Hello! Release week has finally arrived. I couldn’t be more excited to share the Page Hoodie and Mini Page Hoodie patterns with you. Between pattern development and sample sewing, a good deal of work was put into sourcing fabrics and supplies that would result in professional looking finishes. Ready to get sewing? Read on for some favorite Page Hoodie sewing supplies and recommendations.
Before we get started, special thanks goes to pattern tester Rachel for allowing the use of her photos in this post. Don’t those smiles make your heart melt?
Fabric and Ribbing
Selecting fabrics for a hoodie can be intimidating and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Fleece, french terry, and jersey are all recommended fabrics for the Page. Your fabric choice may also depend on the desired view. View B (drawstring hem) works well in fabrics like jersey with a slightly lighter weight and drape, while view A is especially suited to fleece and french terry. Look for fabrics with 50-75% stretch. If your main fabric has less than 50% stretch or 90% recovery, a coordinating ribbing or jersey is recommended. Below I’ve included a list of fabric sources from the internet. This is in no way an exhaustive list. Instead, consider it a list of possibilities and inspiration.
- Like the ready-to-wear look of sweatshirt fleece and matching ribbing? Blackbird Fabrics has a good selection of bamboo & cotton fleece and matching 2×2 rib knit fabrics. Their olive and white micro stripe jersey knit would also make the perfect short sleeve view B for spring.
- Isee Fabric is another source of fabrics with matching ribbing. Find cotton french terry with matching cotton/spandex rib knit in a variety of colors on their site.
- Stonemountain Fabrics has a sizeable fleece section. Want to get extra cozy? Take a look at their selection of sherpa fleece.
- As always, Stylemaker Fabrics is stocked with a myriad of fleece and french terry options. In particular, check out their Cozy Eco Sweatshirt Fleece and this Mustard Layered Leaf Outline Sweatshirt Fleece.
- Terry Knits and Sweatshirt Fleece are in good supply at Harts Fabric. However, many of their printed jersey knits (like this Fierce Felines Knit) would make for a lighthearted adult Page or an awesome Mini Page Hoodie.
- If matching ribbing isn’t your thing and you’d prefer a fun contrast, Check out the Merchant & Mills Rib and Cuff Me precut options from Simplifi Fabric.
Drawstrings are an interchangeable detail that allow you to add a little personality to your Page Hoodie. Keep it simple by selecting a coordinating colored drawstring like one of these ⅜” cotton hoodie strings or go bold with some of these ¾” wide shoelace strings. A new to me source with several options is The Shoelace Factory with an assortment of flat and round shoelace options in various sizes. If your fabric is lighter weight, you could even try sewing a tube of self fabric to use as drawstrings. Cotton twill tape is another widely available option and often found in neutral colors at local sewing or craft stores.
Don’t want to stitch or tie off the ends of your drawstring? Here are a few fun ways to mimic the look of or create your own aglet:
- Tightly wrap embroidery thread around the ends for a small pop of color.
- Use heat-shrink tubing to finish off the ends. Ashley, one of the Page testers, was inspired to do this after seeing an IG post by Kylie and the Machine (this post).
- Michele was another Page Tester and used screw-on metal aglets to finish the ends of her drawstrings.
In the apparel sewing realm, the terms “grommet” and “eyelet” are sometimes used interchangeably. There are small differences between the two, but in this application either will produce a similar result. This eyelet kit from Wawak is what was used for the Page Hoodie samples.
Note: Before inserting your grommets/eyelets in your final project, practice inserting one on a scrap piece of fabric and make sure that your selected drawstring and a safety pin will fit through the hole.
When sewing the Page Hoodie, a small bit of interfacing is needed to stabilize the areas where buttonholes will be sewn or grommets will be attached at the hood and hem (view B only). A variety of fusible interfacings can be used for this task, but it’s worth mentioning my most used interfacing. This tricot fusible from Wawak is one that I use often and recommend for many of my patterns, using it both on knits and lightweight wovens.
Thanks for reading! I hope this has helped you in sourcing sewing supplies for your Page Hoodie and/or Mini Page Hoodie. Check out the Page and Mini Hoodie Pattern Release post for more related details or head to the Page Tester and Mini Page Tester round up posts (coming soon) for inspiration.