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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Free patterns - toddler hoodie and harem pants

After all the clothes I've made for Thomas recently, I decided it was only fair to make something for Polly. I'm still on a self-imposed fabric and pattern buying ban, so I revisited all my patterns and found a printout of the Brindille and Twig baby and toddler raglan hoodie. I first downloaded and printed this free pattern when Thomas was little, but I didn't really have the ability to make it then. As I've now had a lot of practice with sewing knits (and also have a huge amount of them in my stash, I decided to give it a go. 

I had just about enough of the red and grey stripy sweatshirt fabric and ribbing left to make this for Polly. I dug around to find some more grey sweatshirting for the hood lining. I'm so pleased I finally gave this pattern a go. The instructions are really clear - I think I could have managed it all those years ago. The only issue I had was with the optional armhole details, as they were a bit too narrow to be seen properly. As with all kid's sewing projects, it was super quick to make due to the size, and the majority of this can be made on the overlocker which is always a bonus. I realised that this is the first time I have made anything with a hood, and I'm now planning to find a good pattern to make a hoodie for myself (once the fabric and pattern buying ban is over!).

 
 

I found a free toddler harem pants pattern on A Joyful Riot, in the hope of making a matching pair, but sadly couldn't squeeze them into the fabric. However, I loved the pattern so much that I decided to make a pair in some french terry I had left from making Hudson Pants earlier in the year. I also cut another hoodie so she could have a matching set. I made the armhole details wider this time, and was chuffed with the result - I know I'll be making this pattern again and again. The pants are a great pattern - only about 20 minutes to sew up and big enough to accommodate a cloth-bummed baby! Gareth reckons that she looks like a late 80s/ early 90s dancer in this get-up, but that's a good thing, right!?! 
 
 

5 comments:

  1. The hoodies are really cute and unique, Alex. I recently bought the same French terry then forgot why - now I remember, it was to make a pair of Hudson pants after seeing yours :-). Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Clare! The french terry is really soft and comfy for the hudson pants - they were perfect when it was hot in Manila (still waiting for the sunshine and warmth here!!

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  2. Hi, I came across your blog via the Girl Charlee website. I have been searching for interesting patterns to sew for my 2 year old grandson, so was delighted to see your toddler makes and discover Brindle and Twig. Hoodie pattern is now downloaded! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. It's a great pattern, especially for a freebie! Hope you enjoy making it x

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