charcoal undercover hood

I took a break from Britex blogging while I was pregnant, but i couldn’t stay away for too long, because I want to sew with their fabric every chance I get!!  Fabric is my drug of choice.  During my break, they set up a bunch of partnerships with indie pattern designers, so for this project I not only got to sew with the softest fabric ever, I also got to try out a new-to-me pattern company, Papercut Patterns!  They’re based in New Zealand and their patterns are so cool – a very stylish approach to sportswear.

I chose to sew the Papercut Undercover Hood in Britex’s amazing charcoal Double Faced Rayon Knit.


The pattern is a slouchy, basic hooded sweatshirt with raglan sleeves.  I sewed a size small and the fit is great.  The sleeves and main hem are done with cuffs, so I actually sewed all but the pocket and hood topstitching on my serger.  It was a quick, simple sew and an easy-to-wear, comfy result!  The instructions are printed directly on the pattern itself rather than in a separate booklet, which was new for me but worked fine for such simple construction.

undercover hood in britex rayon knit

I’ve made plenty of raglan shirts for my kids but never had for myself, so it’s great to now have this pattern in my stash.  Papercut recently made an update to the pattern and it now also comes with options for a cropped length or crewneck-style neckline, which makes it even more versatile!  The ONE THING I would change is to overlap the hood at the neck just slightly as you attach it; it’s hard to get those ends to butt up perfectly and my stitches show a tiny bit.  Not bad though!

undercover hood in britex rayon knit

The fabric I chose for this project is a 53” wide double-faced rayon knit (currently on sale!), and here is the portion of the post where I wish you could reach out and touch it on screen, because it is some of the softest, most perfect fabric I’ve ever felt in my life (and I love the color!).  It’s a midweight nylon-rayon blend, so it has enough heft to sew up really easily, but it’s silky soft and has nice movement too.  Just be careful with your iron when you press it because of that nylon – test the heat on some scraps first!

I really love the slight sheen the fabric has.  It’s a fancy hoodie!  I want to live in it and never take it off.

undercover hood in britex rayon knit

I’m a bit upset I only had enough fabric to make this project, because I could imagine it as the perfect knit pencil skirt or go-to sheath dress.

undercover hood in britex rayon knit

For now I’ll just have to wear my new hoodie as much as I possibly can.  It’s a great layering piece for spring – it’s actually really warm!  Portland is cool in the mornings and evenings even into the summer months, so I know it will get plenty of wear layered with shorts, dresses, or skirts well into August.

undercover hood in britex rayon knit

Thank you to Britex and Papercut for providing me with the fabric and pattern for this project!  I love this hoodie!

You can see all my Britex projects here.



18 thoughts on “charcoal undercover hood

  1. rachel says:

    Could you be an cuter? I’m thinking of Chandler from Friends after I type that, but seriously – you are adorable. And your legs are so toned!! Haha. (But they are!). I love the hoodie. And the skirt. Super cute.

    • kristin says:

      haha thanks Rachel! i can’t take too much credit for the toned gams, that’s sort of in my genes. you should see them when i’m actually in shape. 😉

  2. girllikethesea says:

    Well aren’t you just adorable in your Oregonian hoodie and skirt. It looks really comfy. The fabric drapes beautifully!

  3. Kelly says:

    You are definitely the cutest. I want to come steal this from you, immediately. It looks so comfy and cute and professional! I’ve been eyeballing that pattern, but seriously I don’t think I need to sew anymore sweatshirts right now (I’m in process of blogging my 3rd Lane sweatshirt)…maybe in the fall though 😉

    • kristin says:

      HA! yeah it’s nice having the hood option. i’d like to try it with just a neckband, too. i want my next sweater-ish project to be french terry from mill end!

    • kristin says:

      RIGHT?! i have to go out of my way to wear dresses, but hoodies and tees and cardigans are daily wear items for me. we need more patterns like this.

  4. Sanae says:

    So cool!! I love fancy sweatshirts and yours looks so profesh. That’s a great color on you and the fabric sounds divine (must add to list once my fabric fast is over). And could you be any cuter?

  5. Brienne Moody says:

    cool, cool, Kristin! I just love the Papercut patterns. I just made the wrap top a week or so ago and I can’t get enough of it. Your hoodie looks comfy and not too slouchy. It’s a nice, modern cut.

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