In February of 2016, I posted a picture of a hoodie on my Facebook page–one that I had made for myself and decided to sell. I can’t even remember the reason–maybe it was because I was excited that it turned out nicely and wanted someone else to enjoy it. I sold it immediately and had several friends asking for ones in their sizes. It was then that I decided to form my sewing shop, Kutti Couture. There was just one problem–I had drafted the hoodie pattern based on clothing I already had…and it was only my size! If someone were a size larger, I might be able to swing it, but how would I accommodate the array of women who were joining my group–especially since they were likely different sizes in bust/waist/hip? It was then that I ventured to Etsy to search for a raglan hoodie pattern…my first PDF exploration.
And as you can guess, it is then that I found Seamingly Smitten. Their raglan hoodie pattern looked lovely in the posted pictures, and I couldn’t beat the price. I even happened to catch it on a sale.
This pattern became an instant customer favorite! I even hacked it into non-hooded raglans because the fit is so comfortable and loved.
Almost two years later (which really feels like at least 10), I still thoroughly love the fit and have overwhelming gratitude for my first taste of the PDF pattern community. It took me from a world of limited drafting (I started sewing bibs and kids clothes in 2012) to limitless potential! So…as a way to spread thanks for this amazing journey, I of course decided to sew another Hooded Raglan for myself!
With the upcoming cold weather, I wanted something versatile and fabric that I’d love seeing regularly. I’ve had a major crush on solids and stripes this season, so I chose soft charcoal French terry (from LDG) and CLUB cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
It is so soft, and do you see that length?! I’m 5’7” and didn’t need to lengthen. Now you know why I’m in love!
I did add one special little detail for the upcoming holiday season…
So fun right?
My girls are a bit envious.
To get the look and sturdiness to hold the large pom, I angled the hood pattern up to a point. I tried it on my head, and then I pinched the excess top of the hood together and sewed a triple stitch (3 dashed lines) down.
Then I just hand-stitched the big pom to the top. Hand-stitching is definitely not my forte, so if I can do it, you can too!
Tis the season!–for so much love, laughter, and gratitude!
Thanks, Seamingly Smitten, for making affordable, beautiful sewing patterns that encouraged this girl to take the plunge into the PDF pattern community!