I was delighted to be sent this Sewing Pattern from the MiY collection by Wendy Ward. Wendy really understands fabric and is the Queen of knits. Her patterns are easy to use and this snood is definitely one for a beginner to experienced sewers.
Have you ever seen a pattern in its own little carrier bag before? I haven't and I was delighted with the overall presentation. Inside the bag are lots of little extras - the pattern instructions of course, but also a label to sew into your garment, a card describing how to post your MiY makes onto her internet pages, and a useful fabric guide to take with you when you go fabric shopping and all sorts of goodies.
To further add to my delight the pattern instructions are tied with a ribbon bow. Such a lot of effort has gone into producing this beautiful pattern.
The fabric I used is stunning.  It is a Velboa Fur Fleece Fabric in Cream.  It is deliciously soft and cuddly and more "grown up" than polar fleece for example. The colour suits just about everyone too.  It's more of a winter White than cream I feel. It does come in other colours so choose your favourite. This snood can also be made with the lining in a different colour so you may want to choose two colours.
I intended making mine entirely in cream but more about that later.
There are various options to choose from. You may want it all one colour or with a contrast or toning colour on the inside. You could choose to make the right and left sides in different colours or add a panel down the front.
This means of course that you could make a few and they will all be different.
Be warned, there is just one pattern piece but it is huge, and you need to cut out four pieces, so dont skimp on fabric.
I am afraid that I was a little short on fabric myself with just 1 metre and tried every which way to cut out the four pieces. I managed to cut out three full pieces but for the front I decided after much pondering to have a contrast panel down the centre in a Crushed Velour Fabric in Navy.
There are various markings on your pattern to enable you to design your own snood.
The pattern is printed onto strong paper and if you intend to make any adjustments to the original design then it is advisable to trace over each piece and make a copy so as not to ruin your master copy.
Use pattern weights (or your favourite alternative) to hold your tracing paper down whilst you draw the outline of each piece. Number each piece and make sure that you mark the right side too. You also need to add half an inch seam allowance to the pieces you will be joining together.
I must say that not having enough of the fur fleece was a happy accident because the panel of soft navy velvet works really well. A bonus is that I can still wear it as originally intended - plain cream - by just turning it inside out.
Whatever fabric combination you choose you need to make four of these, for the front and back, and front and back linings.
There are pleats at the shoulders to add shape you need to mark these carefully so that they match exactly when you come to stitch the sides together.
Stitch the front and back together at the sides and also the front and back linings together at the sides, matching the pleats exactly. If you pin the front pleats upwards and the back pleats in the opposite direction you will not only reduce bulk but it will make it a lot easier to match everything correctly.
The instructions are very easy to follow and explain exactly how to first of all stitch the neckline, so follow them carefully.
And then the instructions explain how to fold and stitch the bottom - it does look a little weird but trust me it works!
There is a small bit of hand sewing to do to close the gap where the snood was turned right side out.
The instructions state that the bottom and top should be pressed firmly but please don't even think about it if you are using fur fleece or velvet. Just lightly steam using a pressing cloth taking great care not to crush the pill or scorch the fabric.
My snood required top stitching top and bottom to keep the front and back in place so go ahead and do it if your fabric demands it. This is not in the instructions.
My disappointment with this pattern is that it reaches down to my elbows and as it is a fairly close fit it makes it difficult to raise my arms. So I  would highly recommend that you cut out out and make a toile consisting of a front and a back if you feel that you might want to shorten it to avoid wasting fabric. 
My other disappointment is that it is meant - as I found out later - to be worn on top of a jumper or light jacket and not under a coat as I would have preferred.
There is just too much bulk to fit underneath my coat and it was very uncomfortable, I could hardly move! To wear it underneath a coat it would need shortening by quite a bit.
On the positive side, as this needs to be worn on top of a garment it set me thinking. It would come into its own as a warm wrap over your evening dress, doesn't it look fabulous! I wish I was going somewhere to wear it now!
And then I was  thinking how pretty and practical they would be for bridesmaids to wear when travelling to the Church or reception, it would definitely add a touch of comfort on a cold day. Lined in the same colour as the dress and possibly some maribou or faux fur round the bottom it would look delightful for a winter wedding. The pattern is simple enough to be scaled down for younger bridesmaids.
This is a very quick make and the pattern lends itself to all sorts of different fabrics, not just fleece and faux fur but tweed and wool fabrics too.
It is suitable for total beginners, the pattern is easy to follow and the result is very wearable. Do make one and you will see what I mean. Worn over a thick knitted jumper with hat and gloves you will not only feel toasty but look fabulous too.
Thank you to Minerva Fabrics for the fabric and pattern.
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