I am very lucky to be a part of a great design collective working with the fabulous people at Sew Crafty. The Sew Crafty Design Team work to bring together fresh design ideas and beautiful sewing supplies and I get chance to work with, review and showcase products from the Sew Crafty online shop. My latest collaboration with them is a new pattern I am working on for a cosy hoodie, I wanted something a little different so after the basic drafting I have added some nifty little design features that lift it a little from the norm. It's working title is the 'Hobnob'.
The design phase was fun and as I write this page I'm currently wearing the toile pictured right. Toiling gave me loads of useful information to adapt the final pattern. The toile fabric was a cheerful, inexpensive, dotty jersey from my favourite place to rummage; Fabric Land. If you have the time you can find some real gems there.
I found from the toile that I wanted to swing the side seams even further forward and wanted to make the front of the hood even deeper to let it fold softly round the neck.
The hood is cut on the fold with a full lining which . really works to make this a super cosy design
One of my favorite aspects of this design was converting a conventional sleeve to a raglan style, but I swung the curve right up so the lower 3/4 of the armscye follows a conventional sleeve shape before curving in and running in to the neckline along the shoulders.