With its boxy silhouette and slightly dropped shoulder, the Boxwood Hoodie is already a fairly unisex pattern. However, it’s shortened sleeves and cropped cut may not be what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at how we can add a bit of length, as well as a patch front pocket to this free pattern!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
The original Boxwood Hoodie doesn’t feature a separate waistband, but instead folds up several inches for a wide hem. To elongate this updated version of the hoodie, I simply cut the pattern to the same size and skipped the folded up hem.
Instead, I cut a front and back waistband to the same lengths as the front and back lower edge of the hoodie. For the width, I went with 5″ so that when folded in half and 1″ was lost to the half inch seam allowance used, I was left with a 2″ waistband along the bottom.
If using a rib knit for the waistband, you could also cut the bands slightly smaller than the main hoodie and gather the bottom edge of the garment into the waistband for a snugger fit.
For the pocket, it’s easiest to make an 8″x13.5″ rectangle first. Mark the center 8″ along the top edge as well as 4″ up from the bottom corners. Connect those marks to cut off the top corners. Add your preferred seam allowance and you have yourself a lovely front patch pocket!
Note: This size pocket was used for a 16/18 hoodie, right in the middle of our sizing. You may want to play around with some different widths if making a smaller or larger size garment.
What do you think about these pattern alterations; will you be giving them a try? Let me know in the comments below!