A flurry of winter wear
- Fabric: Various polyester fleeces and poly-cotton knits kicking around the house
- Pattern: Free “scoodie” pdf here; some ideas from Pinterest; some freehand tubes
- Notions: None
- Year: Now
- Time to complete: About 3 hours for the scoodie; less than 20 minutes for each of the other pieces
- First worn: November 30th
- Wear again: Bien sûr. It’s winter in Montréal.
- Total cost: $0
I had some beautiful Italian wool cut out and ready to sew into a winter dress. Then the weather turned, and I realized that I waste too much time in the mornings trying to find a dry hat and cache-cou (neck warmer ) for my kids. I also have two wool coats that are beautiful and warm, but don’t have hoods. Those of you that live in the north of the northern hemisphere know that sometimes, even a hat and scarf just don’t cut it; The cold wind can cut right through the gaps and leave you frozen. I just can’t hack the cold anymore, so I need to let fashion fall to the wayside and embrace the “scoodie”.
Yeah, we Canadians really know how to heat things up when the temperature falls. Hey, sexy lady!
The scoodie is just a hood with a scarf attached, so it was super simple to sew. The grey fleece comes from a promotional lap blanket I got from one of my alma mater (alma maters? alma matae?) when I made a donation or something. The purple lining is from my “Four strikes and you’re out” top made back in February but never worn. I didn’t have enough of grey fleece to line the scarf section, but fortunately my two winter coats are grey and purple, so I can wear it with both of them.
The green swirly fleece is from a baby blanket I found crammed in the back of my daughter’s closet. You end up with so many of those little blankets that aren’t much use after the babies grow up and choose their favourite one, so this is a good way to recycle them.
The fleece gave my sewing machine a bit of grief this week, but we managed. The feed dogs didn’t really move the fleece very well, so I had to pull the fabric through while sewing with a 3-step zigzag stitch. It would have been better and faster to use my serger, but it needs an overhaul, and I’m fairly happy with the results anyway. There is no doubt that these hats, cache-cous and the scoodie will be much used in the months to come. Here’s a little taste of what we deal with every winter: