Here's a Show and Tell Tuesday post for you, but to take the pressure off me, I'm going to stop calling them S&TT in the post titles. Just feels a bit less like I have to make deadline, which at the moment is too. much. stress.
So, after much interrupted sewing, the fleece is finished. Yay!
I used Kitschy Coo's Reversible Zippy Hoodie pattern and cut a long size 2T. By which I mean the turquoise is the same length as the pattern, the pale blue is the length of the ribbing, and then there's the ribbing; all in all about 2½ inches longer than the Kitschy Coo original. I did this because I wasn't sure if I wanted, or would be able to get any ribbing, and as Stashlet is tall for his age (98cm as of yesterday!) he needs all the length he can get. However, having matched the finished fleece to an M&S sweatshirt hoodie that Stashlet is currently wearing, I think I will be making future versions in a size 4T. Anyway, we'll see if this one still fits by Christmas.
I have to admit I haven't managed to get it on the boy yet, but that's partly down the the sudden arrival of summer here - the last few days have had more to do with paddling pools than double layers of fleece.
I did pretty much everything as in the pattern, except for leaving out a few bits of topstitching because there were so many layers of fleece that it would have been nearly impossible to get it to look neat and not a mass of wobblly lines. I also did single layer pockets instead of lined, again for reasons of bulk.
I cut it to be completely reversible, but I didn't have time to search for a reversible zip so that went out of the window when I went to sew everything together.
I'm really pleased with this pattern and there is already a whole heap of jersey on it's way in the post for at least two more. There is also a bigger version so we'll progress to that in a year or two. The pattern instructions are very comprehensively written and for a downloadable pattern, it was the best I've had in terms of the pages fitting together.
A few other notes:
The ribbing was a prepack from Prym. I don't think I'd use it again because as you can see by the length of the cuffs, there wasn't enough to do full length cuffs as well as a waistband. I had been assured by the shop I got it from that there was enough for "an average [adult] size jacket" but it didn't really turn out that way.
The star applique could have been better. I cut it so that it would run across and off the pocket but I think in retrospect, if I'd taken more time, I would have been able to get it on in the same place in one piece. There's on on the hood too; if I'm organised I'll add a photo of that.
Short (ie. less than about 40/50cm) chunky zips are pretty impossible to get in Ireland so mine came from here. If anyone knows where you can get reversible zips in the UK I'd love to know. The fleece came from Ikea (as usual); the turquoise is currently in stock, and the (lighter weight) pale blue is from a few years ago.
This is actually the second top I've made with this pattern (see what I mean about interrupted sewing - I interrupt my sewing with more sewing). I'll try and post some notes about the first one in a day or two.