Way back in September, I continued the tradition, and made him a hoodie for his birthday.
This one is from Ottobre 04/2017, no 30 – Salty Wind. (Nope,I’ve no idea what is going on with the naming, maybe it makes more sense in Finnish.)
Getting the pockets in the right place with the obvious lines of this fabric was a bit of a headache.
Hey, getting the pockets in at all was a bit of a headscratch, as usual everything you needed to know was in the instructions and not a word more (and definitely no diagrams). Water soluble marker pen was used a plenty!
I found some waxed cotton for the drawstring and added some adjusters from the box of reclaimed bag bits and some cool beads – I love how most of the faces are triangles but some are rhombuses, just like the fabric. The cotton and the beads are from Bunyip, a local craft shop. Oh and I neatened the neckline finish on the inside with twill tape (which I think I originally got from this tutorial) and added a hanging loop.
The fabric all came from Kitschy Coo and I only just had enough – in fact I couldn’t quite cut out one sleeve, so I had to add a little patch at the edge, but shh, don’t tell, I don’t think anyone has ever noticed, especially as I “cover stitched” (on my normal sewing machine) it into place in white, unlike the charcoal I used elsewhere.
I altered the cuffs using Kelly’s excellent tutorial for thumbhole cuffs. I’m glad I did cos not only was it a fun thing to learn, it made them longer, and I think the arms would be getting a little short now if I hadn’t (darn that boy for growing again).
That’s a lot of explanation and photo’s, because there was a lot of detail on this one, and I don’t even have a photo of the (slightly ridiculous) side zips. I’m really pleased with how it came out and the high quality finish I acheived.
Luckily the Boy loves it too, including the zips which he says he can zip up for ease of movement and zip down for keeping warm. Here he is modelling it with the hat I also made for his birthday too (cos that’s how he rolls). He also likes pulling the drawstring so tight there’s just a small hole to look out of (cos then he can pretend to be a cyclops, natch). Surprisingly with so much white in it it hasn’t acquired any stains yet, which is what I was most worried about! And entirely unintentionally it goes very well with the triangle jogging bottoms I made him (I guess there are only so many variations on “non girly” prints).
The only problem is, how am I going to follow this next year?