Today's shameless copy job is the 4-In-1 Fleece Hood originally spotted at http://www.lakeside.com/. Here's the catalog clipping:
There's no way to make these any cheaper. At an average of $9/yard for fleece, you need about 5/8 of a yard. When I add in the elastic & lock for the hood, I'd actually spend more than the catalog charges.
But I can definately make one better! I have mixed feelings about fleece, which I will save for
SUPPLIES: * About 5/8 yard of two pieces of fleece (I used yellow for the lining and a paw print for the outside). *About 30" of cord elastic. *One cord stop for looped cords.
In the center circle of the catalog picture, they basically show you the shape of the hood. I cut two pieces, freehand style, of yellow and two pieces of the paw prints. I HATE HATE HATE getting drafts down my neck so I made mine long, at 27 inches. You could make yours shorter if you don't like as much bulk around your neck.
3. Put the outer and lining pieces together, right sides together and match up the seam at the top. Pin it in place and sew the lips together, with no more than a 1/2" seam. Again, trim the seam close to the stitching.
4. This is where it gets weird. Open it up and lay it like how I've got it in this next picture, right sides together. Now, if we think of this as a "U", the entire underside of the U should be sew together and the outer fabric & lining fabric should be connected like they're kissing.
5a. Now, if we think of this as a pair of pants, you want to pin the inner legs and crotch together but....
6. Sew the "legs" of the "pants" together, remembering to leave that half inch free on either side of the lip seam. Trim the seams as before. Flip the whole thing right side out. Here's the little opening that I left. This is where the casing opens for your elastic.
And this is what it should look like at this point. Couldn't flip it right side out? Perhaps you sewed the bottom shut. You weren't supposed to do that yet!
7. Now make the casing. To do that, you sew around the hood opening in about a 1" seam allowance. Finger press the seam as you sew to keep the edges tidy. You can see in this picture that I've allowed enough on the right edge so my needle overshoots that little hole. And I'm finger pressing the edge in such a way that the white won't curl to the inside and look yucky.
8. You're in the home stretch! Position your bottom neatly and sew the two bottom hems together. I trimmed an inch off the lining so that it wouldn't poke out from the bottom (like a slip showing). One of the upsides to fleece is that it doesn't ravel so, no need for a formal hem. :)
Here's how my bottom edge looked:
9. Now we're going to run the elastic through the casing. The elastic will needs to form a loop and I know that my elastic is not going to stay put in a knot as is. Corded elastic will also unravel. So I took a match and burnt each edge to seal the nylon.....
10. Pin one edge of the elastic onto the hood. Use a second safety pin (closed, of course) to run the other end all the way through the casing.
12. Now go ahead and knot the edges...and then run a match around the knot which will melt the knot into place and keep it from undoing itself.
13. Shimmy the cording so that the knot goes up about midway into the casing to hid it. My finger is pointing to where I've shifted my knot.The cord stop should be front and center. And boom, you're done.
So, according to the catalog, I can get four looks outta this thing. Let's double check:
Neck warmer: Check
SIDENOTE: I wish to clarify that I went out of my way to iron this shirt just for the photo shoot. That line across my chest is from water that dripped out of my iron - it is NOT a stain.
Partial face mask: Check
Open faced hood: Check
Full head & face mask: Check.
I already know that this is BETTER than the catalog. I got superwarm just taking the pictures.
I almost wish it would snow so I could try it out while I shovel.
I'm linking this to Heidi's UFO Roll Call party found HERE.