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The theme for this month’s Crafting Con entry is “Once Upon A Time”. When I saw this theme, I was so excited. I had so many ideas in my brain, it was hard to narrow it down to just one! In the end I decided to use the knight hoodie, make a few adjustments, and turn it into a dragon hoodie. My son loves the movie How To Train Your Dragon. He has also enjoyed the audio books from Audible. That’s where my inspiration came from. At any rate, we had a blast creating this amazing hoodie and he is super proud of the results.
I think this project turned out so well and ended up being so much fun because I designed it totally at the request of my son. He drew what he wanted, I went to work. This sweatshirt is so much better because of his input. It truly never would have turned out so awesome if he hadn’t told me how to make it. I also think he wouldn’t love it as much either if I had sewn it the way I thought it should look. :)
Double scales down the back? No problem! Instead of cutting the back on the fold as instructed in the pattern, I cut out 2 mirror images and added a 1/2 inch seam allowance to the center back. This gave me enough room to sew the scales and then insert them in the center back seam.
Let’s talk about the hood! I trimmed the knight extension off the top of the hood. I used that piece as a template so that the scales would curve around the hood nicely and added the pointy scales. I sewed them together and turned them so they would stand up nicely. I didn’t add any interfacing into the tips of the points and I’m pleased with how nicely they stand up. I left off all of the other knight details because, well, he’s not a knight. Now he’s a dragon!
Another change that I made to the hoodie is that I added dragon scales into the sleeves instead of the knight armor pieces. I added an additional 3 inch band below the first sleeve cut and inserted dragon scales into that section as well. I also added spikes onto the opening edges of the front pockets. All this at his request. I was getting pretty sick of sewing scales by this time, but I happily finished them at his request.
|Spikes added to the front pocket openings|
|Scales added into the sleeve pieces|
Crafting Con is about digging into your inner geek-iness and making an article of clothing that “hints” at the theme, but isn’t a costume. It’s not supposed to be super totally obvious as far as the connection to the theme goes simply because it’s not a costume. It’s supposed to be something that your child could wear everyday while simply hinting at their favorite thing. Here’s what I love most about this theme…it can be interpreted so many different ways.
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