While the Antipodeans are slowly recovering from the chill of winter, those in the northern hemisphere are preparing for the cooler months, and probably planning some cosy sewing to battle the cold. Perfect timing for a pattern roundup of transitional layering pieces like hoodies and sweaters, and we might throw in a couple of what Aussies refer to as 'trakky daks' – track pants!
Originally this post was going to cover all kinds of outerwear, but as I searched for patterns I found far more anoraks and ski suits than I realised existed! Consequently I've split the post into two, so keep an eye out for a post coming up with a roundup of outdoorsy sewing patterns.
Now let's get into the roundup! There's a tonne of patterns for sweaters and fleecy hoods out there, so I've just chosen a few to showcase here, mostly because they feature a unique detail or some funky styling.
We can always depend on Fehr Trade for the perfect pattern, and in this case I'll mention the Tesselate Hoodie, Surf to Summit top and her new – free! - Arm Sleeves pattern.
Easy thumb cuffs and a hood transform the Tesselate Tee into a cosy coverup for your winter run, and the Surf to Summit top (available in Men's sizing's too) includes built-in sleeve mitts and a high collar.
The Arm Sleeves pattern is exactly that – a simple pattern for an easy-to-remove armwarmer. Also, let's not forget the Sew Your Own Activewear book which covers instructions for a jacket using the included sloper pattern.
Greenstyle Patterns' Sundance Jacket has been on my want list for a loooong time! With a classy bustle-esque feature at the back, I think it is one of the most interesting active-outerwear patterns on the market.
The One-Button Cardigan, the Pacific Pullover and the Midway Bomber are also good cool-weather options. If you're looking for a more lightweight coverup, there's the Open-Back pullover, or the relaxed-fit Studio to Street Top (which also has a nifty hood add-on.)
Style Arc comes through with the goods once again! Two zip-up hoodie jackets (Sharon and Sunday), the more casual Maggie jacket; and the Steffi jacket's interesting panelling and curved hem would lend itself well to a cycling top.
More good news from StyleArc: multi-sized patterns now available!
Of course Jalie has more than a few patterns in this genre! There's the Alex half-zip, the Frederic hoodie, a basic hooded jacket and a versatile pullover.
There's also a couple of jogging suits in the Out-of-print section – a little dated, but that 80's style is trending lately!
Hey June Handmade's Halifax Hoodie is a staple in any sewist's pattern library. There's also the Lane Raglan with hood and thumbcuffs and I really like the asymmetrical front of the Tallin Sweater.
Sewaholic's Seymour Jacket is a short sleeve throw-over with drawstrings and button front.
Unicose has a whole section of jogging suits! Although there's literally hundreds of patterns, (many of which are the same basic shape, especially in the men's pattern designs) these are the ones that caught my eye at first round:
- This Women's cropped loose sweater top and jogger pant;
- A Women's zip-front jacket and yoga pant with zipper pockets;
- Here's a classic men's zip-front jacket with sleeve panelling and basic track pants;
- And a Boy's panelled tracksuit with stitching detail.
Some others worth mentioning are a maternity tracksuit, a skinny-leg jogger pant, and these two jackets have interesting hood and collar details. And, How could I not mention this adorable baby tracksuit?
I luuuuuhve this Lisse hoodie from New Horizons. Okay, I admit I am a fan of this designer, so I'm gonna drop the Elevation Sweater and the Summit Peak Hoodie here too!
The Jasper Sweater from Paprika Patterns has princess seams and a rounded v-neck collar and hood. Also can be made into a sweater dress! Available in French and English.
Scroop Patterns Otari Hoodie has an adorable pointy hood and some unique kangaroo pocket shaping. I love their sample made up in stripy fabric with the pocket cut on the bias!
Blueprints for Sewing's Geodesic sweater is a patchwork dream! Make it full-length or cropped and bust that pile of scraps in your stash.
Blank Slate Patterns' Zinnia jacket features a sweet rounded pocket opening – perfect for some fold-over elastic!
The expert drafting of Ellie and Mac's Around the Block hoodie lines up each sleeve with the diagonal bodice seaming. Another great scrap-buster!
This FREE pattern from Sew Much Ado features banded raglan sleeves and a cosy cowl neck.
Sinclair Patterns Skylar raglan hoodie has several collar and hood variations, and the princess seams will give you a nice fitted look.
Made By Runi's Monster Raglan With a Twist takes princess seams to the next level with some fantastic colour blocking opportunities. Available in English and Swedish!
Petite Stitchery's Rose Pullover is a fun colour-blocking opportunity, and is also available in a girls-and-women's bundle.
Update Feb 2019: I've only just stumbled across Sofiona Designs, but the Bonfire Hoodie has a lots of details like piping, drawstring, thumb cuffs and a nifty hidden kangaroo pocket! This pattern is also available in a bundle combined with girl's sizing.
If you haven't visited Mood Fabrics' Free Pattern library, you need to rectify that right now!
There's bucketloads of patterns available for download, and it was tough to choose only a couple of patterns to mention here.
The Bixa Sweatshirt; The Gordonia Hoodie; The Hawthorne Jacket.
Special mention also to the Galatea Cosplay pattern, which is awesome, but also a totally viable activewear jacket pattern!
It's time to talk about the “Big 4” commercial pattern companies!
McCall's is a reliable source of activewear patterns these days, and I had no trouble finding several options in the 'outerwear' department. As usual, McCalls add value to their patterns with multiple styles included in the envelope.
M7482: assymetrical zipper hoodie
M7446: swing-shaped loose jacket with handkerchief hem (currently out-of-print, but available as download
M5252: basic fleecy pullover with full or half-zip in both men's and women's sizes
M7874: curved hem and detailed seaming make this more than just a sweater
Honorable mentions to: M7986, M7637, M7511, M7100, M6614
(Seriously though.... The 80's want their sweater back)
Butterick Patterns offered a couple of classic options.
B6496 has a variety of panel and seaming options
B6600: I included this for the cosy zipfront jacket, but personally I'm quite keen on the very comfy-looking pantsuit included in this pattern!
B6533: this Connie Crawford zipper jacket includes a jogger-style pant pattern as well.
Kwik Sew had some nice basic patterns.
K4219: zip jacket with gather detail on the princess seams
K4194: zip-front vest or hooded jacket
K4032: classic fleece jacket in both men's and women's sizes
K3813: this half-zip vest or jacket has a handy chest pocket
Simplicity didn't disappoint, either.
S8702: The inimitable Mimi G brings her unique style to the Simplicity brand with this tracksuit jacket and pants.
S8704: a versatile long-sleeve top with variations to suit cycling, running, or gym.
Pattern research was an excellent excuse for a thorough trawl through the new BurdaStyle website! It seems like they are still working on getting some images uploaded, but I did find several patterns to share here.
This hoodie has a fun two-zip detail on the generous collar. The retro diagonal seaming on this pullover would make great stashbusters!
Add some sparkle to your workout with sequins like this raglan sweater - or just make it up in fleece with pocket and hood for a more sporty look!
A classic tracksuit pant using wide elastic for the waistband, or these jogger pant featuring zipped pockets or a classic trakky dak with an ankle zip feature.
I'd switch the ruffles for piping on this pullover, and I'd make these trousers in a poly stretch woven for a crisp outdoor trouser.
the curved hem on this zipped jacket gives it a bit of pzazz.
Dropped shoulder and sleeve tucks turn a basic sweater into something a bit more interesting.
Bonus mention to the aptly-named “Miscellaneous Pullover”.
Are you planning to sew any transitional pieces for spring or autumn? What's your favourite hoodie pattern? I'd love to hear your thoughts – please leave a comment below!