Monday, 25 October 2010

Sew-Along Day 2: Construct the Hood

Welcome to day two of our little Sew-Along! In case you missed it, we are busy making Baby-in-the-Hood Jackets from Anna Maria Horner's newest book, Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby. Yesterday we transferred our pattern to paper and cut the fabric. You can catch up on that with my Sew-Along partner, Pocketful of Roses

Today we are constructing the hood and will cover steps 15-23. For this portion we need the hood pieces and the hood stripes. You should have four hood pieces, two in your outer fabric and two of the lining. There should be two hood stripe pieces, one in the lining and one in your contrasting fabric.
The first step is super simple. Sew the hood pieces to the hood stripes. Make sure that you have right sides together. I'm working with a brown corduroy, and some cotton quilters fabric. I find that since the cord has a bit of a stretch to it, a walking foot is helpful in keeping the fabrics from stretching and slipping all over the place. I'm not by any means a professional sewer. I'm mainly self taught, so take my advice with a grain of salt. It works for me, so maybe it will work for you too.

Once that is done, clip your curves (careful not to clip into the seam!), and press your seams. Fit the outer hood into the inner hood, making sure that right sides are together, like so:
Pin along the front of the hood, and sew along the front opening with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Then, turn it right side out and press it very well along the front seam. Now we will sew 5/8 in from the same edge to create a casing for the elastic.
Thread the elastic into the casing. I have this awesome handy hi-tech elastic threading tool. I call it a safety pin. Meet my friend.
Tack that elastic down at both ends and you are golden baby! All that is left to do is baste along the bottom of the hood. I just use the longest stitch length on my machine to baste it. And voi-la! Gorgeous finished hood!
Make sure to come back tomorrow for day three, when we are doing steps 24-31: constructing the main jacket. It's not too late to join in, pick up the book and some fabric and play a teensy bit of catch up!


  1. looks so cute already! what size does the jacket go to? just wondering if i should buy the book (it's not available at my library).

  2. The largest size is 18-24 months. So far this is the only pattern that I've used from this book, but pretty much everything in the book is on my to-sew list. I'd say it's worth the money, especially if you have little ones, will have more little ones, or plan on sewing for anyone elses little ones. Lol...I think that I said little ones too many times here.


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