I have resolved to clear my 2013 makes and blog about them before I launch into my 2014 makes (what? you mean I’ve got something to show for 2014 already? Why yes & it’s mega exciting, but that’s all I will say for now. Oh and to tease you, I’m even wearing them 😉 )
So as I made this such a long time ago I have not remembered every fine detail about it. The Avocado Hoodie by Disparate Disciplines. I made this with running in mind (since when else would you see me in red/black colour blocking – it’s not my usual style, be honest!) But before I start I have to say that the Avocado Hoodie is much much more than potential active wear – in a fleece backed jersey it would be such gorgeous inactive wear. Could even be one “for the kids” – I have been tempted to get the Avocado hoodie man version for my grown up “kids”.
Right onto this version. My first make. I used organic bamboo jersey for its natural “antibacterial” properties as it seemed a good thing to test for running garb. I had red & black & enough of each to show off the clever piecing of the Avocado hoodie. It shows the different shapes, doesn’t it? Clever kangaroo pouch pockets, longer generous cuffs (with thumb-holes) & the shaping at the sides, both at the front & the back. It’s got options for the hood & I loved this detail – it overlaps…
And did you spot the special reflective piping? Last time I used it on leggings & discovered the limitations of un-stretch piping in an area of high stretch (ie the legs/ knees!). This I thought would be a safe use of piping in places where stretch was not such a requirement. It’s good to see that the camera flash zips up that piping, therefore when I’m out & about I’ll fluoresce like St Elmo’s fire (sing along if you know it!).
I’m afraid I cannot remember any sewing details about this fab-ness, so therefore that means as always that Mari’s instructions were clear, clever & easy to follow. I have never sewn anything like this before, & the pockets were a revelation. I remember that. So canny.
The sewing details I do remember, helped along by the photos I took at the time, relate to the use of my overlocker’s piping foot. Oh I thought I was being sooo clever. But not only was it tricky to negotiate the curves with the overlocker, but I was also experimenting at the time with three thread stitch – meaning only one needle (the right needle). The impact of this is that the stitching was not close enough to the piping – be warned. Can you see the difference in the pics below?
What else do I have to say about this sweatshirt? It’s definitely an “over garment” & if you wanted to make it as a specific runner’s top in wicking fabric you’d probably want to go down a bit in size. I have got my next cut out in blue supplex but am aiming to make it a zip fronted jacket. Need to get started on it. There’s a cute design twist if all goes to plan. But I would like to make a snuggly fleecy version for cuddling up in….
Another great pattern Disparate Disciplines! Happy!