Ewok Encounters

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Have you seen the new Star Wars movie? We took the kids over the holidays and they just loved it. In preparation we re-watched episode IV, V, VI with them. This caused an obbsession for lil’ E with Ewoks. He started talking like one, made his own spear out of a wrapping paper tube. His imagination was locked on to Ewoks.

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So for the first time in a while I got really inspired to sew. I’ve made themed hoodies before check them out here and here, but it has been such a long time I didn’t have a pattern that would fit my big now 5-year-old boy. So I modified a Blank Slate Cardigan pattern. I can never say enough good stuff about these patterns. They really are a wonderful place to start any project.

Talking to E about what he wanted, helped me figure out what changes to make to the size 5 cardigan pattern. He wanted it to be more like a shift not with a zipper down the front. So I brought up the v neckline to a regular one, using the back pattern piece as a bit of a rough guide (the back necklines are always higher you know) and cut on the fold instead of cutting 2 pieces.

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He also chose the fabric, a nice warm soft grey fleece, and brown jersey knit for the hood. I did do some convincing to have a light brown inside to the hood, and I’m glad he agreed the lighter colour looks nice next to his lil’ face.

The hood was self drafted off his winter coat, and was the part that took the longest. I wanted to create that hood pulled over your cute bear head look, and the effect turned out really cool. To do this I left the bottom edges of the outside layer of the hood long and rough, I didn’t even worry if it was even or matched up well at the bottom, because it would just be trimmed off later. The idea was you can always cut off more but you can’t cut any on 😀 Then when attaching the hood to the sweater; instead of sewing it on together all nice I only sewed the inside layer of the hood to the neckline of the sweater, this left the outside long and created that signature hood of the Star Wars Ewok tribe.

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Personally I think the front under his chin could be trimmed up a bit more but E says no! he likes it as is 🙂 Also this hood design made it so I could place the ears nicely. I had E try on the sweater and adjusted the ears, they are sewn only to the outside layer, all the rough edges are between the 2 layers so it dosn’t bug him.

I’m sure you can tell by his smiley face that he is happy about his new Ewok shirt, he has been wearing it for 3 days solid. And yesterday asked when I would be making the pants ….to cute!

 

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