I must have a congenit flaw that stops me from getting properly organized beforehand, so that when I finally commit to a DIY project I always remember halfway to snap some pictures of the different steps to have a tutorial afterwards.
This is to apologise for the lousy pictures, I started at sunset and finished after dinner, the lighting is what it is, but I hope it’s enough to understand.
I’m very happy with the result, I now have a hood that I can wear with any coat, it’s big, floppy, pointy, patchwork and vaguely medieval, what could I ask more of it?
It all started with two small pieces of sari borders my friend gave me… what to do with them? What could I use them for? Not much after all, but they were so pretty it would be a pity to waste them.
What you’ll need:
– fabric scraps (or one big cut of fabric, if you do not want it patchwork)
– fabric scissors (or cutting board and rotary cuttery, I luuuurve these two)
– needle and thread (sewing machine to speed this up, I highly recommend!)
– taylor’s chalk
– taylor’s measuring tape
– newspaper paper and pencil
– hooks and/or buttons
– optional: a hoodie with a pointy hood to take some measurements from, or any kind of hoodie to do the same and you can freehand the point
– time and patience
This is the basic idea: a hood that is attached only to a collar to stay put undeneath a coat; so, hood, strip of fabric around the neck, and some sort of “collar” to lay on your shoulders and that tucks under other clothes.
I started laying the pointy hoodie flat on the table, to have an overall idea of the measurements and amount of fabric.
Then I folded in half the two sari pieces, placing them in a row: I wanted these to be the front part of my hood.
After that, this is a step that is non essential to you, I went through the seven hells to undo a velvet skirt while complimenting endlessly the seamstress who sew it first, it was almost unbreakable!
With those velvet pieces, measuring carefully, I added the pieces I needed for my patchwork to complete the hood.
With immense patience I pinned my “add-ons” to my fabric strips and sewn, then I pinned all the strips and sewn them together.
When I got to a good dimension of a patchwork, one that allowed me to keep my head warm without having the hood to pull on my forhead nor on the nape of my neck (like the striped one I used as model does a little bit… Granada, you’re an amazing city and this hoodie is a great souvenir, but it’s just a tad small, that’s it!) I folded everything in half, confronted my hood-to-be with the striped one and drew a diagonal line, with the taylor’s chalk, to start having a pointy shape.
I pinned and sewn what I cut off to make the actual point.
After that I sew closed the hood.
And hemmed the front.
Next step: a ring of fabric to rest around my neck.
I measured my neck, keeping the tape loose, I decided on how many CM I wanted to overlap for the closing (5 were good), I added one more CM per side as seam allowance and then, adjusting it properly I attached the hood I had just made.
Here comes the annoying bit, the collar.
Since I had no idea whatsoever on how to make a collar, I went the easy way: copy.
I took a shirt I have, with a round collar that is not too snug, folded it in half (I had the sleeve in the middle, facing me) so that I could have a clear view of the neckline, front to back.
I traced that line on paper, marking where the shoulder seam was, then I freehanded the collar I wanted.
You can go wild here, with points, circular collars, half capes, or nothing of this…
I cut my paper pattern then cut two specular pieces in fabric.
I’ve pinned and sewn the two halves so that I had a “free flap” to be able to wear my hood and close it.
I was using non-stretchy fabric, so I couldn’t wear it from my head, I had to have an opening!
This bit required a good amount of imagination and trials.
When I found the way I liked more, so that the front could be covered as well, I pinned everything down and sewn.
I hemmed anything that needed hemming.
I made the buttonhole with my sewing machine and hand sewn the button.
Then I also added a hook on the shoulder to keep the collar in place once I had the hood on.
I trimmed all loose threads and I flaunted my hood around going from my husband to the mirror for, like, fifteen good minutes.
Now I’ve made one and I’ve already been in a fight with my mind that sometimes doesn’t want to imagine things properly, I can say that making another one won’t be so messy (it’s not hard, it just have a lot of steps).
The very cool thing, now, is that any coat I might have can also have a hoodie, muhuhahahahah!!!