So I got the pattern, yay. Only it had one problem. Mr.Man's nr1 criteria for a hoodie is that it has to zip up and not be a pullover(picky I know). But Finlayson doesn't have a zipper option. "Idon'tcare" I said to myself, I'm going to make it happen! So after some thinking, pattern hacking and actual sewing this thing came to life
In order to make the sweater into a zip up hoodie, I had to change a few things. First, I cut the front bodice and the kangaroo pocket out with a seam line in the center, instead it being on fold. For these two pieces I didn't add seam allowance to the center line as the zipper would fill out what I lose with sewing the zipper. But I did have to slightly change the hood shape. I calculated how much I would lose when I skip the overlap of the hood bottom and just gradually connected the new seam line with the old one. Everything else went according to the original pattern pieces.
|Kangaroo pocket+cuff details|
|Floral twill tape inside the pocket cuz I say so.|
For the grey base fabric I used a cotton-viscose blend with fuzzy white layer on the inside, so this thing is bulky and so warm. For the sleeve and bottom cuff I used red cotton ribbing and for the hood lining I used some red viscose jersey I had lying around. I sewed the whole thing together on my sewing machine and I stitched all the seams down as I wanted to reduce bulk on the seam lines. And because they are stitched down there's no need for serging the seams.
|I did this to EVERY seam. Geeeeeeeesh, the patience.|
Overall I really enjoyed making it, I have never in my life made a real hoodie before but I think it looks quite sharp and it got quite a few compliments from people who saw it on Randy while they popped by the studio. I'm sure I'll make another one sometime in the future(I guess I have to as well) and I have a bit of this fuzzy and comfy knit left so I might make something warm for myself. Knit blazers, anyone? I also think that I'll rise the front neckline a bit next time so that it won't be as plunging.
What about you? Have you made a Finlayson yet? Are you planning to?