Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Toddler Hoods, Pattern, and Giveaway

With it falling into the very low 50's at night around here and staying pretty chilly throughout the day I have been getting back into my make-hood mode so my babies are warm enough at our fall events. So, that is what I've been doing the past few days!

I loved the opera hood from the website but thought that it wouldn't work the best for the boys since it was so roomy and there was too much area for wind passage around their little heads. I decided to make a jumble of all my favorite practical features from a few different original hoods (including the shape of the curtain from the hood) and came up with a pattern that I am very happy with for the little ones!

Both boys hoods are made of an outer layer of wool, and inner layer of cotton (I didn't really feel like using silk for the inside of theirs - I know it will get filthy!) and an in-between layer of heavy wool. I didn't use wool batting because it was too puffy for me and I had a bunch of heavy sky-blue wool someone gave us that I had no use for. It worked perfectly as an insulating layer. I know these hoods are warm, because after having them on the boys for a few minutes I took them off and inside the hood was very warm from their trapped body heat. Yay!
I made Judah's of brown and blue and white plaid wool with brown lining, and Davids of the same red wool I used for trimming his dress, with yellow lining. I quilted the front half of the brim on the machine to give the edge a little stability and for decorative interest.
So - a few scraps of material, a few hours, and there ya go. A practical, useful accessory for chilly autumnal temperatures for the little ones! For anyone who wants to make their own, I scanned the pattern I drew out. These pattern pieces fit on a sheet of computer paper, so just print full size.
Then today I wanted to see what this hood would look like made in an adult sized version so I sized up the pattern a bit and made a ladies hood in the same style. And, I am offering the finished hood as my first bloggy giveaway! Below are the links to the pattern peices (just tape together along squiggly lines for the brim and curtain pieces, they are labeled A and B).

I have wanted to do a giveaway for so long, but had a difficult time thinking of something to make that anyone would like. Sure, I knew what *I* liked but it seems most other giveaways have to do with something cute and crafty or vintagey like aprons. I just have no talent in those areas. But, at last, I am taking the plunge. To enter the drawing leave a comment in the comment box (for those of you who do not have google accounts to sign into blogger with, email me at david_sarahmeister @ mchsi . com (omit spaces) to let me know you would like to be entered) and a random winner will be selected on Sep. 30th in honor of David and my 3rd wedding anniversary! :)

The hood is made from a cranberry-plum wool, lined with the silk I made my silk dress from earlier this year, and has an inner layer of wool flannel which is quilted to the silk in the brim. The ties are of the same silk.

All for today! Must go think about what to make for supper time. Spaghetti and the yummy eggplant dish from Tilly's blog sounds pretty good. . .




  1. I'd like to be entered!! Thanks :D

  2. That hood is cool and unique. I'd love to rock one this winter!

  3. Oooh, I love them! I was already thinking "Jenny has to have one of those!!" When you mentioned the pattern was available...and then I saw the Mommy sized on and well... I love that too! So please enter me. :) I hope you like the eggplant mom did another version with just egg plant and yellow summer squash, parm. cheese, and spaghetti sauce...I like the cheesy version better, but it was still pretty good!

  4. very nice hood! Perfect for winters here in Maine! Love the design...

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

    and congrats on your upcoming 3rd anniversary!

  5. Very pretty, would be a great addition to my winter wardrobe as winters get quite chilly in the Buckeye State!!!

    Congrats on your anniversary and your little one to be!

    Mary Beth

  6. Me too! Me too! I'd love to be entered in the hood drawing! Thanks so much!

  7. I think they all are very beautiful! I would love to be entered. Thanks alot.
    Faith G.

  8. I'd like to be entered too. Excellent job as usual on the hoods.

  9. Ooh, I'd love that hood. I really like the colors and I hate the wind on my head!

  10. Very nice! I love the hoods. I promise I will be getting a letter off to you soon :-)God Bless you friend! :-)


  11. I like your hood. No need to put my name in the drawing though, it rarely gets cold enough at deep south events to need a hood!

  12. Oh, the hoods are lovely! Do enter me in the drawing!


  13. Beautiful, lovely hood. Please put me in the drawing as well. I just love reading your blog - I always learn something new!


  14. I'd love to be entered into the giveaway. The hoods are lovely. Thank you for sharing!

    Jessica Craig

  15. I love your blog, especially the music in the background. Please enter me in the drawing for the hood.It's lovely!


  16. Sarah,
    I love your blog. Happy Anniversary to you and David. If it isn't too late, please enter me for the giveaway. God bless you...


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