It’s taken so long for this project to make it to the blog, but here it is: the Style Arc Josie Hoody/Hoodie in pink Polartec Power Stretch. (I’m not quite sure how to spell the “hoody” part of the name since my printed copy spells it with a “y” and the PDF on the Style Arc website is spelled with an “ie”. Either way, it’s the same pattern.)
This sweatshirt is the ultimate in coziness, and a big part of that is fabric choice. The pattern and fabric were birthday presents from my kids, and I’m so happy that they got them for me. I fell in love with this pattern when I saw Devon Iott’s version (@missmake on Instagram), and after sleuthing around the internet looking at different iterations, I put it on my wishlist. Did you know you can buy printed versions of some of Style Arc’s patterns on Amazon? They come printed on nice, sturdy paper.
The fabric is Polartec Power Stretch from Mill Yardage. For the last few years I have gotten Polartec/Malden Mills brand fleece either at Field’s Fabrics in Kalamazoo, MI or millyardage.com. When I order from Mill Yardage, I often look at the seconds because, although Polartec has marked them as lower quality, whatever defect they have isn’t obvious, which means great fabric at a lower price. After trying Power Stretch one year, I fell in love with it for its soft, stretchy fluffiness, which makes it so comfortable. I thought this color and type of fabric would make a great Josie Hoody. The only downside is that it can get dirty a little more quickly than a darker color, especially around the cuffs. So far, any dirt has come out in the wash, though.
When sewing the pattern, I thought I would be really smart and lengthen it and add some pockets. I wanted to make sure the sweatshirt covered my backside because I had visions of myself wearing this and leggings, all snuggled up inside on a snowy day or going over to a friend’s house for coffee some cold morning dressed in my sporty sweatshirt. Some of the versions I had seen online were made by people shorter than me, and the fit looked great. I’m 5′ 8.5″, and I wanted to be fully covered. I added 4″ to the length, and then I saw a sweatshirt my sister had with pockets! That seemed brilliant. Tilly and the Buttons had a free pocket pattern with a little tutorial for adding them and I thought, “I hardly ever hack patterns. It’s time to up my game a bit and at least start adding pockets to everything. This will be great.”
It wasn’t great.
The length turned the cool sweatshirt into a sweatshirt dress that didn’t really look cool. And the pockets gaped, turning my not very cool sweatshirt dress into a cocoon dress (i.e. big hips when that wasn’t what I was going for). Yikes! I was down to only scraps of Polartec, so I had to be careful and seam rip the hem facing so I could save it, remove the pockets, sew up the side seams, and cut off the extra length before reapplying the hem facing. Luckily, all my “super cool pattern hacks” proved to be reversible and, amazingly, the pattern was just great as originally drafted. Imagine that! 😉
Although I tend to prefer zip-up sweatshirts to over-the-head sweatshirts, this quickly became a favorite. I love the light color, the feel and squishiness of the fabric, and the style of the pattern. I did take a little off the top of the hood so that it would fit better, but in a drapier fabric, I might leave it so that the hood stays nice and deep.
This is my first finished project for my 2018 Make Nine plans, and also my first Style Arc pattern. I would definitely make this again and hope to use Power Stretch again as well. For those who like technical details, here they are:
- I graded from a 12 at the bust to a 16 at the hip, and from a 12 at the armscye to a 16 sleeve as soon as I was able. I used the size 12 hood.
- I omitted the drawstring, and didn’t use interfacing.
- Needles: stretch 90/14 and double needle (probably stretch)
- Thread: top thread–pink cotton-covered polyester (old); bobbin–taupe bulky/woolly nylon
- Note: some of my double needle stitches have come undone. I’m not sure if this is because I used older thread or for some other reason. I use older thread that’s been given to me all the time and haven’t had any problems so far, so it’s hard to tell if this is the issue.
- Walking foot
- Light presser foot pressure, normal tension, three-step zigzag stitch (4.5 width, 0.5 length)
This is a great sweatshirt that is quick to make and great to wear. I definitely recommend it!