Can I just say I am so jealous that I made this zip up hoodie / jacket for Brian and not for me? What was I thinking?! It’s incredibly warm and irresistible. Oh well, guess I’ll have to steal it every chance I get.
Let’s talk about the fabric. The plaid is a fantastic custom ponte from Vinegar and Honey‘s November BeeBox. This stuff is thick, stretchy, and very unique. The back is plain black, which is what I used for the bands. I can’t get over it! I don’t think I’ve ever seen plaid ponte before, at least definitely not like this. The color is such a nice burgundy/black/gray.
Note: This BeeBox also came with a gorgeous lace applique, but I didn’t use it for this one for obvious reasons. Now to decide how to use it for me…
Because I enjoy torturous sewing and putting my machines through the ringer, I fully lined the entire thing with plush fleece. This thing is HEAVY. I mean, you pick it up and it probably weighs 3 pounds. For real! I used an anti-pill fleece I got at Joann’s last Black Friday for super cheap. Talk about warmth. I nearly drove myself to insanity with skipped stitches (only one broken needle though) but it was worth it!
About the pattern: I actually used three different patterns to get this look. The main body and most of the hood is the Thread Theory Finlayson. However, I traced the higher crewneck neckline from the Thread Theory Strathcona instead of the lower, twisty neckline that the Finlayson is supposed to have. Then, of course I re-drafted the bottom of the hood pieces to match the crewneck. I sewed the whole garment with 1/4″ seam allowances instead of intended 5/8″, because I wanted to err on the side of a looser fit with the fleece lining. I added a front zip with an extra 1/2″ seam allowance on the front edges. For the side seam pockets, I used the add-on pack for the Patterns for Pirates women’s raglans. Ha! It’s just a pocket piece, but I didn’t feel like making my own. And lastly, I added a piece of self knit binding on the body/hood seam, for a nicer finish.
Look how thick this is…he’s only wearing a tank top underneath, all of that bulk is the freaking jacket! Also, the fit is spot on even with the two layers. Thread Theory wins again!
Confession: I’ve never actually put a zipper on a piece of clothing before. Somehow I’ve avoided it, and only once put a zipper on a hammock (don’t ask, you know who you are). This was a complete pain; I had to redo the zipper three times. It was most certainly due to the insane bulk of everything, which caused the presser foot to slide sideways as I sewed down the zipper. This didn’t happen at all with the hammock so I’m blaming the fleece. But I got it eventually…this whole piece isn’t perfect, but it’s as close as I could get it!
Just look how happy he is! This is the face I get every time I ask him to try on something when I’m in the middle of sewing it. And the face I get when I ask to take pictures after it snowed and it’s 28 degrees outside. 😉 Really, the face he makes when cracking himself up while taking pictures…ha!
I also had to do one of these, since I actually used an inspiration pic this time. I usually just make whatever pops into my head…I pretty much never go on Pinterest (might explain my lack of fashion sense). But I wanted to gauge ideas I had for this one with Brian and he liked this one. I have to say it’s pretty darn close! #winning
That’s it for now! Hope you enjoyed this one, now that I’m done sewing it I certainly do. 🙂