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Project Run and Play – Week 2 – Candy Inspired: Nerds Zip-up Hoodie

2013 September 19

I have to say, this Project Run and Play challenge was harder than I thought it would be. Making something candy-inspired that can still be worn on a regular basis is tricky! Thankfully my husband kept asking me to make his idea, (he came home with some inspirational Nerds for me last week) and so here it is. The colour-blocked Nerds-inspired Zip-up Hoodie.

Nerds-Inspired Hoodie

I originally resisted making this, because I couldn’t see me letting my daughter out of the house in what I envisioned in my head. Thankfully it actually turned out cute – a bit bright and colourful for my taste, but my style seems to be all over the map anyhow! To match the Nerds’ box the sweater is split down the centre – one side purple, one side pink. The exceptions are the patch pockets and the hood lining, which are the opposite colours. One side grape, one side strawberry – All sides delicious!

I used a pattern from a hoodie I had trace-drafted (is that a thing?!) a few years ago. I say traced, because I based the original hoodie on one that my daughter owned. I say drafted, because by the time I was done I had altered almost every pattern piece in one way or another!

My husband’s original vision also included a zipper in two different colours – buy two separating zippers, separate them and pair them up with the opposite colour zipper. unfortunately the fabric store did not have two separating zippers in pink and purple that were the same length. Also unfortunate, is that I now know that I could have bought two too-long zippers and shortened them to fit the sweater, which is what I did with the one-colour zipper anyhow. You learn as you go!

The sweater is wonderfully cozy and warm – perfect for fall. It is made from micro-fleece, and is super-soft. I used the same fabric for the “ribbing” on the sleeve ends and the bottom of the jacket, and for the hood lining.

Even though it is a knit fabric and won’t fray, I tried to finish each seam on the inside of the hoodie as well as the outside. I’ve been more conscious of construction lately and want to get a professional finish, even when it won’t be seen. Plus, it will make the sweater hold up longer too – bonus!

And don’t be fooled by this zipper’s good looks, it a force to be reckoned with, and I’m happy to report that in the end I won! I think I fought with it for over two hours, and I have the thread ends and broken needles to prove it… ‘nuf said.

Planning to add this to the sew along so late in the game (entries are due by Thursdays at midnight) I was a bit worried that someone else might use the same candy – therefore making me feel a tad like a copy-cat. Seems, so far, like I’m the only Nerds-ie one (hee hee) in the bunch. I’m happy with the results and my daughter has a warm hoodie for winter. Hooray! On to next week’s project theme – Mad for Plaid!

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  1. Seams Sew Laura permalink
    September 19, 2013

    Wow! Love it! I’m not even going to show it to the girls because they will want one for sure! The zipper part scares me a little bit though. I’ll add it to the list of things to do though :)

  2. September 20, 2013

    LOVE this. I still dream about nerds blizzard- by far the best.
    What a perfect cozy and definitely wearable hoodie!

    • September 20, 2013

      Thanks Jacq. Oh – the Nerds Blizzard was amazing – thanks for reminding me :) I’m glad you like the sweater – thanks so much!

  3. September 20, 2013

    Great hoodie, it looks cute on your daugher. I guess she likes it too (as it’s – partly – pink ;) ). Where do you get the time to compete with the game? I’d love to sew along with it, but don’t have the time to do so…
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  4. jonquil permalink
    September 20, 2013

    This is gorgeous! Finishing seams for a toddler garment is a necessity, if you want it to last past one play session ;) Looking forward to seeing your Mad for Plaid piece.

    • September 21, 2013

      Thanks Jonquil! I know what you mean – I have things in my mending pile that I made a few years ago and didn’t finish the seams on… I hope I’ll fix them before my youngest grows out of them?!

  5. September 20, 2013

    That is so nice! You did a beautiful job! Definitely one to be proud of!

    • September 21, 2013

      Thanks mom :) It is so cozy – she loves it too which is nice!

  6. September 22, 2013

    I love the inspiration (I loved nerds as a kid) and your details are perfect!!!

    • September 22, 2013

      Thanks! I appreciate your time to check it out :) I got to share the Nerds with my daughter… I think I still love them!

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