The “Alex does Alexander” Hoody and Trackie Daks
Fabric: Recycled Leather Samples, Sweat Shirt Fabric from an Op Shop $7
Pattern: Simplicity 7020 and 7064
Time to complete: 5 hours plus
First worn: For the photos
Wear again: For the fashion parade at school, and yes, though perhaps not together if I have any input!
Total Cost: $7
Meet Alex, he’s 9. He likes Remote Control toys, Scooters, Soccer, Playing X-Box and Reading. And after this weekend, he likes Sewing! Yay!!!
You’re looking at his Year Three Term Project, which is an investigation into Materials and their Properties, using recycled stuff.
He drew a fantastic sketch and I was determined to make it a reality, an On-Trend reality!
We started out with some burn tests to examine the properties of the different fabrics – he totally loved that and was very astute in his observations.
I have noticed a trend for garments with leather sleeves. How fabulous is this great Alexander McQueen sweatshirt??!!
Leather – for a beginning sewer? Why not!
I had these leather samples stashed since B.C. (before children) when I used to work for a furniture company. They were throwing them out when a new seasons range came in. I have moved house with them twice now and have a whole box – they are really heavy, and I am super stoked to be reducing my stash.
We had extensive chats about how to make the design.
I used the pants from Simplicity 7020. Adding the essential knee patches. If you have boys, you know what I mean about the knees!!
The hoodie was from the shirt pattern on Simplicity 7064, using the hood from Simplicity 7020.
I had made the pants one evening after school, and had left all of the Hoodie till Saturday morning so I was having kittens about it. Turns out my industrial sewing machine eats leather. And for the first time in ages, it didn’t break a needle mid project.
Alex cut out the paper pattern for me, drew the pockets and marked up the sleeves on the leather (with ball point pen – the best way to mark up leather) as he is left handed he had trouble making my huge right handed shears cut.
Turns out, this pattern is great. It just flew together. The leather was not quite wide enough to get the sleeves out so I just added a strip to the underside of the arm.
The back yoke and the pockets are in leather – no need to finish them properly.
I used a leather needle for every seam – which was a mistake as it left some pretty big holes in the jersey fabric. It probably will not stand up to too much washing (neither will the leather). So if we get a handful of wears of it – it will have served his purpose!
Isn’t he cute? I was so pleased he was totally into this project and I had him sitting with me on my chair lifting the foot up and down, turning the work as we sewed around the pockets, while we talked all the time about winding bobbins, and how the machine works. He put his foot down on the pedal once, early on, and got a big fright from the big noise the motor made (think 1970′s Coronation Street – remember that clothing factory??). I just suggested he rest his foot on the pedal was I am controlling it so he could get a feel for it. With industrial sewing machines – learning to control the speed is one of the biggest things to learn. He was very helpful about turning through the sleeves and trimming the threads.
He is trying to be very cool for the photos – he is a sweetheart actually!
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