Exciting post today, friends. I sewed for my husband again, for, like, the fourth time ever! And also did a bit of sewing for our [almost]14 year old. And it’s all thanks to the Louis and Palouis hoodies by Ki-Ba-Doo.
Both patterns are part of the German-to-English pattern project by Näh Connection Shop . The Louis is the boys’ hoodie, with sizes 74cm-176cm, and the Palouis is the men’s in sizes XS-XXL.
First up, let’s talk about the Louis
As mentioned above, the size range on this hoodie is huge. 74cm is infant, all the way up to 176, which is teenager. I sewed the 158/164cm for Kael. I actually should have sized up, as I used a fabric with less stretch than the pattern suggests. The pattern is for sweatshirt fabric, and I used a softshell with thermal inside, because Kael wanted a ski sweater. It fits just fine, but I do wish it had a bit more ease in the shoulders for him. He says it’s perfect, though.
We went with contrasting grey French terry for the lining of the cowl, the cuffs and hems, and elbow patches.
When Kael skis, he hates to wear a coat. I don’t know why. It drives his mother nuts, which actually might be why he does it. He always just wears a sweatshirt and a neck gator. So making his Louis ski sweater with the cowl option was an easy choice. He can wear it lower, like a turtle neck, or pull it up over his mouth for added warmth.
He also wanted me to show this option. 13 year olds are dweebs.
I got a bit creative with his front kangaroo pocket. I added a zipper to the pocket before sewing it to the body of the sweater. I wanted him to have somewhere to stash a snack and chapstick when he’s on the slopes. You can see the inside of the soft shell here, too. It’s pretty cool, and crazy warm.
He’s ready to hit the hill!
The adult version of the Louis, is the Palouis.
It’s identical in design to the Louis, just grown up. It comes in sizes XS-XXL. I found it to be pretty much right on with ready-to-wear sizing for my husband. He prefers looser clothing and wears an XL in most commercial brands. I sewed him the XL Palouis, and it fits him exactly as he likes, which is fantastic!
He got a regular kangaroo pocket, no fancy zipper. The pattern has the pocket and the hood lined. But I was using French terry for this one, and wanted to keep it lighter. So I skipped lining the on the hood.
But I did do some fancy coverstitching on both the hood and the pocket.
I really love the crossover of the hood at the front. It just looks cool and different. I skipped the drawstring and the grommets for the drawstring, just to keep things simple.
I did, however, add a cool patch to the shoulder. My husband is a huge Chicago Cubs fan, and has been since he was a little boy. I picked up this patch just after the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, planning a slightly different project for him with it. But it arrived just as I was cutting out the Palouis, and I loved the way it looked with the color of the fabric I used. It was my husband’s idea to put it on the shoulder. I love it! It’s a bit unexpected, but looks fantastic.
The Louis and Palouis by Ki-Ba-Doo are quick and easy sews, with great results. There are no fasteners or closures to worry about. And the cuffs and hem band mean no traditional hemming. I love the size range on both of them. And both of my boys are happy and have been wearing them all week since I sewed them up. You can grab either or both patterns at Näh Connection Shop . The Louis HERE and the Palouis HERE
The patterns used were provided as part of the Näh Connection Ambassador program