The Dress Up Hoodie

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I had a chance to sew up the Dress Up Hoodie from Mouse House Creations. This is such a perfect idea! I’m a last minute kind of person #noshame and this quick sew gives some amazing bang for the amount of time it takes to make!

The hoodie is a basic raglan style hoodie, with optional kangaroo pocket, and then the options are almost endless for what you can create! The pattern includes pieces and tutorials for making a dinosaur, horse, unicorn, rabbit, shark, cat, mouse, deer, bat, butterfly, owl, and bird. But with this base, you can use your imagination to transform it into almost any animal! The hood has options to add ears. There are pattern pieces for a divided sleeve if you want to add something down the arm, the back pattern piece has an optional seam also.

I received this green french terry from Simply by Ti, and knew it was going to be the perfect fabric for this project. I don’t know why I though a green cat was correct, but it was right in my head, and I went with it. My daughter is the crazy cat lady already. And she loves green, so this was perfect. This is cotton spandex french terry, which is my favorite. I love the drape of rayon or poly french terry, but they usually pill so much more easily, and aren’t as durable.

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I left off the whiskers, which you can sew in-between the hood and hood lining, since this was going to be more of an everyday wear, rather than a dress- up piece, and I used a tutorial from another blog to add the thumbhole cuffs. I printed off the cuff for the dress-up hoodie pattern, and cut the thumbhole cuff pattern piece that matched the width of the dress up hoodie cuff. Then I cut the thumbhole cuff in half, adding seam allowance, to sew in the claws, which I just free hand cut from felt. I under stitched just where the claws are, to make sure they stay in place. I think it’s such a fun addition that my daughter loves!

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You can get this pattern for $8.50 on sale through Halloween. Regular price will be $10.50. These really are a quick sew, and my daughter actually wore it for our first trick or treat outing last night!

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Last minute moms can still come through 🙂

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Dress Up Hoodie

Fabric sources:

Mint French terry: Simply by Ti

Hood lining: Jersey from deep in my stash

Pink lining on ears: Cotton lycra from Needle Nook