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January 13, 2018

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I’ve been spending a lot of time Pinteresting “fabric manipulation.” Seriously, people know how to do some beautiful things with fabric. Last night I got lost in this particular search for over two hours, but this morning I woke up with a plan to make a black fleece hoody using some of the braiding that I saw on Pinterest.

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I started by trying out different sizes for the braiding–the fabric is fleece and the strip is pleather. I decided to go with the smallest size, with strips two inches long and .4 inches wide.

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After I figured out the braiding, I needed to figure the hood. I wanted my hood to wrap and to create a cowl neck, like in the picture above. I’m not sure who to credit for the picture–it’s not mine–I found it on Pinterest. If it’s yours, please tell me and I will definitely credit you or take it down.

I didn’t have a pattern for this hood, so I decided to make my own. I started with the hood that I drafted to use with the Jalie dolman pattern.

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In order to create the wrap effect, I did not cut it on the fold. Instead, I continued the face-opening line down on a diagonal. The pattern piece ended up looking like this

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I cut two of these out of fleece and sewed them together along the back/top seam. Then I began adding the braiding. I basted two lines around the face opening to use as guides–one was 1 inch away from the edge and the other was 3 inches from the edge.

 

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I then folded this 2 inch area (within the basting lines) in half and cut bands that were approximately .4 inches wide.

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Once the bands were cut, I opened the fold, removed the basting, and braided a pleather strip through. After I finished the braiding, I decided to line the hood with the same black fleece that I was using. I cut two more hood pieces, sewed them together, and attached them to the hood exterior. I then bound the face opening area with a strip of black pleather.

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I assembled the rest of the hoodie using the front, back, and sleeves from Jalie 3667. Again, I cut these pieces in a size Y, even though my measurements are size T. I straightened the hem line on the front and back  and shortened them by about 3 inches.

I used the pocket pattern from Kwik Sew 3045 and reduced it a bit and then added it to the front. I bound the hand openings in the pleather. Finally I cut strips of pleather 6 inches wide, folded them in half, and sewed the ends together to make the waistband and cuffs.

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This was a very fun sew! Once again I am posting way too many pictures!

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From → Stuff I Made

5 Comments
  1. I love this!

  2. MLGA730 permalink

    This looks great – love the embellishment!

  3. Paula permalink

    Oh you did a fantastic job. The effort you put into this shows.

  4. Verona permalink

    Fabulous. Inspired me to go hunting for fabric effects

  5. Your embellishment efforts are gorgeous! Keep em coming! 8-D

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