Hey June Halifax Hoodie

Hey June Halifax Hoodie pattern review

It's #sewmystyle2018 reveal day! I loved making the Halifax Hoodie by Hey June...it was so quick and straightforward! The pattern comes with so many options and variations though I went with the simplest version you could possibly make and definitely have a new wardrobe staple ready for Autumn.

Hey June Halifax Hoodie pattern review

Fabric

I bought 2m of French terry from Girl Charlee in this solid wine colour in a sale earlier in the year (knowing that this pattern was coming up on the #sewmystyle2018 schedule). I got 30% off the usual £10 (ish) per metre so was very happy with that. It is the first time I have used this type of fabric and it did have a couple of surprises for me. When I washed it before sewing, the colour transferred somewhat; it's been decades since I have had something white go in the main wash and come out pink due to something red! It has made me wary of washing it again (I do everything together at 20 degrees with no problems normally). I also was sewing away happily, not finishing seams as I often do with knit fabrics. It was only by the time that I was nearly finished that I realised that the seams would need finishing as the fabric shed. It's much better to overlock these seams as you go but I did manage it at the end. This fabric has made the hoodie warm without being bulky which is a big bonus.

Hey June Halifax Hoodie pattern review

Pattern and Instructions

This is a real value for money pattern - you get at least 5 different variations with funnel neck, zips, twisted side seams and a high low hem. There are so many garments that you can create with this pattern. I had the downloadable pdf that has the instructions and pattern pieces all in one document - it helpfully tells you which pages to print or omit for each version too so you aren't printing unnecessarily. The instructions are also very clear with diagrams along the way (though I wouldn't use this as a first pattern with knits). I liked the construction of this pattern and felt that it was very straightforward. The trickiest parts come first - topstitching the hood seam and attaching the neckband. After that it's plain sailing, but then again, I did miss bits out!.....

Hey June Halifax Hoodie pattern review

Alterations

So, yes. I missed bits out. I left off the kangaroo pocket and the drawstrings of the hoodie. I also left out the neck placket and cut this as one uninterrupted front piece.
This was for two reasons - I have a lot of bulky hoodies and wanted something plain and simple that really would just do the basic job of keeping warm! I also very much was in need of something fast and easy to sew. This really did the trick on that front, only taking 3 hours in total. Next time I would also consider shortening the body - it's quite long! Although I often have to shorten legs, my torso isn't a problem and it's something to be wary of if you are looking for a more 'standard' length.

Hey June Halifax Hoodie pattern review

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Hi, I'm Laura. Welcome to my journeys with modern, feminine dressmaking; pattern reviews, tips and guides for beginners. I'm a lifelong foodie, so you'll also find some delicious recipes and places to get that foodie fix.
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