Hood Patterns

Published 27th May 2013

se the square-shaped hood below as your basic pattern.  Choose styles and measure your hood opening with care.

They can be further modified to your desired style.

hood-basic square
basic square hood

A Moroccan burnoose uses the above method.

a Moroccan burnoose

How a burnoose is worn.

Below are the shapes derived from the basic square:-

hood-curved apexhood-pointed
hood-curvedhood pointing downwards

Lined Hoods

Hoods are lined to:
  • add body to flimsy fabrics
  • reduce/stop itching from rough fabrics
  • anchor special fabrics to openings such as fur or heavy embroidery

Sometimes you may want to stiffen the opening to get the hood to behave.  Stiffeners can be:
  1.  buckram with glue
  2.  glueless buckram
  3.  interfacing with glue
  4.  glueless interfacing
  5.  high quality flat foam (akin to foam used for shoulder pads)
  6.  dacron batting
  7.  other fabrics such as denim or terry
  • 1,2,3,4,5 will not withstand frequent laundering.
  • 1,2,3,4,5 require hand-washing and upright storage with enough room to avoid other items crushing the stiffeners.  They crease easily.
  • 1 & 3 will cause thin fabrics to pucker and will be unsightly
  • 6 & 7 withstand machine laundering and can be stored folded

Coming soon:

How to make a mock-up of your chosen hood
How to cut the hood
How to shape the hood-to-neckline joint
How to improve hood design
How to anchor stiffener
How to anchor lining