A month ago, I purchased McCall’s pattern 8070 on sale and decided to use an amethyst color no-pill fleece fabric that I purchased a year ago that was taking up space. (If you have no-pill fleece, you know what I mean). The pattern was easy to follow and it was a quick sew. For an experienced person this can be done in 90 minutes (or less) including cutting. I however went by the book using stay-stitching, and basting stitches as necessary mainly because of the stretch this fabric has. Also, I also did not take any short cuts and notched it everywhere McCalls marked on the pattern.
I normally wear a woman’s size 8 jacket or a women’s M hoodie (mens small) However, based on my size this pattern indicates that I’m a small. I find that many hoodie patterns (size S) do not give me ample room that I like. Small, on the envelope aligns with 34-36 which is accurate for me IF you like a close fitting hoodie. Medium however is 38-40. Considering possible fabric shrinkage (I rarely pre wash) I went with the later and am so glad that I did.
Construction was made on my new Baby Lock Crescendo, using an ELx705 ball point needle (80) and I finished off the seams using my Baby Lock Eclipse serger. I then top stitched around the neckline, hood, cuffs and waistband for a clean look. Since my last two hoodies (different pattern) called for a kangaroo pouch, I went with view “C” to take advantage of the pockets.
Here’s how it turned out. I don’t think that I will ever purchase another heavyweight hoodie. THIS is my go to pattern!