Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A boys Refashion

boys hoodie
The finished hoodie - Jakob trying to be Dr Spock.
In a week we are going to Fiordland. It is predicted to rain, rain and rain some more. Which it does anyway (it is not called a temperate rainforest for nothing!). With rain comes the cold. The Merino jersey that I made Jakob last year was not so sucessful. The hood was too big, the Merino wool was a bit too light.

So I had a rush job on. Make a boys hoodie with pocket by Friday. And it is done. It took me two nights (approx 3 hours altogether). I am much happier with this one, the Merino jerseys I chose were heavier and so held their shape better. Also I was pedantic about the finishing and have used bias binding to prevent stretching around the hood / neck area. The sleeve ends look a lot tidier too, the boys love the semiglove end that a lot of tramping gear has and I know it will be handy down in the cold. I also used stitch number 15 on my Bernina sewing machine, rather than the overlocker and this was very successful.

So what started as two ladies Merino jersey's bought from the Op Shop, are now one boys hoodie to keep him warm.
The two ladies merino jerseys I started with
Chop off the arms
bind the edge of the pocket
stitch the pocket on at the top and bottom, matching side seams

Cut sleeve down to size and re-inser
Sew up the arm and side seams, then add the cuffs and hood.

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  1. You are so clever, seriously!

  2. No way!!! What a great idea... I would have NEVER thought of that. I bet he loves it and it keeps him nice and toasty warm... :)

    You are such a fabulous mom... :)
    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

    1. Thanks Crystelle, He loves them and they are so different to anything you can buy in the shop. Both the boys love hoods and big pockets an this cost me $8.00 for two merino's from the Op Shop

  3. Terrific upcycling job!! Have fun!

  4. Very clever use of old stuff, I'd love to have a hoodie like that!

  5. A great looking jacket!!! I hope it doesn't rain too much during the holiday...

  6. What a wonderful use of wool sweaters! Wish I had thought of something like that when my boys were young!

  7. Very original!

  8. A beautifully done refurb! Such a clever design, too, with the semi-gloves. Your son looks very happy in his new hoodie! I'd say it was a success! Thank you for linking up!

    xo -E

  9. Hiya, lovely blog!
    Thank you for sharing on Eddie's Room. I don't know if you meant to put in another refashion though. The link collection at the moment is for dress refashion tutorials.
    At some point I will definitely be doing another one where the theme is childrens clothes and I would love to see this tutorial there :-)
    I have removed the link for now but hope you will be back to add a dress refashion soon.

    xx Eddie

    Come on over and like Eddie's Room on Facebook for some crafty ideas and conversation. :-) Can't wait to meet you!


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