado Hoodie
I got to test the pattern over the weekend, and now I’m the proud owner of my own Avocado hoodie! Woohoo!

Avocado Hoodie
I’m not normally a fan of pullover hoodies… which now that I think about, it’s kind of dumb since I *always* zip my hoodies up. I can’t stand that shit flapping around! But anyway, for whatever reason, I don’t normally spring for the pullovers. Maybe because they remind me too much of those oversized college hoodies, I dunno. This one is surprisingly nice, though – the princess seams give it a bit of shape, so it still looks nice even though it has way more ease than what I would normally prefer to wear. And it’s sooo comfy, forreal.

Avocado Hoodie
Confession: After I took these pictures on Saturday afternoon, I wore the hoodie for the rest of the day – to clean, cook dinner, and lounge-y LT time. I love that it’s comfortable and snuggly, but it’s not so huge I feel like I’m swimming in something that belongs to a dude 4 sizes bigger than me.

Avocado Hoodie
In addition to being a basic, princess-seamed pullover hoodie, this top has a few neat features that differentiate it from similar hoodies…

Avocado Hoodie
Thumb-holes in the cuffs!

Avocado Hoodie
Pockets in the back – so when you are walking with your arms around a loved one (or fling, or friend, or whatev. I ain’t here to judge you), they can put their hands in the pockets. GENIUS, amirite?!

Avocado Hoodie
The hood is a great size – not so big that it gets floppy and falls off (ew, I hate that), not so tight that it pushes down on the top of my head and makes it hard to move around (hate that, too). I feel like hood size is kind of a delicate balance, and this one is drafted exactly to the size that I find most comfortable.

Avocado Hoodie
As far as how the finished hoodie fits… I opted to sew it as close to the suggested measurements as possible, and I think the bottom hem ended up a bit loose. Of course, you don’t want something like this to little or negative ease, since tightness can cause the hem to ride up. I cut a 4 for the front bust/hips, tapered to a 2 at the waist, and cut the back at a 2. I think the ease in the bust, waist, and arms turned out great – yes, there is ease (more than I typically wear, even!), but I feel like it still looks pretty flattering. I may take it in just a bit around the hips, but even as it is now, I think it looks fine.

Avocado Hoodie
One thing I do think is worth mentioning is that the length was a bit too long on me after adding the hem band. Here is how it looks with the band folded up – I think it suits my proportions better this way. Keep in mind that I am petite (clocking in at about 5’2.5″ on a tall day ;)), so it should be the perfect length for an average height/torso.

Avocado Hoodie
Putting the hoodie together was quite easy – despite there being a bunch of little pieces. I did have a bit of trouble figuring out the pockets, but as I was testing the beta pattern and left lots of feedback, I think it will be much easier after Mari adds more clarification and diagrams. With that being said, after I finally trolled through the pockets and started really assembling the hoodie, that part went FAST. I think it took me maybe an hour and a half, tops. I sewed the entire thing on my serger, minus a couple areas of topstitching.

Avocado Hoodie
The fabric I used is from Mood in NY – my first completed post-NY project! It’s a cotton french terry, and the lining under the pocket is cotton jersey. I loooove this fabric, it’s so soft and warm, and I think it will feel really nice in the summer when I’m dealing with air conditioning πŸ˜‰ The only downside to this stuff is that is sheds tiny terry pieces like it’s going out of style. You will definitely need to finish every single seam if you use this type of fabric… and make sure you do a thorough sweeping after!

Avocado Hoodie
Ooh just look at that lovely terry.

Avocado Hoodie
Here you can see inside the pocket on the back – the dark is my pocket lining (the cotton jersey). Wouldn’t this be fun with something super bright and contrasty, like teal with yellow polka dots?? Which I almost bought, btw. Hm maybe I should have.

Avocado Hoodie
All in all, I think this turned out pretty good! I may end up removing the band and just topstitching the bottom, to relieve some of the length, as well as shortening the sleeves – this climate doesn’t exactly dictate the need for sleeves that cover most of the hand πŸ™‚ I’m also thinking about screen printing something on the front, since it’s so plain! What do you guys think??

