Miss Bossy’s Avocado Hoodie

Almost May and I’ve just finished my The Monthly Stitch sewing challenge. Well done me! I knew I had to make it a March & April mash-up, and you all chose so very well for me: The Avocado Hoodie by talented Mari of Seamster Patterns / Disparate Disciplines.

Almost finished hoodie (I only needed to overlock all the inside seams)

I did a very analogue vote count, by tallying the comments on my blog post, via Twitter and via Instagram. Unfortunately, I’ve been on a bit of a sewing room organisational spree and tossed out the bit of paper I’d tallied everything up upon, but the winner by a nose was Avo Hoodie, followed closely by Sureau dress, then Thurlow trousers, then Tiramisu dress.  So, they will be the order of my sewing in the near future, distractions permitted.  And I’ll be swapping around Thurlow and Sureau, but only because I need to make a muslin of the Thurlow trousers, and I suspect I’ll work on all losers of the vote intermittently.

(Did your eyes just read what I just wrote?  “Make a muslin.” I don’t think I know who I am anymore.)

{by the way, I’ve finished the Jedidiah trousers; I’m just waiting for my partner to model them… I might be waiting a while …}

{also, also, by another way, I interrupted the sewing of Jedidiah trousers to complete a boring, but still awesome, navy Lady Belladone Skater dress.  I posted her to Kollabora, because she belongs there more than here.  There are reasons.}

Oops.  I’ve tangentialised so much I’ve lost my thought thread.

I showed you a picture of my “blue & brights” knit stash.  And then I went on a wee fabric shopping spree with Elizabeth of Sewn By (can you guess?) Elizabeth and ended up with some grey and green striped French terry from the Alannah Hill outlet.  Plus some other fabric to add to my ever increasing stash.  Interestingly, I shortly thereafter attended another sewing meet-up, in honour of Amanda from Symondezyn, who was visiting all the way from Canada, where there was another fabric shopping spree and I escaped with nothing.  The reason was (and this is the part I found interesting though you may yawn in boredom) I actually felt ill when in The Fabric Store, knowing how much fabric I had at home, and how little time I had to sew it up.  I’ve felt this a few times, so I must have a tipping point beyond which I cannot acquire more fabric without feeling ill.  Actually, physically ill.  Intriguing, no? Anybody else experience this? Is it in the DSMV?

I’ve never successfully stripe matched.  And the avocado hoodie is not a pattern to try it on.  Probably a more experienced and less impetuous sewist than me would have realised a princess seamed pattern, using fabric where the print wasn’t on grain was going to be stripe matching hell.  Well, friends, it was.  First, I made pattern for all pieces cut on the fold, so that I cut everything I a single layer, and very carefully.  Then I hand-basted seams (hand-basted! On a knit!). I’m kind of amazed at how many times I unpicked seams, that I had basted to try to get everything matched, until I realised it either just was not going to happen or I’d be sewing the hoodie as a Sisyphean endeavour for my hubris in believing I could stripe match.  Also, it got cold and I needed something warm to wear, so I just got on with it, matching most of the stripes in the front torso area and accepting that I was defeated everywhere else.  

 So very close.

Next time I’m stroking some lovely striped knit fabric, someone please hit me.  I need some negative conditioning away from striped knits.  Seam matching does not at all suit my sewing style.

I’ve been using Mari’s sewalong posts, which provides excellent additional guidance, especially with the pocket tabs because I did not do them right on my Partner’s hoodie.  Other modifications I did was sew the pocket tabs down, and line the hood. 

I could use some guidance on how to sew this thumb hole bit, but I muddled along reasonably well.

Pocket tab sewn down.

Hood lining, in homage to its origins.

The pocket lining fabric happens to be an old Threadless t-shirt of my Partner’s, and there was just enough fabric to cut a hood as well, except that the print would show.  I contemplated having the hood lining be inside out, and then decided it’d be kinda nice for the hood to pay homage to its origins.  So the print is on display.  I rather like it.

Also, you should all know that I sewed this entirely on a basic sewing machine, which does admittedly have stretch sewing capability.  I’ve wanted an over locker for ages, but a few events have conspired to mean that I don’t wish to currently expend the money that a good over locker will cost, and probably won’t in the foreseeable future.  But with switching out different feet on my little machine, I’m getting pretty good results sewing knits.  Because I sew (& wear) a lot of knits. For the avocado hoodie, I used my walking foot, over locker foot, plain foot and blind hem foot (for top-stitching).  Using the walking foot was a revelation, and though it is a wee bit of a nuisance to switch out, I’m definitely doing this more often.  

The insides, to demonstrate overlooking capabilities of a basic machine, helped along by walking foot and over locker foot.



    1. Thanks! My partner reminds me that probably only I (and other sewists…) would care. He’s also now requested a striped hoodie, and he says he’s not bothered by the stripes matching or not … but I will probably still try!


  1. That turned out really nicely – I might have to get on with mine now, lol, it’s been sitting in the pile far too long!
    And I kinda know the feeling, only I have it when I buy exceptionally expensive tech gadgets, which happened today. My old phone was dying, so I treated myself to a brand new iPhone. When I left the shop, I literally felt physically ill 😀 but I love it already, so all good.


      1. Here in southern Spain we’re kinda at the tail end of spring 😀 it’s short sleeves and sun protection weather already! So different after the gloom of the UK, lol.

  2. I’ve actually turned fabric sensible & only got one new piece of fabric when I was in Brisbane. Outrageous! I think I’m ‘growing up’…. *sigh*
    Great job with the sewing machine. I think we get spoilt with the overlockers and discount the might of the humble sewing machine, it’s a jack of all trades!!


    1. I’m quite surprised at my little machine’s capabilities. I have grumbled about its stretch sewing, but the fix was to get over the (very tiny) annoyance of changing sewing feet, and once that was done, all worked smoothly, even triple stretch stitch which has never been successful; it just needed the walking foot to help it along!

      Well done on fabric sensible, but also, it was Brisbane! I’m allowed to dis Brisbane because I grew up there; you would not have resisted Melbourne fabric shopping – I just know.


      1. There was an obscene amount of merino jersey on offer but the sweltering weather kinda put me off sheep products LOL.
        Fortunately there was a very seductive shoe shop nearby…

  3. This is looking great and the stripe matching looks pretty darn good to me!! Especially on a princess seam 🙂
    I too am trying to get a handle on my stash – so far so good, it now fits where it should. If only the stores would stop having sales, I struggle to resist a bargain 🙂


    1. Thanks! I do like it, even if I see the mismatch all the time. I’m hopeful other people might not …
      Yes, a stash that fits in its rightful place … that is probably my tipping point!


  4. Aww I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you when I visited!! 🙂 It was one of the supreme highlights of our trip (aside from getting engaged of course haha). I can’t imagine feeling nauseous in the Fabric Store – I was so goggled by all the amazing fabrics on offer, and REALLY had to restrain myself – haha!! I suppose if it was more accessible, that would change things 😉 But then again, I’m weak LOL

    I love the hoodie, and really love the inside of the hood – how adorable! IMO, stripe matching doesn’t count on cosy clothes. I bet it’s super comfy and will get worn so much you won’t even think about something as futile as ‘stripe matching’ ^__^


    1. A great pleasure to have met you, too, Amanda, and congratulations again on the engagement! Yes, I think I will enjoy the hoodie quite a bit, especially as it’s getting rather grey, cold and wet in Melbourne …(PS: I’ve also fixed your blog name in my post. Naughty me for getting that wrong!)


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