It’s Halifax Holiday Party time! Some sewing friends (Heather, Sara, Lara & Sara) and I joined up for a fun little party where we each ended up with a Halifax Hoodie when it was all said and done! I’ll link to each of their posts at the end, so please go visit them to see their party Halifax Hoodie’s too.
This impromptu party started when we were talking about doing a sew along, and Sara of Radiant Home Studio mentioned she had a Halifax Hoodie in her sewing queue. Well, the rest of us immediately saw a very good excuse to get another Halifax Hoodie in our wardrobes and we were off.
I ran into a slight problem when I stared going through my fabric stash to choose fabric for my newest Halifax Hoodie. So I chose 4 different options and posted a picture on Instagram for my followers to help me decide. (Follow us on Instagram too so we can get your input on these import kind of decision making things!)
As I was collecting votes from my followers, I made the mistake of asking Allegra which fabric I should use, and she immediately claimed some of the fabric and requested a Halifax Hoodie of her own!!! Well now, I guess the bright side is that she narrowed down my choices for me…
For Allegra’s Halifax Hoodie, I used floral french terry fabric from Peekaboo Pattern Shop and this black french terry from CaliFabrics. They are both such soft and comfortable fabrics! I will definitely be ordering more of this black french terry. It’s midweight, so stable enough to work with easily, and yet has amazing drape. Just look a the drape of the cowl! I would probably order more of the floral french terry fabric too, but it’s sold out in the black color way. However, it can be found in blue and olive, which are very lovely too!
Allegra requested view E from the Halifax Hoodie pattern, which is the version with the cowl, twisted side seams and a high-low hem. I graded from a size L to an XL at the hem, and Allegra says the fit is divine…as if it was custom made for her!
I had ordered chocolate brown French Terry fabric with view C of the Halifax Hoodie in mind. Since I wear my black Halifax Hoodie ALL THE TIME, I knew a brown one would also work very well in my closet, and I could give my black one a rest a couple days of the week!
Here’s a tip I posted on Instagram that I discovered when I couldn’t find chocolate brown twill tape for the insides of the zipper; use grosgrain ribbon instead! And after I discovered this little hack and how good it looked, I used the ribbon on the inside of the hood and to finish the neckband inside too. It’s so delightful to have this professional and pretty finish on the inside!
When Annie saw I had used the floral French Terry fabric on Allegra’s Halifax Hoodie, she got sort of quiet and teary eyed. That was when I remembered she had originally helped me choose the fabric with a hoodie for HER in mind! So how could I resist? I had enough fabric left, and Hey June Patterns has the kid’s version of the Halifax in the Hatteras Hoodie.
Annie also had a very specific look she wanted; pullover, not zip up, with a hood and a pocket. Luckily, that’s exactly what View A is! It was my 1st time making view A (which is also view A on the Halifax Hoodie) but with the great detailed instructions, that split neck came out perfectly. I made Annie a size 9 and added 1 inch to the length of the sleeves.
Alright now, go check out Heather of Heather Handmade whose view B Halifax Hoodie I WILL be copying!
And you don’t want to miss view D by Handmade By Lara Liz which I have the exact fabric, so I’ll be copying her too!
Sara of Radiant Home Studio ended up with a perfect View D in Aria’s favorite color, so I guess I’ll be making one of those too!
And Sara of Made By Sara has made a gorgeous Halifax which, let’s be honest, I’ll probably be copying her’s too! SO stay tuned for quite a few more Halifax Hoodies in the future!
And now we’re all inviting you to sew a Halifax Hoodie for yourself in time for the holidays too! Just sew one up and share it with us using the hashtag #halifaxholidayparty on Instagram or contact us and show us your new, cozy Halifax Hoodie!
P.S. Have you been eyeing Annie’s hat? Stay tuned for a surprise about that Friday!
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