Welcome to the FIRST Guest Blogger Spot in our new series! Today we are featuring this Moto-Style Kodiak Hack from Amelia. This Kodiak rocked the Toby K inter-webs when she first shared and we are so grateful she is willing to share her tricks and talents with us! Thank you Amelia!
You may have seen the “Assassin Creed” style hoodie floating around on Pinterest. My husband did and it’s been on his “honey, please sew” list for awhile. So now I will show you what I did to the Kodiak sweater to hack it into that design so you can do it too!
If you search for it on Pinterest you will find a variety of colour coordinating ideas, for this one I used white for the main colour and red for the accents.
I will do the collar hack at the end of the tutorial so I will jump ahead in the Kodiak instructions to the pockets.
For the pockets you will want to cut out all of the pieces in your accent colour (for me, this was red). You will assemble them following the instructions in the pattern- no changes necessary!
The cuffs are also straightforward – just cut the pieces with your accent colour. I lengthened the cuffs in this picture by 1” as per my husband’s request from a previous Kodiak sweater that I made him.
The accent colour (red in this picture) is the majority of the waistband and then the main colour (white in this picture) in the centre front on either side of the zipper.
To find where you want the accent colour to start / end I laid the sweater flat and measured in the same amount from each side seam and made a mark with a pin or a clip on the sweater.
I have marked it in pink on the picture where you are measuring and clipping on the sweater. Both of these measurements should be the same.
Next you will open up your sweater and find the center of your back piece. You will lay the waistband pattern piece along the bottom edge of your sweater. Make note on your pattern piece a line for where the accent and main colour will line up (what we previously measured and marked).
Now do the same thing on the other side of the jacket.
Depending on how confident you are, you can either just lay out the waistband pattern on the fabric and cut shifting the piece based on the markers and eyeballing your seam allowances (that’s what I tend to do) or you can draw out new pattern pieces which I have illustrated above.
First picture you can see the pattern piece with the 2 accent lines we drew in. Next I want you to mirror that piece so that you essentially have 2 waistband pieces taped together.
Outlined in blue shows each segment of the waistband. On the far left we have the larger white piece of the waistband, then the long piece of the accent fabric, and finally the smaller white piece on the right.
Cut out those pieces and then you will want to add a seam allowance to each of the edges that I have marked in green.
Sew those edges together, right sides facing and voila! You are ready to follow the instructions in the Kodiak tutorial to attach the waistband to the sweater.
For the collar you will start by tracing out the pattern piece onto a separate sheet of paper. You will want to do what we did with the waistband and mirror it on the paper so that you have the full collar piece and will no longer have the fold line. Make sure to transfer the notch markings but you can ignore the snap placements.
This next bit you can experiment with for your own personal preference, but you will want to measure down about 2” from the top of the collar piece and draw a straight line across the entire top of the collar.
On the right hand side you will want to measure in about 3.5” and draw a line straight up.
On the left side draw a rectangle approximately ½” tall by 4.5” long at the bottom collar.
Now cut out this from your main fabric and your lining fabric. Make sure that you’re cutting them mirrored and that they will wrap around your sweater the correct way. If you cut all of your pattern pieces facing up and your right side main fabric facing up, then do the same for this collar as well. Then mirror it for the lining.
Stitch around the collar right sides together, clip your corners as shown and then turn right side out. If you find that the overlap part of the collar too long for your preference turn it inside out again and stitch another line to shorten it to your preference.
Top stitch if you want and proceed with the instructions for sewing onto the sweater.
When sewing it to the sweater it will not reach all the way around the sweater like the old collar. Just make sure your notches line up for proper placement.
For the snaps I had my husband try it on and eyeballed and pinned where they would work the best.
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