TAL HOODIE DRESS – Hack your heart out ;)

A review of Hoodie Dress


Reviewed by @supalunasews on 1st June, 2020


  • I wanted an ‘easy to get into’ raincoat : coverup that I could put on late at night or during the rain when I needed to talk the dog our for a wee!
  • The TAL hoodie dress fit the bill when made up in Merchant and Mills dry oil skin.  merchant and Mills dry oil skin is easy to sew (a bit like a drill) and while it gets wet, the water doesn’t come through.   Perfect.

PATTERN HACKS (quite a few)

  • see @supalunasews for more deets
  • lengthened, maybe 20 cm
  • custom 3 pleat sleeve
  • changed to princess seams
  • pocket style changed
  • hood altered to sit lower under my chin
  • Had to take some back length out (standard adjustment for me)

What I loved:

– the pattern is easy to hack and goes together well

– instructions and visuals are clear

– clean design lines.

– the design was perfect for me to hack into a raincoat dress by simply changing the fabric to dry oil skin (that was surprisingly easy to sew)


What I didn’t like quite so much:

– the method for applying the elastic cuffs and hem seemed pretty awkward and wasn’t much fun.  I gave up on that method and made a casing, stretched out the elastic when sewing and joined using a French style seam.

this was incredibly fun to make.