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Hell in a Handbasket Hoody

Hell in a Handbasket Hoody has a completely finished basketweave center back and cuffs. This looks incredible! Wherever I wear my jacket, peoples heads turn my way without fail! This particular “basketweaving” technique is properly called PLAITING. I was inspired by a book on native american basketwork that I read last year. It was the basket-weaving technique I thought worked best in fabric. You can use the gaps in the weave as thumbholes. Scratch your back without working your arm under your hoody! Despite the weave, all the layers of fabric and the lining make this hoody warm and cozy to wear. Front two way zipper and front zipper pockets. Scuba style hood with a high neck. Lined in handpicked recycled knit


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  1. rosb | | #1

    inspirational as soon as I have time I will experiment with plaiting

  2. abeers42 | | #2

    I'm a newbie to your group and looking forward to learning from you all. Your article on making your form caught my eye as I am beginning to want to sew for myself again. As I am one those who are hard to fit I have commandeered my husband to help me built a form to help me with my new (again) desire to sew for me. I don't sew much for my grandchildren (it's not cool anymore) so I guess this old girl better get busy on myself before my grandchildren present me with great grandchildren to sew for. I live in Oregon.

  3. jatman | | #3

    Very cool! I want one! I would never have thought to try plaiting on a sweatshirt. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    eatsallinsects | | #4

    Would really like to know what the fabric is? My first thought on seeing the article was how neat it would be made from fleece (no fraying edges with which to contend!).

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    sewingpurses | | #5

    I like the size of the weaving. It allows you to clearly see all of the great details. Overall it looks totally professionally done. I'm inspired to use this technique for my spring handbag collection. Thanks!

  6. soandsew | | #6

    I love what you did with the weave. I think I'll try that on the next jacket I make. Love the cuffs too.

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    SelenaEon | | #7

    Hi, thanks for the nice comments. It's ironic that I made this last summer, before seeing the new edition of threads featuring this technique :) The fabric in my hoody shown above is a 100% cotton vintage sweatshirt fleece. It IS a challenge to work with double layers of it because of the thickness so I had to do LOTS of hammering seams flat to be able to stitch it, especially at the sides. I have made simpler versions, without the finished edges-- you can see them in my etsy shop. The single layer version is much easier to sew-- but I do love the one above-- everywhere I wear it, I turn heads my way!

  8. heidi637 | | #8

    Very unusual, I love it. Is there a pattern? I'm picking up sewing again after 30 years.

  9. artyfarty | | #9

    cool how unusual!!

  10. ElizaDolittle | | #10

    Brilliant use of a very old technique. I always associate basketweaving of fabric with silk and velvet in period costumes and can never think of a way to incorporate it into everyday clothes without being overly fussy. Genius idea!

  11. techimom | | #11

    Really great hoody..finally a hoody with style. I am going to play with that idea!

    Also Hey abeers42! I live in Oregon (NW) also.!!! Been sewing since I was 14 and I was too tall for mini skirts!!

    Stay dry!!

  12. Viennasews | | #12

    Though the technique for Handbasket Hood is interesting and different, the name 'Hell' in a Handbasket, takes away the loveliness of the jacket.
    No need for such inadequate name as Hell in such interesting work.

  13. ttriplel | | #13

    Love this look. Just wondering if you disassemble the sweatshirt and then cut the back, reweave it how much smaller does it end up being? Or maybe the pic I'm seeing doesn't show what I'm asking.

  14. LottaTroublemaker | | #14

    I just love this hoodie! The Hell you're referring to in your title, must be Hell, Norway, as that is one of the real beautiful places on this earth, beautiful as this hoodie! Besides, in Norwegian, "hell" means "luck"! So I wouldn't say the name you've given this great garment is inadequate... :) Loved the great things you have in your Etsy shop too, thanks so much for inspiring me!!! :)

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