I have been slowly working my way through the book Stretch by Tilly and the Buttons. I initially boughtit as I already love sewing with knits and wanted to have this beautiful book in my collection. I strangely wasn’t sure how many of the patterns I’d make but turns out I have made more than I thought I would. The Stella Hoodie is my most recent make from the book. I have also made the Freya Sweater and the Frankie Baseball tee. It is truly a great resource that has been beautifully compiled with lots of tips and tricks. If you have never sewn with knits before, it is the perfect book to get started!
I am not ashamed to admit that I wanted a replica of the Stella hoodie samples shown in the book. So I went on the hunt for some pink sweat-shirting. I haven’t found any good quality sweat-shirting in my local bricks and mortar shops so went online. I found this beautiful organic pink fleecy french terry at Wicked Fabrics (not sponsored). It was a little bit more expensive than what I’m used to paying however I have learnt that you get what you pay for and I also like to support local small business when I can. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. Not only does it feel beautiful and sew up easily, it has also done really well after being washed many times. This is really lucky as I have found myself grabbing this hoodie most days as the winter here in Melbourne sets in. It does have a fair amount of stretch but the recovery is excellent.
They also threw in a sample of the matching ribbing which I was glad to try as it gives a clean, professional finish.
The inner hood contrast is made from some viscose jersey I have in my stash. The only thing I have noticed is that the viscose jersey is quite heavy compared to the french terry (which is quite light) so it causes the hood to pull down the back which can be a little uncomfortable. Not enough to stop me wearing it though but a consideration for the next one.
My Stella hoodie is a size 5 and with no adjustments. The casual loose fit of a hoodie makes it easy to fit and I don’t think I need to make any changes. For next time, I may consider buying enough ribbing to add to the bottom hem (the pattern calls for a turn up hem and no ribbing).
Sewing with stretch is something I am quite comfortable with however I don’t recall having sewn a hood before so it was good to learn how these get constructed.
I must admit that there aren’t too many garments where I feel the pattern and the fabric come together this perfectly so this make is a top success for me. Yay!
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