I finally did some long-overdue sewing for my husband and am so excited to be able to share it!
I received this pattern for free in exchange for testing, but all opinions are my own.
This is the Finlayson Hoodie, new from Thread Theory! I’ve been eying their patterns for quite a while now and have just been a bit nervous to actually plunge into making something for Andy. It’s funny, but when I tell someone I made myself a garment, I get a lot of “That’s so cool! I wish I could do that!”s. I’ve always felt that if Andy were to tell someone I made him something, they’d be more like “Oh…. Can I buy you a sandwich or something? You must have fallen on some hard times, man…” There’s kind of a fine line between hand crafted and hand made when it comes to menswear, in my opinion :)
Then about a month ago, I got an email from Thread Theory saying they had a new pattern and were looking for testers with lots of experience with knits. That’s right up my alley, so of course I applied! And, wow, I’m glad I did! My cousin and his wife happened to be over the day I finished this – he picked it up and went “You made this? No way! It looks legit!” And legit it is! I used the professional finish options – they took a little longer, but are sooo worth it. And I used my regular sewing machine for the whole thing – don’t think you need a serger for this!
Morgan, the wife of the husband-and-wife team behind Thread Theory, is seriously one of the coolest designers I’ve worked with so far! She was readily available to answer questions, her pattern was a dream to read and sew from, and she even incorporated a few of my feedback ideas into the finished pattern! How awesome is that? And in case you need another reason to be convinced of her coolness, she’s letting me give away a copy of the Finlayson Sweater! Scroll to the end for the Rafflecopter.
On to some details about the pattern (you can read more in her post here). The sweater can be made as a cowl neck or a hoodie. There are two different cuff options that can be chosen based on the type of knit you are using. I used a sweater knit from Girl Charlee – it’s incredibly soft and so easy to work with. I have some in pink and fully intend to make myself a Finlayson as soon as I can – it doesn’t have a ton of stretch, so I will use the wider cuff option.
On the left is the inner neck line. Both the back of the neck and the shoulder seams can be finished with twill tape to stabilize them. I lined the hood with this lightweight striped knit which I also used for the neckline facing – that’s an optional, but oh-so-professional touch! I also used the twill tape the finish the inside edges of the kangaroo pocket (on the right) – this is one of my ideas that has been added to the pattern. I don’t have the time/inclination to draft my own patterns right now, so seeing that I’ve been helpful is one of the reasons I love testing so much! It feels like I had a hand in the pattern making process :)
Poor Andy. We had to run out at 7:30 in the morning to get these pictures (which is why the light is kind of harsh) because this month has been so hot! It’s been hitting 90 degrees by eight o’clock every morning! He suffered through though :)
And of course, one of things that make this feel like a grown-up hoodie is the shawl collar. It’s so much easier than it looks – all the steps are clearly written and accompanied by illustrations, so it’s easy to see what’s going on. I love that such a professional pattern gives such professionals results!
OK – ready to win a copy for your man (or yourself!)? Enter the giveaway below. It’s open until midnight 8/12/14 and the winner will be emailed no later than 8/14/14. Good luck!