It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m pulling the line slightly out of context, but for me fall is such a special time. The cooler weather, beautiful colors, apples, pumpkin everything and sweatshirts. I love getting out the long sleeved t-shirts and sweatshirts. And that’s why I love this Double Trouble Reversible Hoodie pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop. There are way too many good things to say about this pattern and my girls have worn their hoodies probably 5 out of the last 7 days. Just enough to wash them and throw them on again.
One obvious reason I love these hoodies so much is because of the fabric. Art Gallery has an exceptional line of knit fabrics with 5% spandex and I can’t say enough good things about it. I already talked it up in this post. I used Where the Heart Is by Sew Caroline for one side and Art Gallery’s turquoise solid for the other.
The other reason I love them is because they are practical on many levels. They are going to be our most worn item this fall and winter. For starters, it is a unisex pattern. There aren’t a lot of patterns out there for boys so this fits the bill, and a simple fabric adjustment makes it perfect for girls too. If you have both boys and girls you can make matching sweatshirts with different fabrics, all from one economical pattern. They can be worn coordinating or matchy matchy because they are fully lined and fully reversible. Double win.
The original pattern doesn’t have a zipper but it is easy to add. Without the zipper the hoodie can be worn all by itself or layered with another T. With the zipper you will want to wear it over another shirt.
I initially was unsure how it would feel to have a knit fabric on both the outside and inside. Generally I layer with a terry knit sweatshirt on top and I wondered if the knit on the inside would cause whatever clothing they are wearing underneath to bunch, but that is not the case. These are very easy to get on and off.
I love how the rolled sleeves and the interior of the hood give a color block pop. Having a reversible hoodie multiplies the pairing opportunities for this piece and make it that much easier to match with everything in their closet.
In terms of the pattern itself it is great for all levels. Perfect for the beginner, it has very clear pictures, organized composition and detailed instructions. And if you like a challenge there are so many modifications that you can make. I added the reversible zipper, and plan to write up a tutorial for that
next , soon, eventually! so it will be available for you if you get the pattern. (Make sure to follow me if you want to be notified when I post it). I also added a pocket on my toddler’s hoodie because she loves to collect little treasures and I just knew she would be most enamored with her own special pocket.
I was right. That is her favorite part. She was intent on storing her very own kleenex there and insisted on getting it out herself when her nose was runny.
Plus, as you can see, she’s a natural born hoarder. She carried an apple in her mouth the whole time she was running around and picking them off trees.
I only put a pocket on one side so as to avoid bulk and it works great as an exterior or interior pocket depending which way she is wearing the sweatshirt. I just have to remember to check it whenever I do laundry since I never know what little treasure she will have tucked away in there!
With a few adjustments, like a neckline and cuffs, this pattern could also be used to make a standard raglan t-shirt with short or long sleeves. I will also probably make a one-sided terry knit sweatshirt with it. There really is so much you can do and it is actually a good deal for a sewing pattern, A few dollars less than most children’s clothing patterns out there.
Because it’s a reversible hoodie, cutting the fabric takes twice as long. If you are making multiple hoodies this step can seem to go on forever. Assembly is a breeze however and though you use twice as much fabric you still only have to hem once and do one neckline. I even cheated and used stitch witchery for the hem.
Dritz 222 5/8-Inch by 20-Yard Stitch Witchery, Regular
After several washes it is still holding up wonderfully, so stitch witchery for the win!
The sizing in the pattern is consistent with regular clothing, which is a relief for me. My daughters are wearing 3T and 12 months right now. Those are the sizes I made and they fit great. Also the fabric requirements are very generous. It suggested 3/4 yard of each fabric for the 12 mos. and 1 yard for the 3T, already taking into account the 58″ bolt. I only had 1 yard of the turquoise so I cut out all the pieces in the hearts fabric and placed them on top of the turquoise to see if they would fit and they did! My backup plan would have been to put a heart bodice on the turquoise side but I didn’t have to.
We had a wonderful day at the orchard and I literally smiled every time I saw my adorable daughters in their sweatshirts. Making your own clothing is so rewarding!
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