Thursday, October 30, 2014

McCall's Hoodie M6614

My son is a hoodie lover. I wanted to make him something and this pattern screamed to be chosen. I've previously made a view A, a long sleeve shirt with princess seams

Relatively easy (yup, if you are not too fussy about the fit, shape, length, etc.) 

My son wanted a particular length, fit, and color. I have pinned, basted, and had him try on a few times until we achieved the *right* look. (Boy, was he picky or what. Where does he get that from?!)

The pattern was either a hoodie with zipped front and hem band, or a princess seam pullover hoodie with no zipped front. He wanted a pullover hoodie without the princess seam, no zipped front. 

The pocket's handy for his iPhone.

I cut the View D front as one piece on fold. He wanted a slightly wider pocket, so added 1" to the width of the pocket. He had presented me with his favorite RTW sweatshirt.  It turns out, the finished  measurements were identical to the size medium of this pattern. I cut the hood that was meant for the pullover as I was making the pullover for which the hood will cross at the center front rather than the View D hood which is a zipped hoodie. Worked out perfectly.

I'm also happy to report that the fabric was from my stash. It was something that was given to me when I started sewing again last year. I received, in three different occasions, someone's unwanted/no longer needed fabric stash. This nearly 3 yards of green lightweight sweatshirt knit was perfect for the color my son asked for, and it is super comfy, good quality cotton. Yay. I love it whenever I can use something from my stash or recycle something.

I first placed the pocket too high. Didn't meet his approval.  It was all finished with pretty top stitch and everything, I had to very carefully rip it all out and redo.  But the result was worth it.  He loves the hoodie.

Lined the hood with slightly heavier material that has a felty/flannelly feel to it. Cozy to wear, but it made the hood just a tad heavy. (the only complaint from the wearer.) Again, I found in my stash this perfect color fabric just enough to line the hood. I think it is a cotton blend. Washed it to be sure it's shrink-safe.

Ok, I experimented with both indoor and outdoor shots. Neither reflects the true color of the actual fabric! The actual color is somewhere in between the two. 

The hoodie debuted on our shopping trip to a local goodwill to source materials for him to make accessories of the costume he is working on.  On our way out, we were greeted with this large, white, iridescent colored spider!  It was about the size of a quarter plus the legs. It was beautiful, but it didn't stop to pause for a photo for me. This is the only shot I could take.  Anyway, it was A LOT prettier than the photo shows.  Spiders - I'm not afraid of.  

Happy Halloween!

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