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ITS Spotlight September: Jacqueline Hoodie + Sale & Giveaway!

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Two years ago, after the designer at Itch to Stitch had her sewing machine and photography equipment stolen, I connected with a couple of my online sewing friends and we decided that a blog tour in honor of Itch to Stitch was in order (called ITS Love). Last year we were back with ITS Time to Sew, and so it was a no brainer that a third year had to happen, dubbed: ITS Spotlight September!

Huge shout out to Crystal for all her hard work rounding up sponsors, writing all the html, and putting out constant reminders about how much time we had left before the tour started!

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So, what is ITS Spotlight September? This month we’re pulling out less popular patterns from the Itch to Stitch catalog and giving them some love! The rule was that no more than 2 bloggers could use the same pattern. With 24 bloggers on this tour, you’re bound to find a big variety of new loves! And there’s a **GIVEAWAY** and a **SALE**. So read on ;-).

Jacqueline Hoodie

I’ve had the Jacqueline Hoodie on my ITS wishlist forever and it truly blows my mind that I don’t see this pattern sewn up more frequently! This pattern was one of Itch to Stitch’s earliest releases, back in April 2015!

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About the pattern

The hoodie features an asymmetrical zipper, optional decorative buttons on the front, optional epaulets (the button tab things on the shoulder), a lined hood, optional inseam welt pockets, and clear instructions for blending sizes and adding/removing length. It runs in womens sizes from XXS = XL (31 1/8″ – 46″ bust).

About the fabric

I really wanted a black hoodie – and I knew this would be a pain to photograph, but sigh… I need black hoodies in my life, ESPECIALLY ones that utilize my pre-existing fabric stash. So, WIN.

Itch to Stitch Jacqueline Hoodie sewed by Auschick
Itch to Stitch Jacqueline Hoodie sewed by Auschick

This hoodie can be made from various knits, including interlock (which is super easy to find at your local big box fabric store). For mine though, I used black French Terry from Simply By Ti that I bought earlier in the year with the intention of making pants for my kids. Or maybe they were for me? French Terry, clearly, is a very versatile product.

I lined the hood with gorgeous black & white Melted Crayon from MK*Designs. Yes, you need this in your life!

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I went back and forth so many times on whether I should include the buttons at the front and on the shoulders. I had always been drawn to this detail, but I was striking out on finding enough buttons from JoAnn, and I was worried that it would look a bit out of style. In the end, since I also couldn’t get a long enough zipper from JoAnn, I ordered all my notions from Wawak, which worked out cheaper anyway (until I bought all the other things, that is…), and they arrived two days later (would have been next day had I got my order in an hour earlier). And since I was now the owner of twenty-four 7/8″ black buttons, I decided I would use them.

As it is, I love the black on black, and I hope you do too!

Pattern adjustments

For pattern adjustments, I added 2″ in length and followed the instructions for widening the pattern at the waist and hip. Because of the princess seams, the widening is done at the side seam rather than by blending the pattern sizes together. I sewed a size XXS with a XS waist.

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Construction

Generally, this pattern was a pretty straight forward sew, though I have sewn a lot of hoodies. There were a couple of construction curve balls though — where I ignored the instructions because “I know how to make a hoodie” and had to then unpick because a critical step had been missed. One such step to watch is the zipper extension – each one is constructed differently – the first one just gets finished and top stitched, while the second one has the zipper added into its seam. So, unless you want to do a whole bunch of seam ripping… follow the instructions ;-).

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I also discovered (after I had begun sewing) that my zipper was too short for my zipper opening. But my zipper extension was the perfect size. What to do, what to do? In the end up decided that my opening must have got stretched out, so I made a row of basting stitches and pulled the thread to cinch up the fabric just a little bit. Bam! Problem solved.

SALE!

Today only, get 25% OFF the Itch to Stitch patterns featured in our Wednesday blog posts! The code 918itsblogtour25 works on the following patterns: North Point, Sirena, La Paz, Jacqueline, Mountain View, Paulina. Yay!

Blog Tour Continues…

Get more inspiration and sale deals with these amazing bloggers:

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Giveaway

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Rafflecopter begins Monday September 16th and will close at 11:59pm ET Sunday, September 22nd. 2 winners (1 per prize package) will be drawn and announced Monday, September 23rd.


Disclosure: I received one complimentary pattern from Itch to Stitch in exchange for promotion in this tour. 

26 thoughts on “ITS Spotlight September: Jacqueline Hoodie + Sale & Giveaway!”

  1. This hoodie is amazing. The pop of fabric at the hood is stunning. And you were brave enough to sew ALL the buttons!!! This hoodie was my first pattern test for ITS…a long time ago actually!

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