I really think I should change the name of this feature to Pattern Review Saturday ... although I probably wouldn't get it posted until Sunday if I did :)
This week I made the Urban Hoodie by Heidi & Finn. I originally bought the pattern a little over two years ago when Gracie wore a 5T thinking I would make a few for her. Yeah, that didn't turn out quite the way I imagined :) Luckily, Mae now fits perfectly into the 2T, so she is the proud owner of a new Urban Hoodie!
Overall, I love the pattern. The directions were quite simple to follow and the pattern itself was easy to sew and fits Mae very well. I don't think this would be a good first project for anyone, but it is appropriate for a confident beginner. That's one of the things I love most about Heidi & Finn patterns. You get a really nice finished product without a lot of fuss.
I only made two minor modifications to the original pattern. The bottom band is slightly wider that the pattern calls for because I wanted the hoodie just a smidge longer. Also, the sleeve cuffs are slightly narrower so they would stay above Mae's hands.
I chose to make this a true Michigan fall jacket (i.e. warm enough for most southern winters) by making it out of cotton velour and lining it with a bamboo french terry. Hopefully, this should take us all the way to the end of October :) After that point, most everything has to be wind proof, lined in sherpa and filled with down to keep you warm!
I thought it would be fun to use color blocking on this hoodie. After all, Mae will only be two once, and I'm guessing there is a limited time frame when you can get away with this particular color combo :) And since it's bright already, why not combine it with sunshine yellow leggings! To be honest, I like it so much that Mae will probably be sporting this combo a few times this fall. Oh, and please try to ignore the giant cloth diaper booty under the leggings. Mae had just gotten up from a nap (hence the wonderful hairdo) and she was wearing one of her "fluffier" diapers :)
Outside - Cotton velour
Lining - Bamboo french terry
Lining - Upcycled t-shirt from Old Navy
Snaps - Kamsnaps (as always!)
Leggings - Old Navy