Scroop Patterns Otari and Fantail

Scroop Patterns are local to me and I’ve been eyeing them up for a while. These are the first Scroop patterns I’ve made and I love them. I am so happy these two are in my collection. Both have had a lot of wear since I finished them. It’s taken me a long while to take photos of these since I really wanted to go to Otari Wilton’s Bush in Wellington. It just hasn’t happened, so you’ll have to put up with Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, when I went up for work the other week. Parts of this park are like the bush, but much of it is very much more manicured. It was also very hot and muggy and wearing a hoodie was the last thing I wanted to do! There’s also a couple taken on our deck worn with the matching dress – too matchy matchy? Pfft, I don’t care! 🙂

Otari Hoodie
First up, the hoodie. I actually made this just over a year ago. Leimomi ran a Sew Along at the end of 2018, I had the pattern and the fabric, so I decided to join in. I made up view A hood with the pockets from view B. You may also recognise the fabric! It’s exactly the same as one of the sample versions made for the pattern launch, oh and it’s also what was leftover from one of my Kitschy Coo Lady Skater dresses!

The Sew Along was really good to follow, it meant that I actually followed and sewed this hoodie up relatively slowly, since I was waiting for each sewalong post to be published. I found each post really helpful, but I do admit to whizzing through posts 1 to 7 very fast. I certainly found it helpful with attaching the zip and finishing. The extra tips and information throughout were invaluable. Plus there are lots of fab photos and you all know how much I love photos in sewing instructions.I love the extra touches for this. On the inside at the back of the zip ribbon is used to cover the tape and completely enclose any raw edges. I decided to use this elephant tape which I’ve had in my ribbon/tape box for some time.

Other great touches include lining for the hood and lining for the pockets. For these I used some pale grey and white cotton knit left over from this Renfrew tee. This fabric is also used for the neck binding. This covers all the raw edges where the hood is attached to the main body of the hoodie.

I also decided to use cord endings to finish off the cord through the hood.

The deets
Fabric:  Pale blue denim look knit from The Fabric Warehouse, grey/white stripe cotton knit from Fabric-a-Brac
Notions:  Lots – open ended zip, elephant printed tape for the back of the zip, cotton ribbon for the hood ties, grommets for the ribbon to go through on the hood ties, interfacing, cord endings for the hood ties
Pattern:  Scroop Patterns Otari Hoodie, size 40 based on my bust measurement
Changes made/recommendations:  I really recommend this hoodie. The fit is awesome, the drafting is so good, with some neat touches, such as the pointed hood or the cloud type pockets. The instructions along with the sew-a-long make this a relatively simple sew. So much help when you might get confused.

I have worn this so much since I finished it just over a year ago. It’s been a great addition. The fabric choice means it goes with so many things. The fit makes it so comfy. It’s a big fat love!

Fantail skirt
The Scroop Fantail skirt is another of those which I just had to have! I love that front A-line shape and then the pleats on the back for the added interest.

It’s taken me some time to make up because I was after the “perfect” fabric for this. I eventually found this pale grey linen from The Fabric Store. In hindsight, it may not be the perfect fabric since being linen it creases so much and you lose the effect of the pleats on the back, but that’s not put me off this skirt at all!

This skirt is not as involved as the hoodie and is a lot quicker to sew up. The main thing is getting those pleats on the back nice and even. I had to unpick mine on one side, they just weren’t even first off. It’s definitely worth taking your time over these.

The rest of the pattern is really quick and easy to sew. There is an invisible zip in the centre back. I always add a fine interfacing to the seam if I’m sewing in invisible zip now. It’s a great tip I picked up from somewhere and makes invisible zips sew in so much easier, particularly if the fabric is off the grain, like it is with this skirt.

I really wish I’d checked on the website beforehand for the hack to add pockets. I miss pockets in this skirt so much. Due to the shape and design, it’s not just a case of adding these to the side seam. Mainly because there is no side seam, these are side panels and a pocket added to the off centre seams on that simple, smooth A-line front just wouldn’t work. They need much more stability and the front of the skirt doesn’t need any dragging, hence the pocket hack is the way to go with an angled drop pocket in the side panel. The full hack is here and I definitely think I’ll be checking this out next time.

The hem is very narrow. I finished mine with pale blue hug snug. The pattern suggests bias tape. Either work.

The deets
Fabric:  Pale grey linen from The Fabric Store
Notions:  Invisible zip, interfacing, hook and eye for the waistband fastening, hug snug for the hem
Pattern:  Scroop Patterns Fantail Skirt (modern version), size 40 based on my waist measurement
Changes made/recommendations:  The only change I really made was to use waistband stiffening for the waistband rather than the waistband pattern piece. It’s probably me being lazy, but I find it easy to apply and also ensure the waistband is attached neatly.

As for the skirt, well I finished this just before Christmas and it’s definitely been worth making. The fabric means it’s cool for the summer. I love the simplicity and smooth lines of the front of this skirt and those pleats fanning out on the back adding interest and creating a swish and fullness. I’m wondering if I have any viscose or something more drapy in my stash so I can make another. As with the hoodie, the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. I definitely recommend making these up.

I’m now off to check out the other Scroop Patterns which I’ve been eyeing up – Eastbourne Trousers, I’m looking at you…                 

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