Pattern Review ~ Figgy’s Beach Bum Hoodie Pattern

on May 12 | in Products | by | with 22 Comments

Gabrien tells us all about Figgy’s Beach Bum Hoodie pattern today… The pattern works for sizes 18 months through 7 years, and includes a board shorts pattern. We also have the same pattern for sizes 8-14 years! Don’t miss Gabrien’s introduction and her blog, Dahlia Handmade.

Beach Bum Hoodie Pattern
Beach Bum Hoodie & Board Shorts from Patterns by Figgy’s

Description & Materials
A casual pullover made from woven fabric with a hood and V-neck for children. Pattern includes board shorts, however I didn’t make those. For the hoodie I picked a light cotton canvas that is equivalent to linen in weight and a quilter’s cotton for the contrast, and then picked some coordinating thread.
Fabric Recommendations
The hoodie pattern recommends light to medium-weight woven fabrics such as quilting cotton, broadcloth, linen, seersucker and for the contrast hood (and shorts too, if you’re making them to match)– linen, lightweight denim, twill or madras.

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Supplies & booklet, ready to go.

Overall Design 5 stars
The design is unique and I can see that it could be for girl or boy, depending on the fabric you choose. The pattern booklet says it’s, “Perfect for lazy days on the boat, in the woods, on the beach, or anytime not quite chilly enough for a full-fledged jacket,” and the garment lives up to that description. If you make it out of lighter weight cotton it would be great to keep the sun off delicate skin, yet light enough not to be too hot. The hood is pretty big so I might add elastic after the fact just to suck it in a little but my son likes it just fine because it reminds him of Luke Skywalker, so this one will be a sure winner with him. He also likes things roomy and comfortable and to go on easily. The pattern also has options to sew your seams fully enclosed if you have a child with touch sensitivities. I know it’s hard to find clothing that suits children with this issue because even the slightest seam allowance can feel itchy on the inside. There are instructions on how to work french seams in the hoodie along the side and shoulder seams and the neck is sewn with a facing and top-stitched flat.


Written Instructions 4 stars
The instructions come in the form of a sweet little booklet that has been lovingly stitched up one side and is printed on recycled paper (we appreciate that here in Oregon!). The directions are fairly clear although it would be easier to follow along if the directions for regular seams were written out and then directions for smooth seams written separately, perhaps in an inset box, so you can easily skip the steps you don’t require. Also, it doesn’t say on the cutting page to trace the pattern onto another sheet of paper, which may not be automatic to everyone.

Diagrams / Images 4 stars
The drawings are helpful especially the ones explaining the neck opening. I was confused by the hood diagram until I had the pieces in my hand and then they made sense. In the booklet there is reference to Figgy’s blog where there are clear photos and some more helpful tips.

Pattern Pieces 5 stars
The pieces are great– easy to trace with thick lines and they all fit together nicely. The sizing seems accurate; I made the 6/7 for my small 5yr old and there is plenty of room to grow.

Overall Level of Difficulty Intermediate
I would say intermediate level. You need to be confident with curved seams, facings, and top-stitching so a beginner would benefit from the guidance of a teacher or friend to make this pattern.
Tips + Modifications
Definitely follow the suggestion on the first page that says to iron a crease in the center of your pattern pieces, this came in handy. Also, take the time to hand baste or use water soluable basting tape for the neck facing. I went ahead and hand basted (which I normally never do!) and it made top-stitching the neck facing from the right side much easier.

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Hand basting along the neck facing.

As you can see in this photo I also edge-stitched along the V neck opening, because my fabric is loose weave and I worried that the bottom of the V might pull apart when being pulled on over the head. And on that note, be sure and test the head opening after you cut your V but before top-stitching if you have a large headed kid. So after stitching along that basting I removed it and found that my top-stitching caught the facing all the way around. Be sure to refer to Figgy’s blog and check out Flickr pics of other people’s interpretations.

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Gabrien’s kiddo modeling his new hoodie.

Overall I would recommend this pattern for sure especially if you have a child with touch sensitivities who needs nice smooth seams or if you live in a climate that can change rapidly from balmy sun to cool and cloudy (ie: Oregon!). It was a fun pattern to sew and I look forward to making the shorts to match.
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22 Responses to Pattern Review ~ Figgy’s Beach Bum Hoodie Pattern

  1. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for taking the time to do such a thorough review. I also have a small 5 year old boy so I will make sure to do the 6/7. It looks great!

  2. knicole says:

    Thank you for this pattern/review….been looking for a cute hoodie pattern for my nephew and this is absolutely perfect.In our Washington weather this is perfect!

  3. Thanks for the review. This pattern is surely on my list!

  4. Betsy M says:

    Thanks for the review. What a nice pattern for boys or girls!

  5. Kristen Kopack says:

    I can’t wait to try this for my girl! With the right fabric it, could totally work!

  6. Thanks for the great review. I am personally a fan of patterns and I tend to do those myself with my assortment of sewing machines. Do you have any patterns for younger girls as well?

  7. Valerie says:

    Thanks for the review. It’s nice to hear useful input while considering making a purchase. As has been mentioned, there is such a lack of 5yo+ patterns out there!

  8. Doris says:

    Great cute pattern, thanks for the review!

  9. Liz says:

    Thank You! I always love seeing cute patterns for boys!

  10. Shelly says:

    Thank you for the review. Your little one is adorable!

  11. angelina says:


  12. That is really cute – Thanks for the Review – I can see a little girl wearing this also….

  13. that would look too cute on my grandson. Thanks for the review!

  14. Maddie says:

    Oh… yes, I am excited to see a pattern that is suitable for the older boy. They are so much harder to sew for since there is such a limited selection of patterns for the boy over 5. I can see this being a great part of a boy wardrobe and hope to see more patterns like this carried by SMS.


  15. Lisa says:

    That is such a handsome hoody! (I restrained myself from saying it was cute and darling since those aren’t very manly terms – heehee) Does it come in Men’s XXL for my 6’7″ son? lol

  16. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    Looks great. I think my nephew needs me to make this for him.

  17. Lynda Malm says:

    Very cute! Can easily see how it would work in a knit as well.

  18. Jeannine says:

    Oh that is so cute. I ordered some fabric last week, so hopefully I will get it done one of these days.

  19. Bethany says:

    I think that I would love to try this for my 4 little ones. Thanks for the review!!! I think that I might give this a try!!!

  20. ~Helena~ says:

    Wow, now thats cute. Thanks for the review.

  21. erin says:

    Oh, thank you for this review. I enjoyed it so much. I currently have my pieces cut out to make this pattern.

  22. Vicki says:

    It’s super cute, thanks for the review!

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