For Christmas of 2016 I got all inspired and made my family sweaters. I chose the Finlayson Sweater pattern from Thread Theory for my son and husband. (I also made the Undercover Hoodie from Papercut for my daughter.)
Why am I posting over a year later? Morgan at Thread Theory asked for submissions from the community for new pictures of the Finlayson for their website. It was an excellent excuse to get these two handsome guys out for photo shoots. We ended up not being in the running for the contest because I made modifications to both sweaters (pockets on the shawl collar, and no pockets on the hoodie… haha! I totally forgot I’d done that!) But I’m happy to have some great photos of them in their sweaters.
But I digress… Back to the Christmas when I got presents made. I had made the Camas Blouse from Thread Theory for me and love Morgan’s drafting and instructions for finishing. Everything is well thought out and the details set her patterns apart.
I made Version 2 with the hood for my son in a Small. I gave them their sweaters with the collar/hood units completed, but the rest basted together and then let them have input on the pockets. My son didn’t want any pockets.
I would have shortened the sleeves by 1-2″, but if you’re a teenager wearing a hoodie with extra long sleeves evidently you don’t need a hat or gloves.
I love that there are pattern pieces included for the hood lining that are smaller than the hood. The main fabric is rolled to the inside to create a self-facing so the lining doesn’t peek out. Such a nice touch.
Mainley Dad had recommended this fabric after using it for his fabulous Athleisure Blazer. It was a great recommendation. The fabric is squishy and soft. I used a black knit from my stash for the hood lining and decorative back facings. Matthew loves this sweatshirt and wears it at least twice a week in the winter. That is, when his girlfriend hasn’t borrowed it. 🙂 It has stood up to many tumbles in the dryer.
The sweatshirt fabric came from Gorgeous Fabrics and sadly sold out long ago. I just went to their website and they don’t have any fabrics listed… So sad, they were awesome. Hopefully it’s just a web glitch. Does anybody know if they’re out of business for good?
The optional neck facing is a chance to add some personal touches. I’ve fussy cut a novelty waffle knit with zebras to use as “labels”. Sometimes for a smaller “label” I’ve used some little tiny motorcycles. They make me happy every time I see them.
On my son’s version I had more fun. I harvested a little “Lego” label from one of his old sweatshirts and sewed it on the lower left of the zebra. You can see it if you squint at the picture above. I added a hanging ribbon too, which has been holding on by a thread for awhile now. If I was a good mom I’d probably fix it…or not.
The instructions have you conceal the raw edges of the neck seam with ribbon – which I love! These are the thoughtful details that set Morgan’s patterns apart. You’re also instructed to add a stabilizer to the shoulder seams and kangaroo pocket opening to keep them from stretching out. I think I added some bar tacks to the pocket to help with the stress in that area.
For my husband I made Version 1 with the shawl collar. For this version I used a much stiffer, less casual fabric. It is a Citadel Blue Cotton Knit from Mood Fabrics. Also sadly sold out. I cut a Large and graded to an XL at the waist based on his measurements.
Both versions share a squared neckline. It can be a little tricky getting those corners crisp. For this version I topstitched around the neck opening to get everything to lie flat. The shawl collar pulls away from the neck a little, which I’ve noticed in many versions I’ve seen online.
I love how the shawl collared version layers under Brad’s leather jacket.
In case you’re wondering, for 2017 I bought fabric for Christmas presents, but haven’t made any of them. I did have a very good excuse though. Before I could get anything cut out, this little bundle of furry joy took over our household:
My 15-year-old daughter had been wanting a puppy of her own. Enter Ray (for Ray of Sunshine!), who was 8 weeks old when she came to us. She’s a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix. And most importantly she matches our older dog, Molly. 🙂 She’s absolutely adorable and adds so much fun to our lives. And chaos. Lot of chaos.
Happy sewing! Nancy