Ladies hooded sweatshirt project for Sewing World magazine.

Last month my ladies hooded sweatshirt project was published in Sewing World magazine. Though we have been enjoying a lovely warm start to the Autumn I’m sure colder weather won’t be far away! This is a lovely easy make and so comfy to wear. Perfect to keep you cosy in cooler weather.



Since submitting this project (which is usually a few months ahead of the publishing date) I have started selling fabric. Sweatshirts are great fun to make and super practical additions to your wardrobe. With that in mind I now stock a variety of fabrics that would be perfect for this project and also for many other projects.


Plush fabrics are on trend right now in all areas of clothing. This stretch velvet is 80% cotton 20% polyester and super soft, it would make a great luxe version of this top. There is a good choice of colours now in stock.


Matching cotton/elastane rib is also available for the cuffs and hem band.

pima red pink

You could add your own twist by lining the hood in a woven print. How about this Liberty style Pima cotton  print.

grey group

This selection of grey marl brushed back sweatshirt fabrics have a high cotton content and soft handle. They would make a fun version of this top.


Finish with black or self colour rib.

petrol sweat shirt

Or how about cheering up your casual wear with petrol blue cotton brushed sweatshirt with matching cuff and hem band ribs.

orange flower twist

Adding a bright print to the hood lining for that designer detail!

As always I am happy to help you make the project at one of my bring your own project sessions. Back issues of the magazine are available from Sewing World if you would like to get hold of a copy of the pattern.

I love to hear how you get on with any of my projects feel free to send me pics or post direct to my Facebook page.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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