My oldest daughter is officially landed in ‘tween’ land. She is starting to get more opinionated about her wardrobe and wasn’t that excited when I told her I was going to sew her an outfit using my Henday Zip Up Hoodie pattern.
A few quick modifications, however, made her more than happy with the final result!
Tip #1 – use a fabric they love. If you are going to use a print (and they can be tricky with tween age kids), choose something that they love. My daughter is nuts about penguins.
Tip #2 – Use ready to wear details. I added grommets and wide drawstring tape in the hood, and also bound the neckline seam with a scrap of jersey knit. It gives the sweater a more finished look. The topstitching is done with a reverse coverstitch. If you don’t have a coverstitch, many regular sewing machines have a honey comb stitch that gives a similar look. Thumb holes in the cuffs complete the look!
Tip #3 – Pockets. The Henday Zip Up Hoodie comes with some great zipper welt pockets, but I decided to change them to some circle side seam pockets, mostly because I didn’t feel like driving to the fabric store for 2 small zips!
Tip #4 – Athleisure styles are almost always a hit. The pants are Jalie 3022, a yoga style knit pant that has a back leg seam and a pieced waistband, very similar to the overpriced brand that starts with an ‘L’ 🙂
Tip # 5 – Keep it comfy! Don’t add the issue of scratchy stiff fabrics; make it so comfortable they won’t take it off! I used a super soft stretch french terry from Water Tower Textiles and a good quality printed cotton lycra from L’Oiseau Fabrics. I fully lined the hoodie with a soft bamboo striped knit, also from Water Tower Textiles so there aren’t any scratchy seams.
With this outfit, I was able to take a pattern my daughter felt was ‘too babyish’ (probably because her then 6 year old sister is modelling on the cover!) and turn it into a garment she is excited to wear to school! You can purchase your copy of the Henday Zip Up Hoodie here!