The best part of Mood – aside from all the fabulous fabrics – is definitely Swatch. So pairing him with fabric? Genius. As soon as the Swatch neoprene went online, I knew I had to make something with it. And lo and behold, my coworker wanted a hoodie!
- 1.5 yards Swatch Digitally Printed Neoprene/Scuba Knit
- 2 pieces Light Gold Rib Knit Trim
- 1/3 yard Black Solid Knit
Slouchy sweatshirts are easy to make, since they can be super comfy and over-sized. All I needed to do was trace an old hoodie, and a pattern was made. I cut one each of the front and back, two sleeves, and 4 hood panels since the hood was the only part I was lining. I also cut about 9″ off each of the rib knit trims to make the sleeve cuffs. The two larger pieces of the trim would be used to create the sweatshirt hem.
Since neoprene is super stretchy, it called for a walking foot. If you’ve never sewn with one before, they look way scarier than they actually are. In fact, they make sewing knits incredibly simple. Since they work to feed the fabric through evenly on the top and the bottom, no more lettuce seams!
The beginning of the construction was the easiest. The front and back panels were attached at the shoulders, before the sleeves and sides were pinned and sewn together. Next was the hood.
Since the inside of the hood would be seen, I lined it with the same Swatch fabric. This meant essentially constructing two hoods and sewing them together at the front. I then flipped it right side out, top-stitched over the front seam, and sewed it around the neckline.
The rib knit already comes in 7″ strips, which made the cuffs super simple to add on. They just needed to be sewn into tubes and folded in half before being added onto each sleeve and around the hem.
Last, I added on a front pocket, like all good hoodies have. I used a sturdy knit material, so all I needed to do was top-stitch it into place!
So tell me, is it cute or is it cute? Perfect for the wishy-washy spring weather, where it’s 80 degrees one day and 45 the next.