Tuesday, September 06, 2011


Just as I was astonished that I was able to make pants (PANTS!!!) earlier this summer, I am astonished I was able to successfully make a hoodie. Not just that I made a hoodie but that I immediately started planning the next hoodie I would make when I snipped the last thread on the first.


I used the pattern in Sew U Home Stretch and some heavier weight cotton knit. I thought it would take a long time to sew but, after I had the pattern pieces prepped it only took about 2 hours! I don't know why I thought it would take longer than that...


(my camera blew out most of the shots and no amount of trying to fix it seemed to really help. oops) The dark navy is one of my favorite neutrals. I love the fabric, it's the perfect weight for fall/spring and for in my office where the temperatures swing between Arctic and Equatorial at least twice an hour.


I made the size Large and it fits perfectly. I didn't have ribbing that matches the main fabric so I extended the pattern pieces to make a deep hem and cuff. All edges are serged (whee!!!) and I managed to successfully use a twin needle for finishing.



My one major d'oh appeared when I went to sew in the zipper. I somehow made one pocket a good half inch taller than the other. Oops!

Now, if you just take the evidence of this often neglected blog, I haven't been doing much making this summer. On the contrary, I just haven't been finishing much this summer. Making and finishing this hoodie in one afternoon has really kicked my "must finish stuff" drive into gear. Either that or I just need to start documenting my WIPs. I'll try to get on one of those soon.


  1. You should make that half-inch blip between the pockets your signature. I kind of think it adds to its hip-ness. :) I LOVE it.

  2. This is awesome. I just got a copy of Sew U Home Stretch and I was contemplating making the hoodie out of a medium weight bamboo/cotton terry that I've had in my stash for quite some time. You've motivated me to give this a try!

  3. I like mistakes in my FO's (I'd better :P) I do think it gives it more personality. Anyone can shop...not many can make something awesome! Looks great!

  4. I love the asymmetrical pockets! Gives it character.


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