Wednesday, September 22, 2010

KCWC Day 3: Heidi and Finn Urban Unisex Hoodie Pattern Review

As part of the Kid's Clothes Week Challenge, I made the Urban Unisex Hoodie by Heidi and Finn. I made a Size 3T, and plan on making a smaller version for my littlest man as well.

I LOVE THIS PATTERN. It is a super value for the cost! It is adorable and totally versatile. The only thing I changed about the pattern was to use a rib knit fabric for the bottom trim and the sleeve cuffs.

The outer fabric is a sweatshirt fleece, and the lining fabric is a gray interlock. When I make it again, I probably won't use a fabric as heavy as sweatshirt fleece again. Some of the seams are really bulky and were difficult to get through my machine, especially while attaching the bottom trim. If I had used the sweatshirt fleece for the trim, like the pattern calls for, I could have never gotten it under my presser foot, because when sewing on the bottom trim, you are sewing through FOUR layers of your outer fabric and two layers of lining fabric.

My favorite thing about this pattern? The sleeves fit the shoulders perfectly - no easing required. Just pin and sew. LOVE that.

The only problem I ran into was sizing. I made the 3T, and it doesn't fit my 2T boy. There is some possibility that I printed the patterns wrong, but I still will be sizing up in future versions of the pattern, and I would DEFINITELY size up if you are using a woven rather than knit fabric.

So, this version will be heading to the closet for Sawyer in a year or two, and a new, bigger version for Quinn will be made soon!


  1. Yes, I thought the fit was a bit snug too. Travis wears a 2T but next time I will definitely size up. Good thing you have a little-er guy to give it to! I love the design of your hoodie!!

    A really easy, great pattern for boys is the Little Boo Blue Recycled T shirt Hoodie. I'm making my 4th one today.

  2. I'm glad it wasn't just me!

    I'll have to check out that pattern. I was admiring the Pavement one you posted! So cute!

  3. I agree about how bulky that seam can get. I used a tissue weight knit on the inside of mine and I was still really afraid I'd break 10 needles sewing it. Thankfully I didn't.

  4. I LOVE THIS! I'm going to have to get this pattern myself :)

  5. Molly, it is totally worth it. And they are offering pattern discounts if you visit Andrea's blog:

    Of course, I bought mine before I saw the discount. Figures. :) It was worth it anyway.

  6. Emily, I am so glad you commented because I went back to my previous orders and lo and behold I put the wrong fabric! I'll go fix that now, but the brown I used from them is definitely a lightweight sweatshirt fleece. The wrong side of the fabric has kind of terry loops, not like traditional fuzzy fleece. It's pretty nice, but I really like the stripe version that I made better. Maybe it's because I used rib knit for the cuffs. I prefer rib knit cuffs to interlock. I really like your version. I also think the sizing may be a bit small.

  7. I have this pattern and i have made some 6m sizes. I have no one to size with though. I am planning on making some more in knit fabric and I was wondering do I need to pick a bigger size? I have to make a hoodie for a friend size 5 so how will i make it bigger?


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