In a world where the line between athleisure and haute couture blurs, the backless hoodie stands as a testament to our yearning for innovative sartorial expression. This redux gives us a look back at The Boxwood Hoodie, giving Y2K a dazzling, modern-day look. Born out of a desire to push the boundaries of conventional fashion, this daring piece merges functionality with show-stopping aesthetics. In this redux, the traditional hoodie is reimagined, infusing a backless design to create a unique wow-factor.
Constructed out of Glitter Nylon Knit Jersey, this fabric shimmers with a subtle sparkle, adding an edge of glamour to this design. It is perfect for those who crave a blend of comfort and eye-catching style.
- Download our Boxwood Hoodie pattern and print out only pages 1-19, 23-25, and 29-31. For this project, I cut out a size 4/6 and accounted ½” seam allowance for all pattern pieces.
- To make the hood adjustment, measure 5 ½” from the fold line at the front and mark an indication from this point to the back of the hood that will be gathered with a basting stitch.
How to make the front bodice:
- Lower the shoulder height by 1 ½” and reduce the width to 3”.
- Bring in the armhole by 3 ½”.
- Bring in the width of the side seam by 2 ¾”.
- The height of the side seam should be 10 ½”.
- The width of the bottom will be 8 ¼”.
- Trim the front neckline to the measurement of a size 0/2.
How to make the back and back neckline:
- Bring down the height of the shoulder by 1 ½”.
- Measure 2 ¼” for the width of the neckline.
- For the back pattern piece at the bottom, convert center back into a side seam measuring 10 ½” in length and ½” in width at the top.
- Use a small piece of paper to add an extension of 1 ¾” to the end of the opposite side seam with 2 ½” in height. The total width at the bottom is 13″.
- Use a French ruler to curve out a line connecting the point at the bottom to the point at the top.
How to draft the pouch pocket:
- Make 2 vertical lines measuring 11 ½” for the bottom and 5 ¾” for the top. Leave a space between the top and bottom of 7 ¼”.
- Measure 3” upward from the corners at the bottom.
- Connect these points to the top with diagonal lines measuring 5”.
This pocket draft was created for a size 4/6. If you are sewing a different size, you will need to alter the length and width.
How to sew this project:
- Sew the pouch pocket first onto the front bodice.
- Sew both sides of the back neckline onto the shoulders of the bodice.
- Sew the lower back pieces onto the side seams of the front bodice, then wrap around the back and sew the ends onto the opposing side seams.
- Gather the back side of the hood, then sew around the neckline.
- Cut out 2 long strips of fabric on the bias to create 1 longer bias binding and sew across the raw edges of the back.
- Cut out a smaller strip of bias binding for the raw edges on the neckline.
- Fold over ½” twice at the bottom to finish sewing the hem.