Nami, Slovenia, around and around

I decided to write a blog about my travel across Japan. My sister and I decided to go to Japan for three months and research the country a little bit. Since this page is related to my Digimon Website, there will be a lot of Digimon content – since my plan is to write a little bit about the locations we can see in the Digimon franchise. If that’s why you are here, feel free to look around!

"Let us be lovely
And let us be kind,
Let us be silly and free.
It won't make us famous,
It won't make us rich,
But damnit how HAPPY we'll be."
- Edward Monkton

One of my favourite Digimon character's song, enjoy:
Toshiko Fujita (Tai) - Yuuki wo Tsubasa ni Shite (勇気を翼にして):

♡ ♡ ♡

Sewing a hoodie
Tuesday 9 June 2020 @ June 09, 2020
A long time ago I found a picture of Agumon dressed in Tai's hoodie online and someone actually sew the hoodie for his/her Agumon's plush. I decided to do the same before going to Japan since I have a small Agumon plush I could take to Japan with me and because I hurt my leg while playing badminton and it's raining outside all the time and I need to be more creative. ((I also have a small Lopmon plush who is also going there with me.)) 

For a start let me say I'm a real noob when it comes to sewing. My grandmother bought me a sewing machine a few years ago and I wanted to use it so much but I never really did. I had a few projects like this one (like sewing a pencil case or how to hem a pair of pants for my friend). I never actually sew a clothing. My grandmother loves to sew so every time I needed to know something I always asked her. This time I decided to do everything on "my own".

I went to a fabrics shop looking for a perfect fabric for the hoodie. They had so many so I was just standing there and wondering which fabric to take.   I googled a little bit and a lot of people mentioned to use a fabric made of cotton and polyester. So I took the fabric with the most similar colour I could find. The fabric I took it's not close to any hoodie fabric I have at home. I took a lot of fabric home, don't really know why - I was probably thinking I would f***** up so many times so better have as much fabric as I can ((FYI: I actually had to make everything twice, because I'm so new at this)).

Next step: pattern. I thought this part will be the easiest one but it wasn't. There are so many different patterns online so I couldn't choose. I was googling random stuff like "hoodie pattern/doll hoodie pattern/diy hoodie" ... and decided to use the easiest one. There was also a problem since I was making the hoodie for Agumon who has a bigger head than a doll/person would have. So everything I made was a little bit customised. I was looking at a pattern like this but changed the sizes a lot.

To put all parts together I was watching Melly Sews's video which helped me a lot! Check it out here! I made some changes - for example, Agumon's plush is so small so I didn't made the waistband and the cuffs. I just sew around it so it looks like I actually made it but it's just a stitch. And I also didn't put the front pocket on it because Tai's hoodie doesn't have it either - I was researching that hoodie a lot, haha.

While sewing it I had (obviously) a lot of problems since I didn't use the machine for so long. I didn't use it for so long that I had to google how to start it. At first I was thinking about sewing it by hand but decided to use the machine anyway. My stitches are not really straight but luckily you can't see them a lot to notice it. I also had a problem with the fabric, because at some points it's so thin that my machine sucked it up. That's the reason I had to create the front part of the hoodie twice. So if you decide to sew it too, be careful with the sewing. At first I thought it's gonna be easier since the hoodie is so small and you don't have to actually sew a lot. But since it's so small sometimes I didn't really see what I'm sewing together. In the end I just fixed some stitches by hand and put the red rope through the hoodie - I don't like the material of it so I will probably change it when I find the right material. ((update: I bought red shoelaces and switched the rope with them. They were 120cm long so I cut them and sew endings together - I think it looks better now, more hoodie like))

I also forgot to check the time when I started with it but telling by the pictures I would say I needed 2 hours for the hoodie. Not bad for a beginner (when searching for a pattern I saw a post about making a hoodie and it said "not suitable for beginners" so I was pretty scared of how it will all turn up.) - I'm actually pretty satisfied with the results! I made the hoodie a little bit too small so I had to use a lot of force to put Agumon in it so I guess he will have it on forever. And here are pictures of Agumon in a hoodie from anime and from "real life":

I really enjoyed making it (people who know me know how frustrated I can be when making something and it doesn't go as planned - trying to work on that too) and if you have any questions feel free to ask! Otherwise, see you soon!

To read more about it or to see more pictures, check my website! 

Labels: , , , , , ,

0 comments: leave a comment