Ziggi hoodie - frivolous at last

Do Hoodies Grow on Trees?

Hey! I made a zip-up hoodie for my handsome husband for Christmas!

Ziggi hoodie - frivolous at last

This is the Ziggi Hoodie by Wardrobe by Me. I used a fleece knit I bought for about 3 euros per meter at the Turkish Market in Berlin last spring.

Ziggi hoodie - frivolous at last

Dave wore it to work and told his mates I made it for him. One of the reactions was, “How do you even MAKE a hoodie???” Which, I’m sure you know if you sew your clothes, isn’t an unusual reaction for someone to have when you told them you made what you’re wearing. It’s kind of a way of expressing appreciation for your sewing talent. But it got me thinking…where do people *think* clothes come from? It’s like not realizing the meat you buy in plastic trays at the grocery store came from a real animal. Clothes are made by human hands — without exception, as far as I know. Some real human being stitches up each and every garment. I guess since garment manufacturing disappeared overseas in the last couple of decades, we Westerners don’t even *think* about where our clothes come from or the work that goes into making them.

Ziggi hoodie - frivolous at last

Ziggi hoodie - frivolous at last

I did a few fittings with Dave before it was finished — so much for surprise gifts. Good thing I did, though; one of the things we figured out was that it needed to be lined. I thought the fleece would be fine on its own but when he put it on, Dave thought it was too lightweight. I used some black jersey from my stash to line it (which was going to be a Nettie Bodysuit, but one doesn’t actually *need* a bodysuit in one’s wardrobe, right? *Sigh*.) Ziggi hoodie - frivolous at last

Dave says that with the lining this is the perfect hoodie for winter. Just in time for this crazy winter we’ve been having in the eastern part of North America! Seriously, we’ve had a “polar vortex” and a “bomb cyclone”. WTF even ARE those?? I swear the weather reporters are now just making shit up. What’s next? A glacial hoarfrost explosion? A shit-in-fan ice tsunami? An arctic permafrost paroxysm? A frigid hyperboreal holocaust? Meteorologists, feel free to use any one of these phrases when you run out of ideas for your next hyperbolic “weather event”.

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I’d say this has been a successful gift — Dave has worn it an awful lot since Christmas. So much so I must admit I’m getting a bit sick of seeing it! To preserve my sanity I may have to make him another one in a solid colour. 😉

Ziggi hoodie - frivolous at last

Thanks so much for stopping by!

— Lori

 

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12 thoughts on “Do Hoodies Grow on Trees?

  1. I confess I laughed so hard at your, “Dave says that with the lining this is the perfect hoodie for winter. Just in time for this crazy winter we’ve been having in the eastern part of North America! Seriously, we’ve had a “polar vortex” and a “bomb cyclone”. WTF even ARE those?? I swear the weather reporters are now just making shit up. What’s next? A glacial hoarfrost explosion? A shit-in-fan ice tsunami? An arctic permafrost paroxysm? A frigid hyperboreal holocaust? Meteorologists, feel free to use any one of these phrases when you run out of ideas for your next hyperbolic “weather event”.” that I copied and pasted it in my fb. Just so you know I’m not laughing at your pain – I moved from KW to Victoria in 2013 (I grew up in TO) but honestly your creative expression was…well irresistible! And I had said this very thing to my fella at those “new” weather phrases. I haven’t heard those ever and I’m 63! They are making shit up. Weather reporting has become political or commercial (not wanting to PO sponsors) – I don’t think people realize just how much so. They say, “The last time we had this was in 1824”. Really? They KNOW that? it’s a way to normalize what is a one-off, RIGHT NOW climate change event. So laugh I did but there was a host of other emotions all mixed up in there too! Someone else is noticing this craziness 🙂 Aside from this delightful giggle you gave me this morning, your handsome fella’s new hoodie is gorgeous! That fabric – who has a hoodie that looks like that? NO BODY – that’s why the gang at work was asking 🙂 and lined too! Such a nice present. Happy New Year to you and your handsome hoodie guy.

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! I understand your mixed emotions…every time there some new weather thing it’s really just another indication that climate change is wreaking more and more havoc. But you do have to chuckle at the idea of a “bomb cyclone”! Glad it gave you a chuckle. And thanks for your kind compliments on the hoodie!

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  2. And of course he is wearing the perfect Tshirt underneath to make his outstanding eyes even more outstanding! The next hoodie should be THAT colour! But maybe not, he’d start having groupies.
    On the weather front, I just received some pix from France that are so astonishing even the weathermen might have a hard time finding hyperbolic equivalents. However, you wouldn’t. I’ll send them to you via email.

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    1. Purely, a coincidence, I assure you Barbara! My husband is the type that grabs the T-shirt that happens to be on top in the drawer, although I have to give him props for becoming more aware of sartorial choices over the years. 😀 There are crazy weather events going on everywhere, it seems. Apparently the Sahara Desert just got snow.

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  3. That is one kick-ass hoodie! The fabric is awesome, and my god, you lined it–my husband has yet to receive something *that* luxe! 😉

    And for real, I do not understand the awe some people exhibit when they find out I made something. (And it’s not even just hoodies: raglan t-shirts have elicited the same reaction. O_o ) Even before I sewed, I knew that human beings made clothes! But as you said, it’s easy for many people today to feel so far removed from the work of making clothing that the human element isn’t considered. God, that’s depressing!

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