|Pattern Description: |
This is a sweatshirt with yoke, dropped shoulder, three-piece hood, upper centre front zipper, and topstitched, in-seam pockets.
Any size! It's designed for boys, but you can enter in whatever measurements you like and the pdf pattern is drafted to those measurements. The fit is very accurate in my experience! This is important, because I live in the UK, but my nephew is in America, so there's no opportunity for fittings - I have to sew and trust that the finished garment fits, and with Lekala I know it will.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
There's no photo, but the tech drawing is very close to the finished garment. (Photos)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Not really - Lekala patterns are designed in Russia and the instructions are just run through Google Translate making them rather cryptic to native English speakers. I usually look at them only to make sure I'm using the right type of fabric, and then come up with my own way of constructing it. It's like my own personal puzzle, and one of my favourite aspects of sewing! I wrote my own instructions, which you can read here!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There are so few patterns for older boys or tweens that aren't that same button-down shirt, and after sifting through my extensive pattern archive and finding only a handful (inevitably in the wrong size range), I turned to Lekala and found a TON of patterns with interesting details! I really liked that this one had a half zip and front pockets and a nicely drafted hood, but there were loads of others with equally nice details, too.
"Royal blue" sweatshirting from Josery, a new-to-me, UK-made textile mill. I'll definitely be using more of their fabrics in future, as they've got a massive colour selection and a ton of ribbed knit to match their sweatshirting, too. I already had some black ribbing and black sweatshirting scraps on hand so I used them here as accents. (Photos)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My only change here was to add cuffs onto the sleeves, both to gain a little length (my nephew has long arms!), and also to incorporate a bit more black into the design as otherwise the black on the hood and zipper might not have looked intentional.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would totally sew it again, and I'd also recommend it to others - it's a well designed, well drafted pattern with nice details and, crucially, comes in whatever size boy you have to sew for!!
My nephew's got a new hoodie that both suits his tastes and fits him!
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