It’s been awhile. I’ve been sewing, but I keep forgetting to take pictures of my projects. It’s one of my goals for the coming year – document my projects a little better and MAYBE start my own blog. I’ll keep you posted.
This little project came about because my every day clothing is a little more casual these days now that I’m retired. I found this 1970s Vogue 7658 on Mom’s Patterns (Jen is awesome – go check out her site if you love vintage patterns) and knew I needed to have it. I’m from Vancouver and if you didn’t know, we get a lot of rain – mists to downpour – so it’s always nice to have something with a hood in case you get caught in the rain.
The artwork on this pattern is a little misleading. The pattern pieces have a length that looks like it would hit well below the knee on a woman of average height. I’m 5’2″ and it came mid-calf! Needless to say I shortened the pattern pieces by about 5″ so my finished garment would hit just above the knee. I also made the decision to line the hood so I could add some colour.
The pattern suggested “soft or crisp fabrics such as double crepe, jersey, pique, light and medium weight wool, silk surah, synthetic mixtures”. I decided on a heather grey jersey in a medium weight and lined the hood with a simple cotton in a blue bubble print.
The garment has six pieces plus the one I drafted for the hood lining. This jersey weight was fantastic to work with and didn’t need me to finish the raw edges, but I have a serger, so I finished them anyway.
Machine sewing the zipper in wasn’t achieving the look I wanted, so using a double strand of thread, I hand stitched the zipper in using a simple back stitch. I like how it turned out!
I own a couple belts, but decided to use some of the leftover fabric to make a self tie and I think that it gives it the casual look I was looking for. I plan on wearing this hoodie dress often – either as a dress with tights or as an over-sized tunic with leggings.