The lovely Mary had a giveaway and sent me this cute hoodie pattern, KwikSew 3667, and this is my first effort. I just used some unexciting pale grey marle fleece to try it out, but am already in love with the hoodie in this fabric, and this pattern. It was very very easy to make up. Probably took oh, about half an hour, cutting included. Yes! (air fist punch) The most difficult part was... no, I'm teasing... There was nothing difficult about this hoodie! I am definitely going to make this one up again, and again. Not that I'm going down the path of ease and comfort above all else, don't worry. I'm never going to be that gal in the bogan tracky dacks. And while I do like to be challenged in my dressmaking, but it's also nice to have a quick and easy project every once in a while, a soothing gel to the ego when more difficult projects are getting one down...
Thankyou so much, Mary!
I'm really liking the way style has not been sacrificed on the altar of comfort in this pattern; I think this loose and simple shape is very chic and "now" while still being evening-on-the-sofa worthy. Look at the below shots from the Dries Van Noten Fall 2010 and Celine Spring 2011 collections (and yes, I am planning this in white too as part of my white shirt challenge). I loved the Dries Van Noten look when I first saw it and will wear it like this with a silky skirt one day... But for today I am bike-riding with my friend S so the need for a bike-appropriate outfit.
Which brings me to something I've been thinking for a while... whilst I love personal style blogs and am frequently inspired by some, there have been times when I seriously question whether some of those girls are actually wearing the clothes they are posing in. With my own personal style photos I am always just wearing what I am wearing that day... thus the periodic appearance of thongs (flipflops) and tennis shoes on a casual day. I like to be honest about my daily apparel. Some of the blogs I look at, the girls seem to be in very high heels and toting large heavy looking handbags on a daily basis. Meaning, every day. I've even seen the towering heels whilst posing with a bike... lol. Is this honestly what they are wearing that day? I "get" the pressure to look nice and put-together, and I do feel it myself, but ... honestly...
Hoodie; Kwik Sew 3667 view A, grey marle fleece
Jeans; adaption of Burda 7863, rust corduroy
Thongs (flipflops): Mountain Design
photos below; at left from Dries Van Noten, Fall 2010, at right from Celine, Spring 2011