The Emil Hoodie by Zierstoff is a fun sewing project for little ones and fairly quick and easy to sew. I’d say it’s a sewing project suitable for advanced beginners (you should be familiar with sewing bias tape though since there is A LOT of it!).
NOTE: I am not affiliated with Zierstoff and I have not been compensated in any way to write this review. I purchased the pattern and wrote my review based on my own experience with the sewing pattern. All opinions are my own.
About this Sewing Project
I’m already working on my new summer wardrobe BUT I had to share this adorable sewing project – the Emil Hoodie by Zierstoff – before spring hits and it’s getting too hot outside. Obviously, I didn’t sew this one for myself but my friends’ kid Joaquin. He’s been wearing it almost every day for the past two months as it’s super comfy and cuddly.
Sewing Pattern & Instructions for the Emil Hoodie
Let’s talk about the sewing pattern, shall we? This PDF pattern (not sure if there is a printed version available!) includes 8 different sizes (6 months to 5 years) and the ebook comes with step-by-step instructions and lots of (coloured) pictures. Just so you know, there are two more versions of the Emil Hoodie available, one for kids aged 5-12 years and one for teens & women. The hoodie pictured above is a European size 86 (24 months).
There are plenty of possibilities to customise this hoodie and make it your own (e.g., use contrasting fabric for the upper/lower part, add slit sleeves/ pouch pocket etc.). Snaps or buttons are recommend for the upper part of the hoodie and the rough edges are finished with bias tape. As you can see in the picture, I made a few changes to the original pattern. I didn’t add the snaps/buttons as Joaquin is wearing it on top of a sweater anyway (and, to be completely honest, I liked it better without the snaps/buttons so he had no choice!). Also, I didn’t add the slit sleeves but replaced them with knit cuffs (it’s more cosy!). I simply used the cuff pattern from the Louis Hoodie. Alternatively, you could calculate the cuff size as follows: size of sleeve x 0.7 OR 0.8 for less stretchy materials. Don’t worry, it’s simple and no big deal.
Fabric for the Emil Hoodie
For the fabric, I used a combination of blue fleece (main fabric) and coloured jersey (lining), as well as mustard yellow knit and bias tape. You could also make a jacket instead of a hoodie by simply replacing the fleece with softshell fabric.
Final Thoughts on the Emil Hoodie
Would I recommend this pattern? Yes, absolutely. The Emil Hoodie by Zierstoff is a fun sewing project for little ones and fairly quick and easy to sew. I’d say it’s a sewing project suitable for advanced beginners (you should be familiar with sewing bias tape though since there is A LOT of it!). I ABSOLUTELY adore the lined pointed hood (it looks super cute!)?! Happy Sewing!
More Sewing Inspiration
If you love the Emil Hoodie by Zierstoff, you might also like the Louis Hoodie by ki-ba-doo.
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