Explorer Hoodie

07-hoodie1For the past two days I’ve been showing you the patterns that I made up from the latest Pattern Anthology collection, Make Believe… and today I have a third: The Explorer Hoodie! This jacket sports a front pocket and hood (there’s a ruffled version for the girls), two half-zipper options (angled or straight) with an optional tab. Although the main body of this hoodie should be made in a stretch, the bands of the cuff, hem, and hoodie can be made with a woven for endless options.

Since it’s been an unseasonably chilly summer around here, I thought I would make my Explorer Hoodie in jersey so that Easton can wear it as a long sleeved shirt. I used a white for the main body and hood, a striped cotton (you may recognize the print from my recent Cake Tee) for the pocket, hood band, and cuffs, and a solid, coordinating green for the sleeves. The result? A quick to sew, fun to wear style that’s going to be a “go-to” when school starts in a month!

One suggestion if you opt to use a thin knit such as the jersey that I sewed with, be sure to add a bit of knit interfacing in the area that you plan to insert your zipper. I think you’ll find that you’ll have a much easier time installing your zipper and have more professional results by doing this. Otherwise, I think you’ll find construction of this jacket sews very much like any other shirt and should come together without a hitch!

Since tomorrow is Linky Thursday, I’ll be rounding out the collection with my version of the Imagine Jacket¬†on Friday. In the mean time, be sure to check out how I made up the Adventure Tee and Bookworm Button-up!