Happy Homemade Sew-along // the hoodie

Did you finish your pull-over for the Happy Homemade Sew-along!?  Today is the day you want to get your pictures into the Flickr group!  Be sure to do that by the end of the day.  Someone asked me what time “end of the day” is and I don’t have an exact hour, but basically by the time Monday finally slips away from this earth, try and have your pictures in the pool.  Or before you go to bed tonight – whatever.  Then check back in on Wednesday for our round-up and to find out if you’re the winner of the sew-along prize!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Though you’ve seen my hoodie throughout the sew-along, I thought I’d share some pictures of it finished and on my daughter.  It’s always one thing to see a garment on a hanger and then another to see the actual fit on a person.


I made my hoodie in size 2, based on my daughter’s measurements.  Looking at other people’s pictures in the Flickr pool, I probably could have gone a size up so it would last her longer, but at least she’s got a sibling who will grow into it eventually as well.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

The modifications I made were adding the kangaroo pocket, lining the hood and also adjusting the shape of the hood slightly.  Meg mentioned the hood being too small, so I also angled the straight edge of my hood forward and then I rounded out the back of the hood a little.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

I think that it helped, but even still, there’s something a little strange about how this hood fits and the shape. I think it has something to do with the very open and low neckline.  When the hood is up, you can see how it starts at the shoulder, as opposed to closer to the neck like I’m used to.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

But besides that, I really love the hoodie.  In these pics, they are styled a little more appropriately for fall, but I like the versatility.  It can be layered for the cooler months, or paired with shorts and a tank top for warm weather, or thrown over a bathing suit as a cover up.  And I love that it looks great on all kids, boys and girls.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

The main fabric I used is double gauze that I bought at Bolt back when I visited Portland in 2013.  I’d been saving it for who knows what.  I have to say, I LOVE the way it looks as a hoodie, but part of me is really sad because I don’t think Yuki will wear this and I really really love the fabric.  The first time she saw the hoodie she said she liked it.  Then when it was time to put it on she said she didn’t like it.  When I said that it made me a little sad to hear that since I had worked so hard to make it for her, she said, “Well, I LIKE it, I just don’t want to wear it.” 😦 Hah!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

But this is basically how Yuki feels about it.  Sigh.  Maybe her sister will wear it someday…

The lining and drawstring were made with double gauze that I bought from Imagine Gnats.  It doesn’t actually match the color of the red stars, but close enough!

You guys know that I love double gauze.  It’s really soft and comfy.  Feels warm but still really breathable and perfect for hot weather.  I wish this hoodie fit ME!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Anyways, it has been soooo exciting seeing all the of the hoodies pop up in the Flickr group!  I love how they are all so different!  Everyone put such a unique spin on it with their choices of fabric and other modifications.  It’s so great and really makes me happy that people actually participated!  Thank you SO much to everyone who sewed along!  Be sure to check back in on Wednesday!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five


10 thoughts on “Happy Homemade Sew-along // the hoodie

  1. THANK YOU for hosting this sew-along!!! I have had the Japanese version of Happy Homemade for over a year now and the hoody was the main reason I purchased the book. I have been too intimidated to try the pattern….and that was even after buying the English version of the book this past fall! I was BEYOND giddy when I first read your post talking about a possible sew-along. After tackling this surprisingly easy pattern and taking a class with Sanae in Seattle that focused on another Japanese pattern, I feel a little better about moving forward into the world of Japanese sewing patterns. We blog followers are all so lucky to have such great teachers like you and Meg share your knowledge and tricks!!

  2. Your hoodie looks beautiful! I am sorry your daughter doesn’t really like it, I made 2, one for my daughter and one for my son, and I couldn’t even get them to put them on for my flickr pictures even though they were so excited about the animals on the fabrics, but I will wear them down and they will love them eventually! I won one of the pattern books, and I love it, I can’t wait to try some of the other patterns! Thanks for hosting the sew-along and helping me overcome my fear of Japanese pattern books (next step…double gauze)!

  3. I love this little hoodie and I have a little nephew that it would be perfect for. Unfortunately, I was away on holiday whilst you were running this sew-along. I think i shall come back to these posts in the near future though and give it a try – I’ve enjoyed reading through and having never tried a Japanese pattern before, this is massively helpful.


  4. This hoodie is outstanding and Yuki looks so adorable. Maybe if you ironed on her favorite word on the front? I guess there are iron on letters somewhere. It is just so perfect for SF weather.

  5. Love how this turned out! I actually finished mine on Saturday but couldn’t get it photographed in time to upload it 😟 So many great hoodies!

  6. I think it looks amazing and so comfy! I can totally empathize with you about your daughter not feeling the same way though, that is how my daughter usually reacts to my homemade things too, unless they are completely pink and flowered. 😉 Thanks for doing the sew-along! I look forward to tackling this soon, since my daughter was sick this past week. Do you have plans to do any other patterns from this book? (Please say yes)

  7. Thanks for hosting the sew-along! I really enjoyed it and it was great motivation to try new patterns in this book. I do hope you do some more sew-alongs!

  8. Your hoodie looks amazing. I can’t believe she won’t wear it! That is awful all your effort, I’m sure she’ll come around. I have been blessed that my kids live in their me mades. Really enjoyed reading your “how tos” thank you for hosting it was great.

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