One of the defining features of this pattern is the unique plackard down the back. Which allows for the top be be made completely from woven fabric. I use the plackard on a top with knit fabric also but you could omit it for a simpler sew.
I am a great fan of Kymy's Patterns, and have made them here (Kenzie's Party Dress), here (Kymy's Dolman) and here (Asymmetrical Drape Top) and I love that they are geared towards a beginner sewer, or an advanced sewer who wants a really quick project.
This pattern however, because of the complexity of the pieces, I mean, I looked at all the pieces and wondered "how on earth does this go together" but it did, but because of this, and the zip and a few other techniques, this pattern is geared to an intermediate sewer.
When I saw Zander's Hoodie come out in the Boy's Bundle put on by Pattern Revolution I just knew I HAD to get it. Every now and then a pattern comes out that has an all new look to it, something so different and eye catching that you havn't seen before...Well Zander's Hoodie was this for me.
I really struggle to make interesting clothes for Elijah, boys really aren't nearly as fun to sew for as girls. They can only wear so many styles of pants and t-shirts/shirts.
Well that was my opinion before I purchased the Boy's Bundle, and when I say that Kymy was having a blog tour I jumped at the chance for a 'kick up the backside' to actually sew one of the patterns I'd bought instead of "hoarding" it in my dropbox...admit it, you do it too!!
What I love about Zanders Hoodie, is the HUGE hood, and the Asymmetrical Zip. These give it an amazing, unique look that just draws in the comments from friends and family. I must say I was very proud to say "I made it" today when Elijah wore it to mainly music.
This pattern is geared for an intermediate level sewer, and while it wasn't difficult for me it was time consuming. I started cutting at 6:30pm and finished at 10pm, Granted I was watching a movie and chatting on Facebook with my friend Fiona from The adventures of Captain X and the Gingerbear Princess as I was sewing, so in reality it probably only took me 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
The tutorial really enables you to create a very professional looking garment that anyone would think that you purchased it, except that it is so awesome and different it just couldn't come from a shop!!!
This whole hoodie, apart from the sleeves are lined and fully lined. If you were doing a vest, or lining the sleeves it would all be fully lined.
This pattern comes in two size ranges.
~The children’s/tween’s sizes which is 3months to 18 tween ~ Adult sizes which is soon to be released. (this is available for pre-order now, sizes XS-5X) Use the coupon code HOODIESROCK on the EYMM website to receive 25% off your order. I made the size 4/5 for Elijah and it is a little big on him, especially in the arm length, but because of this, I know that he will get heaps of wear out of it and he likes his hands "to be warm" anyway so, if the kid likes it, don't change it!!! I may however, make the cuffs a wee bit tighter on the next one.
For Elijah I used black sweat-shirting from Spotlight, and a woven space print for the lining from and a bright lime green zip. The zip just makes the hoodie and in my opinion NEEDS to be a different colour to the main.
I made sure that the stretch of the woven (which is only a little) went with the stretch lines marked on the pattern and there is plenty of room and give in the size 4/5 I made Elijah.
The only problem I had, well, wasn't really a problem, I just had to stop and think and use lots of pins, was when I was attaching the sleeves, the woven lining meant that there wasn't as much give in the arm holes meaning there were a few little pin tucks in the top of the sleeves. but they were really slight that they don't need to be worried about.
The look on Elijah's face was well worth the late night that went into this hoodie.
Its been pouring with rain these last few days so I have had to resign myself to the fact that all my photos had to be inside, boy it was hard to get this little man to co-operate, I had plenty of bloopers and funny faces to sift through to get some good ones to show you.
Make sure you follow the Everything Your Mama Made Facebook page or group to get notifications about each DAY of this tour, I just know they are going to be amazing.