Monday, April 18, 2016

Stripey Halifax Hoodie


I sewed a sweatshirt! A non-hoodie version of the Hey June Halifax Hoodie, to be exact...


A few weeks ago, my husband and I were getting ready to go on an epic scuba-diving "liveaboard" trip to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. A live-aboard basically means living on a boat for a week or so, diving as many times a day as possible. When prepping and packing for this trip, I simultaneously feared that I would be too hot and too cold on the boat. My thought process went like this: "Maybe the air will be stagnant and it will be stuffy and hot in the tiny boat rooms.... but then again maybe it will be breezy on the water and I'll be wet and chilly after diving." Sigh. 


This pre-trip paranoia was enhanced by the fact that you are not supposed to over-pack for the boat since space is limited. Somehow this increased the packing pressure for me. I know, I know, I should have just packed my nautical-themed pashmina afghan. But it's at the dry cleaners.


So, I did what many in the sewing world have done and will continue to do until the end of time: I sewed a garment at the last minute before my trip. I figured a lightweight sweatshirt that I could throw on would help if the ocean breezes picked up, or if I felt a chill on one of the many flights I have to take to get there.


In the end, it turns out I didn't need the extra layer on the dive boat, which was quite toasty, but I did need it for a ferry, which had the AC set to arctic blast and my numerous flights. So, pre-trip sewing justified, right?

I went with fabric and a pattern from my stash: striped french terry from the Imagine Gnats shop (affiliate link) and the Halifax Hoodie pattern from Hey June. The fabric is lightweight and vaguely nautical with its blue-ish stripes. Perfect for when I'm on a boat.


I've been meaning to make up the Halifax Hoodie for a while now. Honestly, I couldn't decide which view to make! So, so many options. Ultimately, I landed on View D, the traditional pullover with a funnel neck and a kangaroo pocket.


I am really loving the final garment! It's a little bit big in the body and long in the arms; maybe next time I would size down. When choosing a size, I found my bust and hips between sizes (between XL and 1X on top and 1X and 2X at the hip), so I opted for the larger sizes. I probably should have gone down a size. As an aside, I think my one complaint about Hey June patterns is how big a size I have to choose. 2XL? Really? Eek. Anyway, I am not upset about how big it turned out- it's slouchy and comfy and perfect for my purposes.


I tried to stripe match, but was only somewhat successful. The side seams worked out, but not so much the sleeves. Or the kangaroo pocket. But let's pretend it was on purpose, ok?


I love the snuggly, slouchy funnel neck... good stuff.  I am picturing more of these hoodies in my future...


24 comments:

  1. Looks great. I just made the hey June lane raglan but was surprised to find that I was a large grading to a 2xl in the hip. Seems large to me but I like the end result and the predone fba is very convenient. I really like your funnel neck. Its a nice variation on the classic hood.

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    1. Thanks, Renee! I've been meaning to try the improved Lane Raglan- I bet the built-in FBA is nice!!

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  2. I really like the funnel neck. This hoodie is an essential, versatile and practical garment - it looks good too!

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    1. Thanks so much! I agree- hoodies are essential!!

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  3. Love your sweater. I'm in the sewing last minute for a trip mode right now. ;) It's crazy how we think.

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    1. Thanks, Andie!! I think last minute sewing is a common thing among us all!

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  4. It's so gorgeous and snugly and comfy!!!

    And the fabric looks amazing. I sewed with french terry once and vowed never again...but you make me rethink it!!!

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    1. Thanks! It is definitely snugly- it was perfect for throwing on over whatever I was wearing...

      Hmmm- I didn't have much trouble with this french terry. What made you swear off of it?

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  5. I saw this on Instagram. And I was really, really hoping that when I clicked over here, I'd find that you weren't quite sure about this hoodie and that there was some unexplicable thing that made it unwearable for you. And then I was going to selflessly offer up my mailing address and the cost of shipping to take it off your hands. Because I adore it and want it for myself. If you ever decide to give it up, you know who to call. :)

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    1. Ha ha ha! Thanks so much! To be honest, now that my trip is over and I am back in sweltering Bangkok, I don't have much use for the sweatshirt in the near-term. Perhaps we can engage in some sort of sweatshirt time-sharing arrangement? ;-)

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  6. I have to say, pretty much everything you makes goes on my "to sew" list - this is adorable and I must have one.

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  7. I love this! Thanks for sharing. Have you made any other Hey June patterns up?

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! I really like the Hey June Union St. Tee for me, and had success with her Greenpoint Cardigan and Monkey Bar skirt for my nieces! I tried the old version of the Lane Raglan and didn't love it, but am excited to try the recently improved version.

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    2. P.S. Sandra, here are my Union St. Tees: http://cookinandcraftin.blogspot.com/2015/06/union-st-tee-x-3.html

      And my Lane Raglans: http://cookinandcraftin.blogspot.com/2015/08/lane-raglan-two-ways.html

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  8. Love this...just the right amount of slouchy.

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    1. Thanks!! Yeah, it's definitely slouchy, but in a good way :-)

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  9. Stripes! Always a winner. And I think the stripe matching on the pocket is pretty darn good!

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    1. Ha ha- thanks! And, tis true- stripes rule.

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  10. I love this! You look so comfy and it looks perfect for a little bit of extra warmth on cool mornings and evenings!

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  11. I love this sweater. I don't normally wear sweatshirts because of the raglan sleeves, which do me absolutely no favours. I know because I've tried. So I'd checked this pattern out because of the set in sleeves. I'd then completely discounted it because I couldn't get past the product pictures (silly I know). Your version has completely changed my mind about it. Please stop! I've already got the Cashmerette t-shirt pattern in my sights after your awesome orange version. You're costing me a fortune! ;-)

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    1. Ha ha- sorry to be a pattern enabler!! ;-)

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  12. I am obviously a little in posting a comment. I just found your Halifax Hoodie and love the funnel neck with tie. I see them everywhere online and in magazines. Glad I stopped over to read and see more of your version. Now adding this to my list of things to sew and pattern to buy.

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