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Hell in a Handbasket

Added Jan 14, 2009

by suhleenah

Redmond, Washing...






Handmade hoody designed and sewn by me in summer 2008. I used a basket-weaving technique to form the center back and cuffs. The body is my basic raglan-style hoody pattern (drafted by me) as the basis for this design.

Material Notes

vintage 100% cotton sweatshirt fabric, 3 zippers





pro photos by www.liminist.com

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    Oct 26, 2010, 08.21 AMby infinite-plus-one

    Amazing (:

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    Mar 21, 2009, 12.16 PMby scrumptiousdelight

    Wonderful! I love that you’ve carried the detail to the sleeve!

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    Mar 21, 2009, 11.39 AMby suhleenah

    I sincerely appreciate the nice comments! I’d love to see other people using this technique. Indeed the back sections are OPEN between the weave. That’s part of what I love about this jacket- warm but still shows skin!

    You can make a similar jacket using your favorite pattern in a variety of different fabrics! This technique looks great used on a variety of different sections (yokes, center back, cuffs, upper sleeve, etc.)— be creative! I cut cross-grain strips the entire width of the fabric, then stitched them into finished “tubes” – then carefully weave them together on a flat surface— , pinning at all the junctions. Lay the woven piece on top of the template or pattern you are using and carefully cut the woven piece to match. I suggest using a bigger seam allowance- perhaps 1". I hand-baste all the edges just inside of where I will be doing the final pass of stitching. Then, use the section just like a regular piece. Be sure to baste it in before doing the final stitching— check carefully to be sure all the cut edges of the woven section are on the wrong side and not showing from the right side. Depending on the fabric you use, this CAN be a thick seam— so hammer/clapper it if needed to flatten enough to pass through your sewing machine. Thin cotton fleeces are able to go through my serger at the side seam, but do a trial pass FIRST before being set on getting the sections through your serger!

    I added a picture of another hoody i made using this same design that shows topstitching all about— this won’t work with a thick fabric, but will with a thinner one.

    I also do a similar design without the finished tubes (see on etsy) that is much easier. I’ve used it to make shirts, dresses, skirts and jackets! (and, sortof— with a plastic dress i posted here on burdastyle!

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    Feb 5, 2009, 04.00 PMby dryeyes

    Awesome!Im still trying to figure out how you did it.

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    Jan 23, 2009, 03.06 PMby spetrovich

    i like how there is a touch of a collar when the hood is down

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    Jan 23, 2009, 02.52 PMby joboenvogue

    This is sickk. I LOVE your creativity.

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    Jan 22, 2009, 09.26 PMby gma

    Is the back open under the basket weave? I love the design. You did a fantastic job. Love it!

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    Jan 16, 2009, 07.04 AMby punkspark

    this is a work of art. thumbs up for the design!

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    Jan 15, 2009, 03.18 PMby bola

    WOW this is REALLY cool!!

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    Jan 15, 2009, 08.25 AMby Erin E

    WOW what a great idea! Excellently made!

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    Jan 15, 2009, 07.30 AMby erdronen

    wow! great hoodie! i want one :)

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    Jan 15, 2009, 04.49 AMby jenshepard

    Very unique…well done!

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    Jan 15, 2009, 01.40 AMby anajan


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    Jan 15, 2009, 12.01 AMby victors

    That is amazing, definately one of a kind!! love it ;)

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    Jan 14, 2009, 11.35 PMby shmuci

    wow ! :)

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    Jan 14, 2009, 09.51 PMby juebejue

    its super duper wicked!

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    Jan 14, 2009, 07.00 PMby arete999

    Very cool!Really unique!

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    Jan 14, 2009, 04.39 PMby ilovesit

    super cool

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    Jan 14, 2009, 04.10 PMby ashchaser

    this is awesome!

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