We are well into our third and strictest lockdown so far. I’m not allowed to go to the office, most shops are closed besides groceries and pharmacies, and going out at restaurants, concerts and cinemas are of course out of the question. Comfort is my best luxury right now, so a Juno sweatshirt hoodie came to the rescue.
Being a true 80’s girl, the classic grey sweatshirt feels very familiar. I remember well how pleased I was at 16 when I bought a matching set in marled grey, a hoodie and sweatpants. It was all the rage at the time. After that I never really wore athletic gear as leisure wear, but if now is not the time, when is?
The Mönsterfabriken Juno is a super versatile pattern and can be transformed into about anything made in knitted fabrics. So far I’ve made a hoodie in merino wool, an offwhite basic tee with long sleeves and a navy oversized tee/dress for sleeping. These are all in heavy rotation in my wardrobe. I’m wearing the grey hoodie with my jersey Lounge pants in this post.
The pattern is classic and comes in unisex sizes from 64 to 116 cm chest measurement. The sizing is relaxed, so sizing down is recommendable for a more classic fit. I made this one in a size smaller than my chest measurement suggested. The pattern drawing suggests a sweatshirt, a hoodie and a bomber jacket with or without a zipper, but you can do so much more: Lengthen it into a casual dress, crop it, leave off the cuffs and hem, color block and so on. The current cropped trend with a wider rib at the hem is a relaxed and casual style I find appealing, so why not try that next time.
Recently an add-on for a zip up collar and longer cuffs were released for a small additional cost. This is a hallmark of the Mönsterfabriken patterns, they are more versatile than most and great value, and they keep adding to them after the release. For more ideas on how to utilize Juno I recommend browsing the #mfjuno hashtag, the possibilities are endless really. If you want, you can match it with the Billie sweatpants for a full set.
My version is made in a quite heavy college sweat in grey marled with white fleece on the back. I lined the hood in white single jersey to reduce bulk, and I really like the soft and comfortable result. The fabric isn’t suitable for cuffs and hem because it has very little stretch, so I used what I had in my stash, a slightly lighter grey ribbing. It bugs me that the colors are different, but it serves its purpose. I used my overlocker on most seams, but the pocket and hood is also stitched with the cover locker. I understiched the lining and topstitched the collar on my regular machine to make it stay in place. Having access to all these machines has really elevated my sewing, but of course you can sew everything on a regular sewing machine, too. The actual sewing is pretty uncomplicated and the instructions are very helpful. Just remember to add seam allowances for correct fit (or not, if you want to slim it down even more).
The Juno pattern will probably stay in my collection indefinitely. I need no other patterns for casual sweaters, hoodies and jackets in the foreseeable future, and I highly recommend checking it out.
I received the pattern for free with no obligations to post about it. The fabric and opinions are all on me.