Monday, March 2, 2015

Reversible (sort of) Ole with Hood

I used to think I didn't like to make the same thing twice. I was so wrong. I am a process person. Since I restarted sewing last year, I can't seem to make a one off of anything (some of the seconds don't reach the blog). When I finished the first Ole by Zonen 09, I didn't feel finished. Sure that single garment was stitched, labeled and in heavy rotatoion, but I wasn't finished with Ole. 

The Ole pattern has many different options for pockets and collar, and the fabric combinations are endless. This Ole has a hood, side pockets, snap front, and the lining fabric was chosen to wear the inside as the outside sometimes. After faking my way through the construction of the first one, this one is constructed 100% as specified (okay, I cut the cuff as one piece so it would look more like a classic sweatshirt hoodie), with very satisfying results. You may notice the bottom edge of the button band was a little saggy on the my first version. With the second I used Sharon's sew the corner first method, resulting in a much nicer finish. Note to self: you get good results when you read the instructions. 
PATTERN: Ole by Zonen 09. (More pattern review) My last Ole was a cardigan made with two lighter weight knits, but this design works great with sweatshirt fleece. The combination of a heavy main fabric and a jersey lining takes this from a middle layer, to a full on spring jacket. All we need now is warmer weather.

FABRIC: The lining is cotton jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. Love it, would be perfect for spring (if it ever comes) t-shirts, am annoyed I didn't buy more. The shipping is lightning fast, and the customer service is just as speedy. The sweatshirt fleece is from Girl Charlee. I still have trouble (but am getting better) at anticipating the weight of knits purchased via the interweb. Sometimes I'm disappointed when the package arrives and I realize its not right at all for the planned garment. This sweatshirt knit far exceeded my expectations. So buttery soft, it was almost a shame to line. I bought extra, there may be some Mini Hudson's in J's future.

FIT/SIZE: I sewed a 128 Standard (which is an 8, I think). The Zonen 09 cut tends toward long, lean, and modern. I sized up for longer wear, you can see he has some room to grow in the length.
This design is meant to be completely reversible, and I intended to make it that way, until I realized I could't squeeze the sleeves out of stripes. Some heather gray from my stash makes a nice substitution and isn't all bad on the outside.
Ole 1 and Ole 2 planning some sort of bed-headed conspiracy against the camera lady. 


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Pattern: Ole by Zonen 09
Main Fabric: Sweatshirt Fleece from Girl Charlee
Lining Fabric: Jersey Knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

12 comments:

  1. I love this. Totally cool and looks super profesh. The striped lining is perfect!! This one is definitely on my "someday to make" list.

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    1. Thanks Kristin. Definitely worth making.

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  2. I love stripes and this Ole is rocking those stripes! Great work!

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  3. Great fabrics, yay for stripes! A really good looking Ole!

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    1. I haven't seen a bad looking Ole yet! :) You can't go wrong with a cozy hoodie.

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  4. LOVE the stripes. This is boy sewing at its best!

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    1. Thanks Monica. Great for a boy or a girl, the best kind of sewing project.

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  5. So cool! Love the navy and stripes paring - a fun nautical feel without being overly :) I actually like the striped side with the grey sleeves - kind've a MiniBoden look, so look how on-trend you are! I hope your son will get much, much use from this jacket!

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    1. Thanks Lucinda. J has been wearing his hoodie ever day since the weather got warmer. A true sign of success.

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  6. I Love this. I've been wanting to make a plain one side, stripey on the other hoodie since forever. Yours is exactly how I'd like it to look! Well done!

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    1. Thanks LM. The kids love the reversibility factor, even if we usually wear it stripe side in.

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