It's done! Whew! This FELT like it took forever, as most things I make for the Rileyman do. They're just so much bigger than Q and Sawyer sized clothes, they feel like such sllllloooooow projects.
I used the Reversible Zippy Hoodie pattern from Kitschycoo for this one. It totally gets two thumbs up in my book. Amanda's instructions, particularly when connecting the sleeves, are spot on. I've had several other patterns try to get me to connect sleeves this way, but I could never wrap my head around what they were telling me to do until seeing the photos are reading the instructions in this pattern.
I made a couple of changes to the pattern, mainly to make it large enough for Riley. I used the size 8 pattern, but added two inches in length to the jacket, an inch in length to the sleeves, a half inch in width to the sleeves, and I lengthened the cuffs by 2 inches. Riley is VERY tall, so I think the pattern was true to size, and I knew going in I would need to alter it a bit. I think I will give the sleeves ANOTHER inch next time I sew this.
The fabric is a yellow sweatshirt fleece (from JoAnn's, on sale, with a coupon) and Echino cars in black (SPLURGE!). The cuffs and trim are red rib knit from JoAnn's.
There are a few problems with my hoodie. So, I didn't do such a hot job with the knit, and it looks like I stretched it a bit oddly while sewing in some places. After I finished and zipped it up, I notice that my pockets aren't even either! BOOOOO. I somehow cut the yellow back piece larger than the car back piece, so I actually had to make a little pleat in the back of the yellow side to make them fit together. Finally, I lengthened the main body pieces, but forgot to account for that in my zipper, so my zipper is actually a few inches short. Despite the lack of perfection, Riley seems very excited about it.
Ok, so maybe not in THAT picture, but seriously, he seemed very enthusiastic. :)
Confession time: this isn't actually totally complete. It still needs a side seam stitched up, and the zipper top-stitched. Why, you ask? BECAUSE I RAN OUT OF BLACK THREAD. Who runs out of black thread? Oh wait, I do. I also ran out of diapers today so I guess I shouldn't be so surprised. I need to get some more tonight because my little man wants to wear this tomorrow!
So Riley, what's the verdict?