Itch to Stitch Patterns turned one last week, and I’m thrilled to help Kennis celebrate one year in business!
Tour bloggers were asked to hack any Itch to Stitch pattern of their choice. For my hack, I chose the Jacqueline Hoodie. And since I’m kind of obsessed with vests these days, I decided to hack the Jacqueline Hoodie into a vest!
Turning a hoodie pattern into a vest is probably one of the easiest hacks out there. All I did was eliminate the sleeves and finish the arm openings with a strip of fabric ala a bias band. To keep some stretch in the sleeve opening, I sewed the band down with my handy-dandy new coverstitch machine. Worked like a charm!
And since I’m not a fan of the hood part of hoodies, I also decided to eliminate the hood and drafted a collar instead. This was also super simple. Essentially, I took the hood piece, traced the point for the top edge of the collar, and then just extended that for half the length of the collar. I cut two of those on the fold and attached them where the hood would have gone.
Those were my two big changes. Other than that, I eliminated some of the detail work built into the pattern. The pattern is drafted with double breasted buttons along the front panel, which I eliminated. I also skipped a lot of the topstitching. Those extra details are nice, but this is a knit vest. It’s a casual piece and I didn’t think it needed too much embellishment.
This vest went together surprisingly quickly, considering how many details are still in it. I managed to piece together most of the body in a single evening. Attaching the zipper, however, took a couple of hours all by itself. It wasn’t difficult, but it did require some fairly slow and precise stitching to make sure everything liked up right. I also changed up the order of construction a bit to make sure that the zipper tape and all the seams were enclosed in the front extensions.
My fabric is really nothing to write home about. I’ve really been trying to use up the fabric in my stash, since my stash is HUUUUUGE. I picked up this sweatshirt knit from Michael Levine over a year ago, and the quality isn’t fabulous. It’s not terrible by any means, but it’s already pilling a bit and all I’ve done is prewash it! Luckily, this vest shouldn’t require much laundering, so I’m hoping it will be ok.
It was nice to add another casual fall outerwear piece to my closet. Thanks for the excuse Kennis! And be sure to scroll down to enter all of the amazing birthday giveaways!
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