2.13.2011

Urban Unisex Hoodie {Organic}




I really like the fit of the Urban Unisex Hoodie. The last one I made used a mix of two completely different knits. I used a rayon/lycra jersey with a lot of slinky movement with a cotton interlock lining to stabilize it. I wasn't sure how it would work and I have to say it's a garment I have Vinny wearing quite often. I even had a woman from Germany come up and ask where I bought it. That's always fun because who doesn't love to be able to answer "I made it!"

This time I made one using a brown organic cotton French terry (fabric.com) and a lime green organic interlock (Stitch Simple). I also liked the idea of making a faux piping so I could show a little more of the green lining. Since knit is so very forgiving (and FYI easy to sew with), this little trick was pretty easy. All I did was cut and sew garment as directed. Before doing any topstitching I pressed the garment so that a small bead of lining was evenly showing. 


Then I topstitched which gives it the look of piping. I also used lime green thread for the contrast stitching.

One of the reasons knit fabric can be intimidating to sew with is that it often gets dragged down into your feed dogs and ends up in a bunched up mess. This especially can happen when stitching buttonholes.


What I do, because I'm too lazy to reinforce from the inside (which takes some foresight, which I do not have much of), is to cut a small square of tear away stabilizer to add to the back of the garment where the buttonhole will be stitched. Once the buttonhole is stitched just tear away. Done.

Edited: Thanks reader Emily (see comments below, love your blog BTW) for asking me about the brown sweatshirt fleece I had originally posted. I went back to my fabric.com order history (love that feature) and realized I was using a different fabric! If you are just reading this post for the first time and didn't read it earlier than you have no idea anything was changed. Boy that was a lot of talking to say "I goofed, here's the change".

13 comments:

KID, MD said...

Good tip! Cute hoody and I love the faux piping.

Allie said...

Can I just say, I love your blog. Thanks for all the fabric source links, too!

Emily said...

OK, so I have contemplated that same sweatshirt fleece 8686876876 times for that same hoodie. Does it have any stretch at all? I used some JoAnn's sweatshirt fleece for this one: http://www.theboytrifecta.com/2010/09/kcwc-day-3-heidi-and-finn-urban-unisex.html

and it had NO STRETCH whatsoever. Is all sweatshirt fleece that way or just the crappy JoAnn's stuff?

Sascha said...

Emily,

I am so glad you commented because I went back to my previous fabric.com orders and lo and behold I put the wrong fabric! I'll go fix that now, but the brown I used from them is definitely a lightweight sweatshirt fleece. The wrong side of the fabric has kind of terry loops, not like traditional fuzzy fleece. It's pretty nice, but I really like the stripe version that I made better. Maybe it's because I used rib knit for the cuffs. I prefer rib knit cuffs to interlock. I really like your version. I also think the sizing may be a bit small.

Mamasha said...

I've been admiring the stuff you make for boys (because I have two sons) for many months now and just wanted to let you know that I'm a huge fan of your simple, wearable, beautiful creations!

Andrea said...

Love the contrast. Great idea. My little guy can now wear the urban unisex hood I made and I love it. I need to make another in a lighter weight fabric for spring.

Kim @ craftyNHmom said...

Another adorable hoodie! I made a similar version in the fall, brown with aqua stripe on the inside. I love the idea of the faux piping.

Thanks so much for sharing your button hole trick. I was sweating bullets when it came to the button holes on my hoodie. I ended up using velcro and sewing the buttons as a decoration because I was worried about ruining it on the final step. I'm going to try your idea!

tinsenpup said...

I love the faux piping. That's really clever.

Kimberly said...

You're on fire! Do you sew every single day? Seriously your speed amazes me. I've been trying to cut out an apron pattern and it's taken me an entire week to just prep the fabric and cut out three of NINE patten pieces!

Sascha said...

I sure wish I could sew every day. It's tough around here because the littlest is uber clingy and really hates my sewing loft. I think that's why I sew simple knit garments so often, because once they are cut they get put together rather quickly.

Amanda said...

I love this - I actually made two of these for my daughter last fall using a pattern that looks identical to this from the Etsy seller Heidi and Finn. I get tons of compliments!

Sascha said...

Amanda,
It's the same pattern from them. I really like it and also get tons of compliments.

Lydia said...

I think the pattern is on the small side too. I made a size 3 for my nearly 3 year old and it just fits her. and made the 18mts for my 14month old and it just fits. but I LOVE the pattern. and I LOVE your blog.

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