Monday, February 3, 2014

Crossover Hoodie Dress

If I were three, this is what I would want to wear every day.

It's made from a lightweight sweatshirt fleece.  It has a cozy lined hood.  The neckline is easy to pull on yet covered up due to a wide crossover coming together at an empire waist.  It's got fun  mixed prints (black and white owls with chevron accents in the hood lining, pocket lining, and cuffs--all from Girl Charlee), a splash of my (and my girl's) favorite color, purple (upcycled from a jersey sheet, trimming the pockets and cuffs)--and of COURSE it's got pockets!

After the initial wear, I did end up trimming the length a little bit to make sure it steers clear of her back bike tire.  She's not too disappointed despite her love of long dresses, so that's good.

Here's a closer look at the bodice:

It's hard for me to photograph details on a white garment--can you see what's happening here?
I love the way it came out so much!  I want to recreate it for myself in a different print.  I drafted the pattern after looking longingly at this tutorial for a similar little baby sweatshirt by Made by Me and Shared with You, which is way too small for both of my kiddos.

The hood (and crossover neckline) is lined in the same chevron as the cuffs, as I mentioned--here's how that looks:

I straightened out the hem a bit when I shortened it :)
She has been requesting this dress when it's not in the wash, so that's a good sign.  It is spending more time in the wash than I would like--I guess that's what you get when you make a 3-year-old a white dress!

How many more pictures?
The pocket is a detail I loved.  I had pinned the tutorial for this pocket from anu*miki ages ago and this seemed like the perfect dress to try it on.  The tutorial is in Dutch, but between Google Translate and the photos it was no problem to follow.

Side seam pockets with purple accent and chevron pocket lining
Since this dress has a little bit of all of the things that I and Little Sister love, it seemed like a good submission for Signature Style week on Project Run & Play.  I have been sewing, but it seems like it's been harder and harder to get my projects posted here lately.  So thanks for the inspiration and motivation, Project Run & Play!  I hope to join in for at least a few of the Project Sewn themes as well!

Hope to see you again soon, Blogland!


  1. So cute! Those are some cool pockets allright and I love that the neckline is nice and high to be cozy.

  2. I love the fabrics you used & how comfortable this outfit looks.

  3. I really love this! The owls are darling and I love the chevron paired with it, but I love the style of the dress so much!

  4. This turned out great. I have that owl fabric in pink waiting to ne used. So lovely - I really like those side pockets too!

  5. It looks so cozy! I love the owl print and know what you mean about white and a little one...I try to stay away from it but sometimes the fabric is just too cute!

  6. So so cute! I love the owls - and LOVE that style of pocket! It's on my list to try!

  7. Ahhhh I love this!! And she's so cute!!

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