Hoodie Hoodlums

4.05.2014

One of the great things about having a toddler is using them as justification for fabric purchases.  Traa laa laa, I'm buying fox print cotton for my kid, not because I want it.  No, no I swear, it for him. *Beats toddler off fabric when he tries to take it*  My latest "kid" fabric purchase was this skulls sweatshirting from Kitschy Coo.  It was too awesome to pass up, period. I concocted the idea of matching Mother/Son hoodies to block out the "you should be stashbusting" voice.   Hush up voice, I got some family bonding to do.
I'll also admit that I dreamed of adorable photos a la Katie and Myra in our matching hoodies.  Yeah, that didn't happen.  Half of the photos are of me trying to drag Desmond into the shot while he goes limp and flops to the ground.  Thanks son, I pull the same trick the next time you yell about needing to bake cookies.  "Oh no, I can't reach the mixer from the floor. Guess they'll be no cookies today." Then he'll try to jump on me like a trampoline....maybe I should come up with a Plan B.
My hoodie is the Kitschy Coo Penny Pinafore hack with added kangaroo pocket. I'd thought about adding a kangaroo pocket to the navy version, but didn't want to break up the color accent. On this version it was time for pockets precious, pockets!  My iPod never had it so good.
Desmond is wearing the Kitschy Coo Reversible Zippy Hoodie. His version is not reversible, cause the skulls are too awesome, but is fully lined with some black jersey scraps.  I'm super jealous of his lining, it makes the whole thing twice as lush. He is more interested in sticks. "Phew, Phew!"

Pattern
Kitschy Coo Reversible Zippy Hoodie - sewn in a 4T size, which is what Des is currently wearing. The pattern comes in the size range of 18m-8 years. Sweet!

Fabrics used
Sugar Skulls sweatshirting, which is more like a beefy french terry. It has a looped back which you can see in this shot of the inside of my hoodie.
Also used Black cotton/lycra ribbing and black jersey scraps.

Pattern changes/alterations
Sewing for kids is fun, no alterations needed!  Modeling with kids, that's a different story. Stop trying to Escape!

Confessions/Advice
- The "working for now" coverstitch machine was used to attach the kangaroo pockets and to hem the hood edge.

- Installing the zipper is a little fiddly because of having to mess with two layers of knit.  My biggest problem was matching the motifs since I couldn't see them with the lining in the way.  I ended up attaching the zipper to the shell only, then attaching the lining with a second seam. The lining hides all that mess and no one is the wiser.

Husband Comment
"Cool matching outfits. Now I need one, but I want it to be poncho."  - He's joking....I think.

My Final Thoughts
Kitschy Coo had a hoodie pattern so I didn't go searching around for alternatives.  I know that Amanda's patterns are well drafted and have good instructions. That makes sewing her patterns enjoyable and I'm always pleased with the final project. What more could you ask for?  Maybe a ton of Lillestoff to magically land in my back yard. "The knit gods are pleased!" Looks like Des has got the "knit rain dance" sorted out. You'd all better go indoors. "Blam, Blam, Blam!"

27 comments:

  1. Aww he is so cute :) I would like to say girls are a bit more compliant when modeling but my K puts up fits too. Katie is lucky with Myra! (I wonder how she bribes her...)
    LOVE the skulls and hoodies, they almost look like they would glow in the dark! And the fact that they match is even sweeter!

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  2. Love the matching outfits!! Sorry the mother/son photo didn't work as hoped. Maybe next year :)

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  3. Ahahahahaha, you two! You're too cute! I love the Des is trying to run out on you... crazy kid!

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  4. I love it so much I totally missed the part about you buying more fabric. ;) Des is super cute and I can only imagine what a photo shoot of the whole family would look like!

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  5. You both look great in spite of your unwilling model! Those skulls are just too cute! I think I need to use that idea of buying fabric for my daughter and sneaking some more in for me. Luckily she's a willing model, but always needs to give final photo approval which can be tough.

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  6. My son pretty much the *exact* same thing any time I want him to do something he doesn't want to do....

    Love the matching hoodies!! You should totally surprise your hubby with a matching poncho--be sure to get pix of his face when you unveil that bad boy. And if he doesn't actually like it, you can just use the fabric for something else. ;-)

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  7. Too cute! Added bonus: you can blackmail him when he is in high school and threaten to show these pictures to his girlfriend. Ought to get the car washed or the garage cleaned out at least with that threat. ;-)

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  8. So so cute, I love matching mother and son outfits! Such a boy playing with branches and drumming on lids!

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  9. Totes adorbs! Make the poncho. :) Oh, and we have exactly one photo of my nephew up until about the age of 14 where he's not mugging the camera. I like these shots; they show his personality. I wonder where he gets it from...

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  10. Des must have been in an extra contrary mood cause I tried bribing with peanut butter cups and he just yell NOOOOO! Who are you? You're not my son, he love candy!

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  11. I must have been brain impaired when I though a 3 year old could be directed. ;) Oh well, I do like the green in the skulls too. It makes them kind of "Day of the dead" like.

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  12. You know how toddlers are, "I can tell you want me to do this, so I'm really not doing it." At least we were warm taking pictures for once. #semiwin

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  13. There is nothing more fun than running from your mom while she yells, "Come back here and look at the camera!!!" Little stinker.

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  14. It was part of my February, "OMG how did I buy that much yardage" backslide. At least I've sewn a little of that up now. Yeah, let's justify it like that. ;)

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  15. Oh yeah, use that daughter to buy something cute and then double the yardage in the cart. The fabric purchase doesn't count then. Next we'll just brain wash your daughter a bit to get around the how photo approval thing. "They all look good, trust us!"

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  16. "Happy Birthday! You said you wanted a poncho." Haa haa haa, he'll never crack wise about my sewing again.

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  17. Hee heee, I'm gonna be the worst at the whole embarrassing stories. "Do you want me to pull up the video of you being a dog? I've got it right here."

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  18. Haa haa, he is being a little stereotypical boy. I also have pics of him messing with pieces of drain pipe which were on the deck. "Put that stuff down!"

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  19. My sisters kids know to smile for the camera but mine doesn't seem to have this gene. Oh well, I do like the bagging a lid with a stick photo.

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  20. I'm all about the mother-and-son hoodies! They look great!

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  21. www.tresbienensemble.comApril 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    These are FAB! I love that you and Des have matching hoodies. I think you should take your husband's request to heart and make him one too- maybe not the poncho part, as entertaining a photoshoot as that would be. :-D

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  22. You both look awesome! Photographing toddlers is hard. Really really hard. They only stay still when asleep.
    I hope the cover stitch stops being a PITA. I love your knit makes!

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  23. Both hoodies are awesome, and you two look cute together! (adding a second adult in the same outfit -even if it is as epic as a skull-poncho- might get you a few weird stares)

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  24. LOL! We will have to imagine the poncho photo shoot in our heads. Des will be semi out of frame while we try to drag him back in.

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  25. Ugh so true about toddlers never staying still. Part of me longs for the day where they couldn't move and you could just prop them up against stuff. ;)

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  26. With a skull poncho we'd turn into one of those weird families. LOL. I guess we are already but people don't know it yet.

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  27. Fantastic! you two are so cute. I love Des's lined one too, it looks so cosy. That's a pretty cute kid you have there. Typical to not stop for pics... then they become teens and take a million bajillion selfies...every fifteen minutes!

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