Soo.. I dropped off the blogging planet again. This time for a whole year. If you ask what happened I guess the answer is that I just got preoccupied with other things. “Life” as the cliché goes. But I haven’t stopped sewing or knitting. I made a lot of garments and I want to share with you one of the most well received ones today.
My husband has his birthday in the summertime and this year I wanted to make him something special that he could wear. It had to be in a neutral colour, and soft and nice to have on. I decided to hack the Hugo Hoodie that I’ve made for him once before, and change the front to a zipper opening so it could be a hooded jacket. I call this version the Fighter hoodie. You’ll understand why if you read on.
The Hugo Hoodie is a pattern from the brilliant open-source-sewing-pattern-designer JOOST. Previous of Makemypattern, now on the new site https://freesewing.org. (You should all go and check it out if you haven’t already. It’s brilliant and I believe we all could do with bringing more of the open source ideology into our lives. All his patterns are free off change and costumed to the measurements you type into the site.)
But back to the hoodie. As I have made it before (you can see the first version here (the hoodie has changed name since then)), I could keep the new jacket a secret. I didn’t need any fittings or anything to make it. A few months earlier I had brought home this semi-thick knitting with sort of velvet touch on the one side. It was something we were going to throw out at work, so it had no tags or anything, but my guess is that it’s a cotton/poly mix of some sort. The colour is a beautiful grey melange tone and as I already had a white zipper in more or less the correct length, so I decided to go with white contrast seams.
I don’t have an coverlock machine so I used a wide zigzag for top-stitching. I know it doesn’t look a 100% professional that way, but it’s what I could do with the machines I have. (And anyway I don’t really have room for another sewing machine.)
Because my husband is training kick boxing and also is a children’s trainer at our local kick boxing club I decided to put on the logo of the club on the hoodie as a final touch. I’m so glad I did. He is so happy with the hoodie and uses it all the time. This pattern is a real TNT (tried-and-true) pattern for me/him and it’s so easy to put together. These pictures where taken long after the hoodie was gifted, and it has pilled a little. But it holds up it’s shape nicely.
Unfortunately the quality of the photos wasn’t great this time (they weren’t taken with my camera). They are a bit overexposed, but I have done the best touch up I could.
If you want to know more about our kick boxing club you can find it at fighter.org