A Craftsy hoodie

Autumn has well and truly settled in here in Canberra, and so I've embarked on a project to make some winter clothes for my husband and myself.

First, I made my husband some pants, then I decided to make him a matching hoodie.

Conveniently enough, I'd recently signed up for Meg McElwee's Sewing with knits course on Craftsy!

Unfortunately, this pattern is quite curvy and definitely not suitable for a man. Note to self: hoodies are not gender neutral. You've always just stolen your husband's ones, and it turns out there is indeed such a thing as a ladies' hoodie.

Fortunately, I love it! It's comfy and warm and fits just right, hugging my chest then flaring slightly to flatteringly cover any post-lunch paunch. The hood is just the right size and the overlap at the front is just enough to keep the warmth in. As you might have guessed, everything about this hoodie is just right.

Here it is:

What, you thought I'd have a photo of myself wearing it? I'm far too camera-shy for that!

Since this was clearly a woman's hoodie, I had to make another one for him. Fortunately, I had heaps of fabric left over (I honestly have no idea how much I originally bought. I still have at least enough left for a baby onesie!).

I dragged out the rest of the pattern pieces for Simplicity 1721 and traced out the men's top (minus the neck band and patch pocket), grabbed the hood pattern piece from Meg's pattern, and threw it all together in most of an afternoon.

Well, not quite that easily. I ran out of thread just as I finished top-stitching the neckline, so had to wait until last Friday night to buy some more and finish hemming the sleeves and bottom edge. But if I hadn't run out, it would have been done that afternoon, or that evening at least.

And so I present to you my husband's final outfit, resplendent in all its drab greyness:

 The husband is also a little camera-shy, but what does that matter when the star of the show is front and centre?

The husband is also a little camera-shy, but what does that matter when the star of the show is front and centre?