The Stripey Summer Hoodie

Recently I wrote an article about my trip to Paris, and the fabrics I bought there. I wanted to do a separate post all about the construction of a hoodie that I made with some of the striped jersey I brought back with me. The fabric is nice and light, so I thought it would make a perfect summertime garment.

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I fell in love with these different striped jerseys: a lime green with grey, hot pink with grey and the final one is a metallic dark grey stripe.

I played around with the fabrics for a while before deciding I would do the front in the lime, back in the pink and the sleeves in the shiny grey. I did take some time to match the stripes before cutting, to make sure they ran horizontally and would give me even looking hems.

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I re-used an old pattern that I have worked with before, and mixed up the sleeve/hood combinations because I wanted the full length sleeve with the hoodie.

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The construction was quite simple as there were not many pieces. A front and back, each cut on the fold, sewn together at the side seams. The two single-piece raglan sleeves were then sewn to the front/back and finally a two piece hood attached to the neckline.

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I don’t have an overlocker, so was using a stretch stitch that I really like on my sewing machine. It uses a fair amount of thread but means you get an almost overlocked looking finish. After sewing each seam, I would trim back to the stitching and press.

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I used ballpoint needles throughout since I was using jersey – including my twin needle to finish off the hem and sleeves. I think I should have used a fresh needle for my topstitching as there were a few skipped stitches here and there, but that’s life! 😀

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I’m really happy with how it came out. It’s a nice casual hoodie, and very light for the summer. I love it with my faded denim jacket, but when I’m feeling particularly green, goes well with my dyed leather jacket too.

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So anyone else into stripes at the moment? And what do you think I should make with the rest of my striped fabric?

Read the story of my trip to Paris (when I bought the fabric).

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