The Chalk and Notch Page Sweater is a cute and comfortable crop top hoodie that can be sewn in just half a day! Read more for my full sewing pattern review.
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Work from home life has meant a lot of loungewear and activewear, but very little of everything else. I haven’t been able to wear my last few makes like my Paper Theory Olya Shirt, but I did make a super comfortable new hoodie that I’ve been dying to share!
The Chalk and Notch Page Hoodie Sewing Pattern
The Page Hoodie is a newer pattern in Chalk and Notch’s library. I had the pattern announcement sitting in my email inbox for quite some time so that I could keep it at the top of my sewing list. Shortly after that I was gifted a beautiful navy stretch velour fabric from Minerva, and I knew that it would be perfect for this sweater!
In some of my previous posts, I’ve given a lot of praise to Chalk and Notch patterns. Gabriela makes such beautiful patterns that are so easy to follow. Clear instructions and step-by-step photos make all the difference! In quarantine, I have had a few sewing mishaps thanks to my cabin-fevered brain and this was my first *almost* perfectly executed sewing project. I attribute that to the pattern instructions and design.
Chalk and Notch is also very petite friendly and I have had to make minimal to no adjustments with her patterns so far. There are many other hoodie patterns that I could have chosen, like remaking the Burda 6296 sweater I made in December. I have such great trust in Chalk and Notch that choosing this pattern was a no-brainer.
My Sewing Experience
Choosing My View
There are a few different view options for this pattern. I sewed view A with the slim sleeve option. I chose View A because I’m not a big fan of drawstring garments (other than the drawstring of a hood), which is a design feature of View B. I wanted my sweater to be looser at my waist, so the banded hem option of View A suited my needs best.
I also chose the slim sleeve option as opposed to the fuller sleeve. I tend to wear hoodies for various purposes, so I didn’t want to have any extra fabric that might get in the way of tasks like cooking, knitting, or a quick yoga/barre sesh.
I didn’t have to make many adjustments to my Chalk and Notch Page Hoodie other than shortening the sleeve by a few inches. I left just enough length on my sleeve for the cuff to hit mid-palm so that I could add some thumbholes to the cuff – more details on that later!
The Sewing Process
As far as my actual sewing process goes, this sweater was a breeze! I was able to accomplish this pattern in 4 1-hour sessions. 2 of those sessions were my daily work-from-home lunch break and the remaining 2 were after work. If I were to have done this all in one session, I could have easily completed it in a little less than 4 hours. Keep in mind that I do have a serger which made the sewing process go much quicker than if I had just used my regular machine. Nonetheless, I think that this could still be accomplished in a day regardless of what kind of machine you may have!
Adding Thumbhole Cuffs
I tend to complain a lot about not having thumbholes in my ready-to-wear garments, so it’s nice that I can add them as I please to all my handmade pieces. Adding thumbholes to a cuff is a fairly simple process that requires leaving a hole open and hand sewing it closed. I’m so glad I included them as they add just a bit of extra warmth – especially for someone whose hands are always cold!
My Favorite Parts of the Chalk and Notch Page Hoodie
I absolutely love the raglan sleeve on this hoodie. It was my first time sewing a garment with a raglan sleeve and it’s so easy to sew! I will be on the hunt now for knit garments with raglan sleeves.
I also love how the hoodie is designed for this sweater. It seems like such a simple thing to love – a hoodie is a hoodie right? But I appreciate that this hoodie is lined. I have sewn sweaters in the past where the hood was not lined and could see the “guts” of the garment. The lined hood is a more clean look and adds some weight to it as well. I’ve noticed that it stays on my head a bit better because of that.
My Final Thoughts on the Chalk and Notch Page Hoodie
Chalk and Notch has once again proven to be the most petite friendly and most thorough pattern company I’ve sewn to date. The Page Hoodie was so fun to sew. I am considering making another one with Chalk and Notch’s free neckband option and using my Cricut Maker to add a fun iron-on to the front of the sweater!
I hope you enjoyed my sewing pattern review of the Chalk and Notch Page Hoodie! If you make this sweater, let me know – I’d love to see photos of how yours turned out!