With fall officially here I thought it was fitting to sew Eli his very first hoodie. I dug through my pattern stash and found McCalls 6237. It includes a little girl’s dress, cargo pants, and hoodie. I sewed Eli a size 2 but added 1″ to the sleeves and bottom. The pattern gave only 2 measurements breast and waist which I found incredibly unhelpful. Here are my son’s measurements: breast 21, waist 10, weight 30 pounds, and height 37″. It really was a guess on which size to make.
I used a soft anti-pill fleece fabric that I had in my stash. (I promise I”m making a nice dent in it so I can go shopping on Black Friday.) I used 1 yard just as the pattern suggested and an 80/12 Ball Point needle. I’m still not very good at using the right needle but I think this was a good choice.
The actual sewing was pretty straight forward. This pattern is great! If you make it and plan on adding a size tag or cute made by mom label be sure to sew it after step 10. I didn’t and mine ended up fairly crooked! I also skipped the topstitching in step 12 and used a Welt Seam on step 11. I was excited to try a Welt Seam again since I had just learned in September how to do one. It turned out to be a bad idea because the seam looks a little off. Note to self: don’t add a Welt Seam unless the pattern calls for one!
Overall this project turned out pretty nice. I was excited about it and would highly recommend the pattern. Unfortunately it is now out of print but you may be able to find a cheap one on Ebay. (It is pretty hard to find a pattern for a toddler hoodie so it might be worth a little hunting.) The hoodie was a little bit snug around the neck but perhaps Eli just has a big head. If I end up making another one I may try to widen the neck opening. He was so tickled with his hoodie especially since it has pockets!