I have a tween sewing project- for boys! This is my Hangout Hoodie for the November Flip This Pattern series at Francis Suzanne’s.
Meet my nephew Julian, Sofie’s oldest brother. He is modeling his Hangout Hoodie at the basketball court today. (I love his freckles. They are just right.)
So here’s the thing. Julian is 6 years old. A tween is defined as age 9-15, and tween sewing is considered bigger than a child’s size 8, but not yet an adult size.
This kid wears an 8 or 10 already. This hoodie is a size 12. I don’t know what we fed our kids when they were babies, but they’re enormous. Our kids look like they are one of your kids for breakfast. It’s not even normal. So I decided Julian is a tween; and he couldn’t be more excited. (He thinks he needs a cell phone now. Sheesh.)
I think from now on I’ll line the hood when I use this pattern.
Another reason why I’m classifying this as tween sewing: Julian is fashion conscience and super picky. He’s not going to be caught dead in anything less than hip. I’ve got a lot of tween sewing coming up, and I have lots of tips and help for you if your little booger is getting to that age.
“Tween” is all of those things.
In the meantime; I’d love you to check out Tween Fashion Sewing, and shoot me an email if you’d like to contribute to this Pinterest board! We tween sewists need each other. It’s a whole new ball game sewing for bigger kids.
I used Girl Charlee fabric for Julian’s hangout hoodie. No freaking way did I tell him the fabric came from there, or he would’ve yanked it off and never wore it again. Only because of the word girl. That will change when his age catches up to his size :)
I didn’t have much of the fabric, but it’s super soft and stretchy. It shrank quite a bit when I washed it. Sometimes knits do that.
For the flip, I added a super top secret zipper pocket. I used an exposed zipper, which sort of negates the whole “top secret” thing. Not to mention, I didn’t have enough fabric left to put match the stripes. Or enough to put it on grain! (Measure your fabric before you pre wash.)
But I love the way it turned out, and so does Julian. And I’m sticking with “top secret zipper pocket”, because it gave me sewing cred to this kid. He thinks I can make parachutes and crap. So. I’m going with it.
I have a review of the Hangout Hoodie pattern if you’re interested in making one of these for your brat. Catch ya next time!