The Louis Hoodie by ki-ba-doo is a quick and easy sewing project (skill level: advanced beginner). It’s adorable and such a lovely sweater for little ones. Happy Sewing!
It’s been a while since I published one of my sewing projects. I didn’t find much time for sewing last autumn but went into a sewing frenzy in December. One of my sewing projects: matching hoodies for two of my favourite people in the world – my best friend’s kids Nicolás and Joaquín! The whole process of making these hoodies took quite some time. Eve (my best friend) knew exactly what kind of hoodie she wanted for the boys but we couldn’t find a sewing pattern we liked. I then saw a picture for the Louis Hoodie by ki-ba-doo on Pinterest and the sewing pattern was exactly what we were looking for (have I mentioned that I LOVE Pinterest?!). Unfortunately, the instructions came in German BUT ALSO with easy-to-follow coloured pictures (totally manageable!).
Let’s talk about fabric. Eve and I bought it months ago (when we didn’t even have a sewing pattern!). We accidentally stumbled upon it at a small local sewing store and LOVED the combination of colours, as well as the foxes (aren’t they adorable?!). I’ve got to admit that the fabric did cost a small fortune but it was totally worth it (it’s super warm and cosy!). Although, Santi (Eve’s husband) couldn’t help commenting that these hoodies were probably one of the most expensive pieces of clothing that the kids have ever owned (oops!). One of the fun things about making these hoodies was that I didn’t have to prepare the fabric (washing and ironing) for sewing myself as Eve and Santi did that for me (thanks again!). I guess that’s one of the benefits when sewing for someone else. Anyways, I FINALLY managed to finish both of them (yay!). The hoodie for Nicolás (3.5 years) is a size 122/128 and the hoodie for Joaquín (14 months) is a size 98/104. I made them (quite a bit) bigger as the boys are growing so fast and we wanted to make sure that the hoodies would last a second winter.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention one thing. I used an overlocker for the first time ever! I considered getting one for a while but kept putting it off since I felt intimidated. Also, I was quite happy using my sewing machine to finish seams (AND I didn’t want to spend any more money on sewing equipment – for now!). That’s in the past. My friend Pia offered to lent me her overlocker to finish the seams of the Louis Hoodie and WOW – it’s fabulous! I usually finish my seams with a zigzag stitch and then trim the edges by hand. Using an overlocker is such a game changer and I really don’t know how I managed this long without one. It makes things SO much easier and saves SO much time PLUS everything turns out super professional looking with all the edges overlocked and neatly cut. Seriously, I need to get my hands on an overlocker of my own as soon as possible. Ok, back to the Louis Hoodie. Here it is:-)