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Striped Undercover Hood

Striped Undercover Hood

Guys, I love the Undercover Hood pattern. As-is, the pattern is gorgeous and comfortable, but did you realize how versatile it is? Seriously! I'm officially dubbing this Undercover Hood Series, and I'll be sharing a couple simple hacks with y'all so you can see how easy it is to make this pattern look TOTALLY different.

First, though, I wanted to sew it up just like the pattern was written. I used a soft, drapey cotton knit, being careful to match up my stripes.

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I guess I should also point out that I sewed this entire thing on my sewing machine - not my overlocker. I've gotta be honest with you guys: I've never actually sewn knits, like from start to finish, on a sewing machine. I've seriously always had an overlocker since the beginning of my knit career. Since we are talking about knits the past couple of weeks, and everyone always has questions on sewing knits on a regular sewing machine, I figured I'd be kind of a hypocrite if I didn't try it out myself. So here it is! Sewing knits for the overlocker-less!

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This was probably one of the worst fabrics to use for a sewing machine, since it's so thin and fluid and drapey, but I had no issues. I used a ballpoint needle, a regular zigzag stitch and pressed each seam as I went (they liked to pucker, but pressing smoothed everything out). The blue at the neckline is the mock-overlock stitch that comes with many modern sewing machines- I was afraid the raw edge would be visible when I was wearing the hoodie. Spoiler alert: It's not. Oh well, I like my mock-overlock!

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To get a crisp edge on the pocket, I used Stitch Witchery on all the edges and sewed them down with a twin needle. The pocket is a bit too floppy to keep anything heavier than my phone in it, but it is nice for warming one's hands ;)

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If you're sewing this with a regular sewing machine, make sure you line the hood since the center seam will otherwise be visible (this is included in the pattern instructions, fyi). You don't have to topstitch the edge, but I like my twin needle aaaand well, you know how that goes.

So there you have it! A knit garment, made up in a tricky fabric, sewn on a standard sewing machine. The things I do for you guys ;)

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