The more I sew clothes for my cohorts, the more specific their requests. Alex wanted a zippered, hooded sweatshirt with pockets attached so they didn't flop around, and NO drawstring. Well, yay, this pattern fit the bill.
The sweatshirt is Ottobre 3-2005-29. I bought this old magazine issue because it actually has a few men's garments. This particular pattern comes in both children's and men's sizes.
Alex also likes the higher, but not tight, neckline since it's warm and cozy. The hood is lined with black jersey.
I added some extra orange reverse-coverstitch topstitching which coordinated somewhat with my rust zipper. My stash is happy to have rid itself of this ridiculous two-way zipper. It was so long, I had to cut about 2 feet off. No, sewing a rust-colored sleeping bag is not in my future.
Now, did I really say sewing welt pockets (in polar fleece, no less) was easy? Precision sewing in fluff when you can't see your needle wasn't the easy part, but this clever pocket design made the welt easy:
See those vertical dotted lines on the pattern piece? Those are pleat (or fold) lines.
Here is the procedure in steps:
1. (not shown) After marking the rectangle, place the pocket piece right sides together with the garment. Stitch the rectangle. Slash and clip to the corners. Turn to the inside and press unless you have polyester fleece. [Normal welt procedure.]
2. Pleat or fold the pocket piece over so it just covers the rectangular opening.
I haven't done any topstitching here yet, but that sure formed a great welt!
And lastly, since I didn't want to risk melting my fabric, I "interfaced" my zipper facing with some strips of woven fabric. I serged the long raw edge and serged the other edge to the wrong side of the fabric.