Monday, October 14, 2013

Skull Hoodie



Tangible Pursuits: Skull Hoodie
My big kid has a fleece-lined hoodie that he has been wearing pretty much every day since it started to get cooler.  Unfortunately it was getting too small for him, so I decided to make him a new one.  I had some black sweatshirt fleece that I got for a dollar a yard at the fabric store near where I work and I had a grey separating zipper that I have had for a long time.  So I knew I would be going with a grey and black theme.  I bought grey fleece for the lining from fabric.com and black ribbing from Jo-Ann's.


I asked the big kid what kind of decoration or symbol he wanted on his new sweatshirt and he said a skull.  I had some skull-print knit fabric that I had gotten from Jo-Ann's, and that I used to make these pajamas:


So I traced one of the skulls and enlarged it on the copier until it was the size I wanted it.  Then I traced the shape onto freezer paper, ironed the plastic side of the freezer paper onto a scrap of grey knit fabric (leftover from the big kid's batman costume from two years ago) and carefully cut out the shape.  With the freezer paper keeping the fabric stable it is easy to cut out the small details without stretching the fabric and distorting the shape.  I then removed the freezer paper and sewed the shape onto the left front pattern piece with a straight stitch about 1/8 inch from the edge.  Since it is a knit fabric I don't need to worry about it unraveling.

The pattern was kind of a hodge-podge.  I started with the zipper shirt from this pattern (which you may recognize from this post - it is getting a lot of use these days):

I shortened the front and back pieces by a couple of inches to account for the ribbing at the bottom. I also had to lengthen the sleeves since this pattern only comes with short sleeves.  And, of course, I left off the collar and added a hood.  I traced a hood from another sweatshirt, but then had to adjust the neckline to match the neckline on this shirt.  And, I added welt pockets, which I copied from the 2-in-1 Jacket in Sewing for Boys (affiliate link). 


The hoodie is fully lined with the fleece making it plenty warm for fall. 


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