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 & 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.|
|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.
Supplies & booklet, ready to go.
|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.||
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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.|