Oh, this hoodie. It looks so innocent even on my pouty model. It is no exaggeration to say that it almost didn’t happen. There was so much fabric wrestling and brow-furrowing involved in making this
damn awesome hoodie.
I like how it turned out but man, oh man, I could have used many more pictures in the pattern. Ever since I bought the Sewing for Boys book I’ve admired the Luka Hoodie, it’s a fun, boy style and I had the perfect echino linen-cotton blend fabric for it. I should have anticipated that with all the cute details it would be a tricky one to sew.
That said, it sure seemed like many of the steps required a few more pictures to make it easier. At one point yesterday, I was literally tangled up in fabric. Sometimes I can read a pattern and visualize from step to step how it is going to come together but I just couldn’t with this one. I moved step by step in complete bewilderment about how it was all going to happen. Of course, this could be the effect of sewing way too much and too obsessively all week long. Come to think of it, that sort of makes sense.
It really does have great details…a front secret pocket, a kangaroo pocket, covered button placket, a super cute hoodie with an elasticized rim and it is fully lined. I mean seriously, it’s like the James Bond of coats for boys. There are secrets everywhere. It combines a stylish look with the comfort of being lined.
Like I mentioned the contrast fabric on the sleeves and hoodie are an echino linen-cotton blend from several seasons back. I’ve been hoarding it. Echino has some of the best ‘boy’ fabrics that aren’t baby sweet as well as, of course, amazing fabric overall. I love their stuff but it’s definitely a splurge. The brown corduroy was a fabric I snagged at Jo-Ann. The lining fabric is my pride and joy, it’s an old jersey knit bed sheet that had been dyed long ago. It wasn’t quite enough fabric so I had to use a stripe of black jersey for lining the hood. It actually came out looking like something I had done on purpose. I love when making-do and being cheap work in my favor.
The hoodie is done and J loves it. It fits him and I’m happy I finally made a Luka Hoodie. What I should do is churn out another one right away because it would probably take me half the time. I’ve got two explorer vests left to make, however, and I’m not sure I have the emotional strength to make another Luka.
Why does Kids Clothes Week always descend into madness for me? Kids Clothes Week has turned me into a non-showering, frenzy of sewing obsession. It’s not that far off from where I started but still, it’s something of concern.