Jaywalk (Alexa/Avocado) hoodie

Here’s where my stripe hoodie inspiration came from

I love Lululemon jackets, Nike jackets even the Aldi jacket I bought last year.
Rhianna wore a cool version too.
Then I found this…so I had to stop researching and decide on what to make.

Then I made this.

This is a blend of Tessuti’s Alexa tee (body and sleeves) with Avocado hoodie (hood and sleeve cuffs with thumb hole).

Playing with the stripes and matching them kept me pondering for days. I had to keep putting this project down between each step.


I did plan and make the hoodie but placing a zip on zip off piece across the back neckline didn’t work. The hoodie stripes on the outside are vertical and on the inside they are horizontal, so when I wear it, it becomes a hood/cape/collar.

I drafted this to cover my neck.

Anita’s sleeves are a good fit and length but my idea is to wear this to the gym during the winter, hence the thumbhole sleeve cuffs.

After speaking all things activewear with Susan (measuretwicecutonce) and Joanne, it was really clear that zippered pockets in a seam line are the strongest. But I made these pockets not on the seamline. 

My RTW jacket has the pocket bag sewn into the hem and into the zipper, so that’s what I did.

Zipper tape:
I couldn’t resist this measuring tape trim #sewinggeek.

And that’s my Jaywalk hoodie:)

After dark hoodie

Well it didn’t take long to make this up on a Sunday afternoon. Below’s the day version.

This day version has been keeping me warm when I’m at the gym in the morning. I keep this on when I’m doing my warm up. That doesn’t take long at the moment.
I’m wearing this with my leather skirt made from a $20 leather jacket.

This is a size 4 and not a size 6.

This body of this version is lined with a fine rayon knit from the stash. Yes Renata, the rayon knit lining was from that Pitt Trading remnant bin again. The burnt velour was from The Remnant Warehouse.

The front panels were cut as 1 piece so the front panel has no horizontal line. The side panels were left as two pieces.

The sleeves and body are shorter by 2cm.

The hem band is slimmer. If I make it again, I’ll leave the hem band off. But the hem band will stay on for a casual gym hoodie.

Sway back adjustment

The hood was cut down and now it’s a soft collar. It’s no more than 15cm wide.

I originally made the hood 10cm wide/long and then I added another 5 cm before I cut the fabric.
There are no pockets on this version and I’ve still included the sleeveband thumb opening.

I’ve now worn it out to dinner on a cold Saturday night and while we had a very late one, this was quiet appropriate to wear to a huge dinner with friends and their families.

PS: Thank you for the comments on my gym wear. I do wear my gym wear to the gym so while the top and tights are classed as lounge wear, they don’t get much lounging.

MMM this week

Day 22: Here’s a bit of purple and taupe. Purple is my favourite winter colour. It”s been cold outside and a bit wet so out come the boots!
Jacket – Simplicity 4698 jacket
Top – Purple winter top
Skirt -Straight skirt with split

Day 23: Moved into the brown/red combinations. Skirt –
Jacket – not blogged
Cardi – McCalls 5978 cardi
Top – self drafted bits and pieces top
Skirt – me made straight skirt not blogged

Day 24: At Sydney Olympic Park because I cycle train here. The rain eased up today but it was still cold this morning.
Jacket – Grey version of Vogue 7764. You’ve seen the pink version. This grey version was a test jacket.
Trousers – Made 2 years ago.
Top – Kwik Sew 3378 in red.

Day 25: With Sharon at sewing and we had a break from the wet weather too.
Hoodie: Avocado women’s hoodie (to be blogged next). Size 6 is the test version. I’ll make size 4 next. That’s why I test patterns and road test them where I can. You’ve seen the mens hoodie before.
Skinny jeans: Vogue 1204

Sewing bloggers also there included Kristy, BeaJay, Rebecca Howard, Sandra (aka Dilliander) and JudieL from PR. That ‘fractured cardi’ Sharon’s wearing is going to be the basis of a workshop a tutor will run for us later this year.

PS: Hi Penny