The softest sweatshirt

This Atelier Brunette jersey is one of the loveliest, softest, most beautiful fabrics that I have ever worked with, so when I made my Toaster Sweater from it I carefully hoarded all the remaining fabric! This time it’s Toby that gets the special treatment with a Brindille and Twig Hooded Raglan Sweatshirt. I’ve had the pattern for ages (it is one of their free offerings), but only reccently got to sticking it together and tracing it out.

I made this sweater during the last few weeks before baby Lottie arrived. I had a few quiet days to sew when Toby was in nursery which gave me the blissful opportunity to cut something out in the morning and sew all afternoon. I was actually really surprised how quickly it came together. It would make a great last minute present for a birthday or event.

I’ve gone for the 18-24 month size here. I wanted to make sure that Toby will get lots of wear out of this sweatshirt before he grows out of it, but it actually fits really well already.

I was going to pair this fabric with some plain navy jersey for the hood and pocket linings, but it seemed a waste of the beautifully soft backing on this French terry, so instead I lined them both with the same fabric but placed right-side to wrong-side. It means that it is a double thickness of fabric and all the edges are finished nicely, but Toby still gets to enjoy the softness on the inside. This seems to be one of the first hoods that he doesn’t immediately want back down, so I think he likes it!

I decided to make the cuffs and waistband with the fabric ‘inside out’ for a bit of contrast, and it means that they are also lovely to touch. Its nice to have a bit of texture and definition, rather than just letting them blend in with the main sweater.

The only deviation I made from the instructions was to topstitch around the hood to make sure that the lining stays put. Brindille and Twig have great photos in their instructions, and for this pattern in particular it is really clear which piece is being used because they have chosen really distinctive fabrics for the outer and lining.

This hoodie was such a easy sew. I will definitely have to make a few more as Toby grows. The hood and pocket would be really nice lined in fleece, and I think it would be really good hacked to have a centre front zip too.


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