It took me a very long time to make something for Mike. Because he’s picky. And he’s a perfectionist. It’s hard to want to make something for someone you think will critique every stitch. But first we looked for the perfect fabric, and then the perfect pattern, and finally we found the Finlayson.
I used a sweater knit that I found at a local fabric store (Fabric Place Basement in Natick if you’re local), and instead of just lining the hood, I lined the whole thing with a gray quilted jersey I found on Etsy. I loved this jersey, until I saw how it wore after I made a bunch of things with it. It just hasn’t held up all that well.
Anyhow, this is one of the few projects that I made a full muslin for because I’m pretty lazy, but I knew he would be really particular. I was glad I did. I didn’t change much, but I got some extra practice with attaching the hood, and I knew I’d need to take in the sides a tiny bit – he likes slimmer fitting arms and sides.
The pattern made me nervous – I hadn’t done too many hoods or kangaroo pockets, but they have a great sewalong and I used that even more than I used the instructions. I love sewalongs. I had a bit of trouble with the hood still – I think it had to do with having extra bulk, and also the sweater knit was a bit stretchy and slippery. And I don’t love how it lays, but it’s 90% for show anyways – he doesn’t really ever put the hood on. The kangaroo pocket instructions were great, and I’ve actually used it to modify other patterns with kangaroo pockets because this way just makes more sense.
If I made it again, I’d also make the cuffs and waistband a bit wider – just personal preference.
All in all, I was really pleased with it – and he wears it! Well, he wore it a lot at first, and then randomly bought a ton of hoodies, but it’s still in the rotation, which is an accomplishment.
I like Thread Theory patterns a lot. I’ve also made the Strathcona Henley and the Camas Blouse. Their patterns always go together very neatly during the paper construction and the instructions are well-written (although I cannot recommend the sewalongs enough – please make one for the Camas ASAP!).