Itch to Stitch Birthday Blog Tour

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!

Creative Counselor: Jacqueline Hoodie 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!

Creative Counselor: Jacqueline Hoodie Vest

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.

Creative Counselor: Jacqueline Hoodie Vest

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.

Creative Counselor: Jacqueline Hoodie Vest

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.

Creative Counselor: Jacqueline Hoodie Vest

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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4 thoughts on “Itch to Stitch Birthday Blog Tour

  1. Elsa

    I love the way you did the collar!!! I tested the Jacqueline Hoodie with hoodie and shoulder tabs etc, but I might give the collar a chance instead of re-sewing the hood.

    Reply
    1. Katie Post author

      Thank you! When it comes down to it, I just don’t like wearing hoods. I guess that’s what’s so great about making my own clothes — it’s so easy to change a hood into a collar!

      Reply
  2. Abbey (abbeydabbles)

    I officially like this pattern now that I’ve seen it as a vest! Living in the Caribbean, I probably won’t ever need something like this unless I decide to travel during winter, but this is definitely CUTE!

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