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Yuri's hoodie

Added Mar 7, 2010

by susanne2011

Perth, Australia






I made this hoodie for my boyfriend (or fianc I should say :) ) Yuri. I copied one of his favorite hoodies for the pattern and added an octopus cut out of fake leather to make it all a little bit more interesting. The hoodie is completely lined: it consists of two layers of jersey (the jersey was quite thin so I decided to line it with the same fabric to give it a bit more body). I must say that this project gave me a bit of a headache as this jersey was extremely stretchy. Way too stretchy for a hoodie and I actually never worked with stretch fabric before. Thank God I have an overlocker, so for the normal seams this was ok, but for the finishing touches (e.g. topstitching) it was a nightmare. I tried using a twin needle for the first time in my life which was really a challenge. At some point I thought I should throw this entire hoodie in the bin, but Yuri convinced me that he really liked it and that I should continue. And in the end it all worked out. Yuri already wore it when going out yesterday and he was complemented by his friends. I am really happy with the result, but the next time I will try to get more thicker, less stretchy jersey…I guess I have learned something new! :)

(sorry for the slightly pixelated photos, photography is not my strong point :) )

Material Notes

Jersey / zipper / fake leather




Garment Type

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    Aug 23, 2010, 02.32 AMby chiltonknighttt

    Yeah I’m trying to make my boyfriend a sweatshirt but I’m having a hard time with not giving away the surprise. Maybe I’ll do what you did and just borrow one of his sweatshirts. Was it hard to make it fit correctly?

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      Aug 23, 2010, 08.44 AMby susanne2011

      Getting the fit right was not too hard, especially when you take one of his favorite sweaters and trace it for the pattern. I did end up putting some elastic in the waistband, to make it come together a bit more at the waist. I’m sure you can pull it off! Looking forward to the result!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 10.19 AMby roarah

    Super cool hoodie. In fact my husband saw it over my shoulder & now he wants one too!

    BTW I understand what you mean about the fabric. I’ve done that too many times… sometimes it’s worked & sometimes it goes horribly wrong, I’m glad to hear you perservered though, the end result is fantastic.

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    Mar 11, 2010, 02.36 PMby Najdiz Gore

    It’s so cool, Sus.(jealous). Did you cut the old sweatshirt up to draw the pattern? Or just copied it with your eyes? I know the feeling, where you’re about to throw your projects into the bin haha.. I’m glad you have Yuri to convince you otherwise. I have to see this one IRL!

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      Mar 11, 2010, 04.22 PMby susanne2011

      Hi Naaja! No, I didn’t want to cut up his favorite hoodie, he wouldn’t have been to happy if I did that!
      What I did was lay the old hoodie on a piece of pattern paper and then stick pins along the seams through the old hoodie. In this way you make tiny little holes in the paper, and with a pen I connect these holes and voila, there is your pattern piece (you have to add a little bit of seam allowance).

      Does that make sense? It is quite a simple method and a nice way to reproduce clothes that fit nicely!

      See you soon! x

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    Mar 8, 2010, 09.04 AMby pemvandepar

    mooi gedaan suus! yuri boft maar met jou. ik heb ook een hoodie gemaakt (maar dan voor mezelf) van dun jersey en heeft me ook wat stress gegeven. foto’s binnenkort online ;)

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    Mar 7, 2010, 08.57 PMby pixelink

    To me it looks expertly finished and the octopus is very cool, almost looks like a brand label… after all your issues the result is a success!

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    Mar 7, 2010, 12.29 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    You’ve done a great job, good colour choice and the octopus is so cool! I’m glad you stuck with it as well, worth the headache. Maybe next time try some sweatshirting material? It is thicker and less stretchy. I know what you mean though, I just finished a wrap dress in a stretch jersey, it has been a while since I sewed with it and managed to break my twin needled within an hour of starting argh, but we learn :) I am starting a project for my fiance this week (muslin first) hope my boy likes what I make as much as your Yuri likes what you made him.

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      Mar 7, 2010, 12.56 PMby susanne2011

      Hi! Yes, you are absolutely right! I should have bought different fabric, but the store I went to did not sell it, and it was at the end of the afternoon on Saturday when all shops close and I really wanted to make this project on the Sunday, so I decided to go with this jersey. Do you know the feeling? Haha!

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