Avocado Hoodie
I must say, I was a little nervous on Saturday while finishing this up, since it was 70* outside and I’d spent the whole morning doing garden and yard work (yay, Spring!), I was thinking I wouldn’t have a chance to wear this hoodie at all! But just in case you were wondering… it got all cold and rainy again. And by “cold,” I mean 50*. What can I say? I’m a delicate Southern Rose who wilts at any temperature below 65* πŸ˜‰


45 Responses to “Pattern Testing: The Avocado Hoodie”

  1. missparayim March 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Looks super cute!!
    I tested this about a month ago, and didn’t take pictures. I think the lightweight French terry is the way to go.

  2. Thea March 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Awww, I love it! I totally get the hood-size thing! Now I want one too – I only have one comfy hoodie, and it’s beginning to show the love. So, I’ll totally go and crowdfund… Also, I’m so jealous spring made an appearance at your end… I’m pining for it here.

  3. Rochelle New March 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    That’s way cute!! I LOVE hoodies with thumb holes, and I think the dual pocket thing is really interesting and something that I’d be curious to test out lol. You definitely need to make one in more of a “Lauren” color though πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD March 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      Oh, I know! I really really REALLY wanted to make a red one, but the terry/fleece color selection was really lacking the day I went to Mood. I decided on grey because I figured I could print something on the front if I really got sick of it… not to mention grey goes with, well, everything!

  4. Gjeometry March 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Very nice hoodie! Looks stylish even though it is casual!

  5. Lori March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    That is so cute, great job and way to sew up that Mood Fabric!

  6. ClaireE March 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Finally a hoodie that looks a little tailored. I also don’t like the bagginess that RTW ones have. This would look great in deep purple.

  7. disparatedisciplines March 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Thanks for the review! Haha it’s in the 20’s today in Chicago so it’s actually too cold for just a hoodie!

    • Nellie March 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      What a great idea for a pattern! Hoodie with princess seams! It looks great on you.

  8. Stephanie March 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    What a cute hoodie! I really like that it’s more fitted. The princess seams definitely seem to help. I’m not normally a pullover hoodie type of person either but I think that’s because they normally seem really baggy. I think I could go for this though πŸ™‚

  9. Carlee March 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Looks beautiful! And frickin 70 degrees!!!! Jealous! I was snow tubing this weekend, giving myself a neck injury (whiplash, nothing broken!).

  10. Kacie March 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Great pattern! The princess seams add a feminine touch to a classic hoodie. And I think you should absolutely screen print something on it!

  11. Sarah W. March 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Cute! The pullover reminds me of a knitting pattern I just saw:

    • LLADYBIRD March 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      GASP. I want!!!

      • weefrills March 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

        Me too! Also, they used the worsted version of the fingering weight yarn I used on my shawl–Swan’s Island. Pricey, but great yarn!

  12. Kelly March 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Cute! I like how the seams provide shape without being fitted, and those back pockets are such a thoughtful feature. I may need to look into this as a beach sweatshirt!

  13. Sarah March 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    It’s very cute but I agree it’s a little long on you. Maybe you could take the band off, and shorten it, and reattach it stretched so its tighter and kind of stays more tucked up underneath? Would look great with something neon pink printed on it! Love the princess seams!

    • LLADYBIRD March 19, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      I’m probably going to have the omit the band entirely since the pocket flaps are very close to the bottom seam line, so not too much room to shorten there. I don’t care much for bands at the bottom of my tops, though, so it all works out πŸ™‚

  14. Philippa March 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    I like the proportions on you both ways and agree the princess seaming really helps with shaping. Also, totally with you on temperature. 1 degree celcius (33.8F) in England at the moment. Hating it 😦

  15. Rebecca Wagner March 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Oooh cute, you should deff put a print on the front, that would look mad! πŸ™‚

  16. angela March 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Very cute. I am up here in the north so I might need to make a sweatshirt now. It looks so warm and comfortable. You have inspired. I get cold when it is below 70 and it gets that cold a lot here in New York (it snowed yesterday). I’m not complaining too much though because I used to live in Massachusettes and it was colder there πŸ™‚ I guess I’m a little delicate too because I am originally from the west coast.

