Hey! I made a zip-up hoodie for my handsome husband for Christmas!
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.
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.
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*.)
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”.
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. 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by!