I know it’s only Fall, but the mornings get pretty cold ’round here! Especially for a certain 4-year old who loves staying warm and snug like a bear. Ahem.
So what does Mommy do? She scours around for some cuddly knit to go with a plush organic sherpa she has on hand to sew up a deliciously cozy hoodie for her sweet Bambina.
Ok. Being über soft and cozy maybe the nice part about the hoodie; but what’s the most fun part? It’s completely Reversible!
And what is this clever pattern, you ask? It’s the Ole! Another feather in the Belgian cap!
The Ole cardigan is probably the most chic of all the ‘hoodie’ patterns out there and gives you plenty of options to customize. Though the original pattern offers buttons/snaps closure, they have a free tutorial for the zipper, albeit in Dutch.
Thankfully for Google Translate, I was able to (quite successfully) modify the pattern to include the zipper. I would have certainly liked to have buttons/ snaps instead, but these fabrics are SO thick that sewing buttonholes would have been a nightmare!
At first, I was pretty sad that I wouldn’t be able to make a reversible Ole because I was using the zipper. So imagine my joy when I came across this cool reversible zipper in Joann’s! I was really hoping that it would work , and luckily, it did!
This is such a well-constructed pattern – how amazing it is to wear a garment inside out and have no seams showing! Kudos to Zonen 09!
Since I was sewing with fabrics that were way thicker than the suggested ones, I sized up to 5 for this hoodie. My girl is usually a 2T in size and 4/5 in length.
Glad I did, because this cardigan is more of a close-fitting style. Now we have just enough room for long sleeves underneath.
Speaking of sleeves, this cuff is a really nice ribbing from Lillestoff. It’s probably the first non-solid color ribbing I have used!
And that picture must have also let you have a closer look at that beautiful quilted sweatshirt knit in Bordeaux – yes, it’s just as soft as it looks! It’s unbelievably soft and lovely! I bought it from Loiseau fabrics; it’s the first time I have ordered from them, but I am impressed!
The ‘inside’ fabric is an organic sherpa by Michael Miller. I won it in a contest on Kid’s Clothes Week last year! 😀
I read a lot of reviews on this fabric that said it shrinks a lot. I didn’t quite experience this, maybe because I dried it flat instead of in the dryer? Whatever it is, the sherpa combined with the quilted knit makes for a truly warm and cozy hoodie, one that my cherub absolutely loves!
I really want to make another reversible Ole, with buttons. It’s a project that leaves you feeling very satisfied; maybe because it’s used every other day and you know it is keeping your child snug and comfortable.
Almost like wearing mommy’s hug 🙂