  17. kitblu March 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Excellent fit, style and pockets. I am a hardy Canadian and would get lots of use out of this hoodie, including the thumb holes – especially at home. I keep the temperature low (low 60’s) for comfort and wear layers. I say yes to stenciling! Either a large one above the muff (is that what you call the front pocket) or a smaller one at the shoulder and a long one across the muff.

  18. Dianne March 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    It looks really cute on you. Screen printing something on the front would be fun. Any idea what you might screen print?

    • LLADYBIRD March 19, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      No idea! I swear, I think the hardest part of screen printing is figuring out what to print πŸ™‚

  19. Susie Homemaker, MD March 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Cute! Screen printing would be fun or you could embellish it with bias strips in a fun design like you see on some RTW.

  20. Tilly March 19, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    What a clever design! I only wear hoodies for running though so wouldn’t have anyone to put their hands in my back pockets then… but maybe I could stash some doughnuts in there? Looks really lovely and snuggly.

    • LLADYBIRD March 19, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Hahahaha I thought the same thing – donuts or my iPod (or both? Wouldn’t that be a lovely union?). It reminds me of those running pants that have a pocket in the back, which I looove!

  21. Frau Leo March 19, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Very nice! I’m very intrigued by the back pockets and would love to seem them in real!
    Also: YES to colourful lining and YES to screen printing something on the front!

  22. true bias March 19, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    i kinda love this hoodie. i hope that she releases the pattern soon so that I can make it before its too hot out. i actually love the length of the hoodie because i like to wear my hoodies with leggings so i prefer it to cover the butt.

    • LLADYBIRD March 19, 2013 at 9:15 am #

      Oooh, I didn’t think of that since I don’t normally wear leggins, but you’re totally right. It is the perfect length for butt-coverage!

  23. lisa g March 19, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    i LOVE thumb holes!!! in my neck of the woods we’re still getting snow… could totally use a hoodie like that today.

    • lisa g March 19, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      and PS i like the length on you, personally i like this sort of top to cover my bum. also, i’m not much of a huggy snuggly person… could the back pockets be omitted easily? looks like they’re just inseam but couldn’t tell for sure…

      • LLADYBIRD March 19, 2013 at 9:16 am #

        I think so! They’re just inserted into the princess seams, so you could easily sew the seams up and omit the tabs. You may have to fiddle with the pocket lining but I think that’s something that would make sense once you were playing with the pieces of fabric.

  24. Librarian Tells All March 19, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I was scrolling through like OH, HOW NICE, and then I saw the pockets in back. THOSE POCKETS ARE A DAMN STROKE OF GENIUS!!! It’s that kind of thoughtful, unusual custom detail that makes me want to learn to sew.

    ❀ jen @ librarian tells all

  25. sallie March 20, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Oh awesome! I need to sew more snuggly things like this. I’m a delicate southern rose like you – 65 degrees has me reaching for mittens and a hat! I think screenprinting something on this could be really fun, especially if it just ends up being more of an ‘around the house’ sort of comfy wear – why not try it? Would be a fun project.

  26. gingermakes March 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Ooh, this turned out great! What a cute little hoodie! And way to start working from that Mood haul!

  27. Adrienne March 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    It’s so cool to be able to make a hoodie from scratch and tailor it to your shape! I need to take sewing classes. By the way, I love your blog and added you to my Nashville Blogroll πŸ™‚


  28. Kimmie March 27, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    How frickin cute are hug pockets?!?!?

  29. Max April 14, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    Wow, just last night I read about this kind of pocket and here it is again! SO ADORABLE!

  30. Jadie Barwick February 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Just saw this from my google search. It is beautiful. I also got the pattern. Now trying to find the fabric but I bet I will have to order it. I noticed you serged the seams and the stitch is so nice. What kind of serger do you use? Thanks so much

    • LLADYBIRD February 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you! I use a Babylock Imagine πŸ™‚ It was pricy, but worth EVERY penny!

  31. steph June 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Was just wondering is there a way to not have the seam across the front? can it be just one piece?

    • LLADYBIRD June 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

      Only if you omit the pockets πŸ™‚


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