A week or so ago, I entered a competition to win tickets to see the Octonauts live. This is currently Jonathan’s favourite tv show. To enter I needed to know which was his favourite character. Now, most kids would probably have said one of the main characters (Captain Barnacles, Kwazii or Peso – I have knowledge!), but not my Jonathan. His favourite character is the Colossal Squid – not the Giant Squid, not the long-armed squid, nor the vampire squid….the Colossal Squid.
So, I have made an attempt to capture this character in the form of a hoodie!
Did I manage to capture it do you think?
Jonathan loves it anyway.
(You can read about these pants I also made here)
I used an Ottobre pattern (04/2014-29) to make the hoodie. I sized it up 2x, because it is for a t-shirt style hoodie, but his hoodie is for winter and to be worn as an outer garment. The appliqué design in the pattern is for an owl, but I adapted it to make the squid face by omitting the eyebrows and making the eyes larger. Did you know that the Colossal Squid (a very real creature) has the largest eyes in the ocean? I know this because I have watched that particular episode of the Octonauts several times a day for weeks. But I digress….
I used mainly fabric from stash, all fleecy knit, lovely and soft and warm. The grey marle and the brown I already had, but I had to go and buy the purple, because the only piece of purple fleece I had was not quite big enough. So I also got ribbing to colour match it perfectly (mostly because I had a coupon to get a discount with multiple purchase). The main body is grey, the lower body on the front is brown, as are the sleeve cuffs. This doesn’t add any functionality, its just a decorative feature.
Speaking of functionality…the neck features two plastic snap fasteners. This makes it nice and cosy, and has the added benefit of keeping the hood on when its windy, but still loosening up enough for this big-headed kid to be able to get it on and off.
I just love how this binding turned out. I used the method described in the magazine, with the twin needle, and it worked out really neat.
Its really good to have my sewing machine back after it was in need of repairs for so long, but I didn’t love it when it did this when I was sewing the eyes:
Fortunately, I had bought enough of the purple fleece to make another piece. I used scraps of black fleece and some silver metallic dance knit for the eyes. I did ask my husband if he thought I’d be able to get some really tiny glow-in-the-dark rings to make the eyes, but he thought that was a bit over the top!
I love that from the back, this is just a regular hoodie…
And it looks super cosy for my little man.
He’s an individual!
Thanks for reading.