Monday, July 25, 2011
Army blanket hoody
This hooded jacket was a birthday gift for my brother.
The pattern was a 1978 mens hooded zip front jacket which I picked up at an op shop. I made a few changes to the sizing and sleeve length, plus I omitted the outer pockets, replacing them instead with inseam pockets at the waist.
The 'fabric' is an army issue grey woolen blanket with red stripe. I got the blanket as a bit of a contra deal - so there was no financial outlay. It is 100% NZ wool, super warm, ultra thick, excellent quality,
I kept the red stripe which ran down the length of the blanket to just one side of the garment, it runs up the front and back vertically on his right side, as well as around the right wrist. It required some careful pattern positioning, but in my mind, was absolutely worth the extra time for the resulting outcome.
I also decided to run the blanket stitch on the right hand side only of the hood.
I aligned the blanket hems with the jacket hems so the blanket stitching from the actual blanket was retained. The jacket is fully reversible (except the pockets), I have hand sewn all of the hems, including the hood, and cuffs. I did this mainly because I did not want a stitching line to detract from the blanket stitch hem, it took me much longer, but I am super pleased with the results.