Christmas Present – Colour blocked hoodie

And now, to start off a few posts showing off “What I Gave” this year (ok I’m a little late), here’s the hooded sweatshirt I made for my main squeeze, James.

James really liked the look of the men’s sweatshirt in the December 2009 Burda magazine and when I asked him which colour(s) he’d like it in, he proceeded to sketch the sweatshirt and fill in all the sections with the colours he wanted, plus where he’d like some added piping, too. Looks like I had a tough bill to fill in time for Christmas…

You can’t tell from the tech drawing or the magazine photo but the raglan sleeve seams match up with the hood swoops, so you get a really cool lines of colour up the arms and over the head when you look at it from the side:

And the back view:

Burda actually call for the whole sweatshirt to be lined in “teddy bear plush” with the sleeves lined in quilted satin, but I didn’t think James would want a massively bulky sweatshirt so I only lined the hood (in green interlock to match the piping), and we also added piping to the raglan sleeve seams, the hood seams, and the front and back princess (prince?) seams to accentuate the cool seaming. I also added ring snaps to the kangaroo pockets to make stuff less likely to fall out (but I did it before I folded the opening edge over so you can’t see the snaps from the outside!).

I know he likes it because he had so much input in the design stage, but the true test was in the wearing – he’s barely taken it off since Christmas day!

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