The Pattern Review Sewing Bee is on again, and I decided to join in on the first challenge -- to make a hoodie with accents. The challenge is to make something in a one week period, then about half the entries move on to the second challenge and so on.
I don't usually make casual clothes, so at first wasn't sure about joining in on making a hoodie (or as we call them in Saskatchewan where I grew up, bunnyhugs.) But I flipped through my Burda magazines to see what patterns were there, and also looked into my stash, and an idea was born. I thought about how I could make something to recognize Ukraine right now.
My Spring sewing plan is all in blues and yellows, and I found this bluish ponte in my stash; it was thrifted a while ago, and I was able to fit a basic pattern onto it and avoid the flaw in the fabric that was likely the reason it ended up at the thrift store. I chose Burda 116 from the July 2020 issue. It's a pullover top with a hood more than a traditional hoodie. I like it because it's more of a sweater style top, no ribbing at sleeve or hem, more my style.
Then, for my embellishment, I used a cotton sunflower print which I recently bought to make some face masks. There was enough left for this project. The applique image is the Tryzub, the symbol on the modern coat of arms of Ukraine, but one that goes back to the days of Volodomyr the Great, around 980 AD.
I liked the idea of combining this symbol with sunflowers, the flower of Ukraine. I used some Steam a Seam to make an applique, using a pattern I printed off as my base. I attached it to the front of the hoodie before sewing it together to make the pressing easier.
I also used the sunflower fabric to make a deep sleeve facing, so that I could wear the sleeves rolled up with the contrast showing. Because the sleeve isn't tightly fitting, the cotton facing doesn't restrict movement. Although my project is quite simple, I really enjoyed the challenge involved in conceptualizing and making this in a short time. Plus I like the contrast of the two fabrics a lot.
The fit of this oversized top reminds me of the kind of bunnyhug you'd throw on to sit around the campfire, and so I also like it for the association with childhood summers. Because it's an oversized style, I lengthened the body by 2", so it was a balanced length for the style I wanted. But I also shortened the sleeve by 2".
I know that this is a hoodie I will actually wear, and it was a form of 'craftivism' for me, as I spent most of the construction time listening to podcasts about Ukraine and thinking about the people I know there, and current events.
Very, very cool.ReplyDelete
Definitely a statement piece! ✌ (It also looks like you're very comfortable in it.) Best of luck in the contest!ReplyDelete
Thanks, I like it a lot! I don't often make casual clothes so this was a double challenge for me :)Delete
What a marvelous way to express your support of Ukraine!ReplyDelete
I feel so helpless and hopeless about the matter. Your action of making a Ukraine-themed garment gives me hope for the world.
It really helped to focus on doing something while listening to all the podcast info. There are many charities who are involved with various assistance right now, and all I can really do practically is donate to them. But this project helped with the feelings of hopelessness.Delete
Wow, this project and the story of support behind this is beautiful and incredibly thoughtful. Thanks for sharing the podcast links. Good luck with round 1 of the Sew Bee.ReplyDelete
Thanks Graca. It was worth making just for myself, so I am happy I did it. Probably wouldn't have come up with this project without the push from the Bee, so I'm pleased that it all worked together so well.Delete
When I first saw your image, without reading any of it, I thought it is not often we see Melanie in anything so relaxed! And it looks good on you, and gives a comfortable, relaxed image. I like what the embellishment reflects - it is a difficult time we are living in. So sad.ReplyDelete
The Sewing Bee is a great idea - I must look at Pattern Review more often and participate in the future. It looks like fun. Usually I only check out patterns I want to make, but want to see how they really look on others who have made them, and read their comments.
I can't wait for the Great British Sewing Bee to start in a week. It is show I just enjoy watching.
Yes, this isn't my usual style! But I do like it and it was a satisfying process.Delete
I love the Great British Sewing Bee as well and am really looking forward to it!!
I haven't worn a hoodie in years, but a little inspired by your post, my daughter and I have made one each using the Cashmerette hoodie pattern. I also made the size according to their online calculator (which was not the size I would have normally 'chosen'). It makes a fitted, shorter hoodie, surprisingly comfortable, if you are ever interested in making another.Delete