Steel charcoal grey wool hood
Once I had the black and grey wool-blend hood finished, I liked the results so much that I went to my stash of other fabrics from the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale and found another piece of wool, also with less than two meters. This fabric is a charcoal grey with a slight steel blue tinge to it. In sewing it I found it very spongy – it did not want to hold a press at all. (It is a tabby weave, not a crepe weave though.) You can see in the photo below my pattern – and the number of adjustments that were made before I got something I really liked.
For this version I used the same capelet as the second version, but gave the hood an extra two inches of length for even more puddling around the shoulders which I think looks very dramatic and elegant.
This one I did a 2 inch facing on the inside of the hood’s face opening, rather than the contrasting reverse facing on version two.
The first time I wore it out, was to a holiday market at Spruce Meadows. While most of the vendors are indoors at the market, it’s held in multiple buildings and tents, so the hood was cozy and warm and very welcomed! I also got a number of compliments on it!
After wearing it out and about, I decided that I liked this one well enough to spend some time embellishing it. I did a hand-stitched herringbone stitch on the hem, which obscures the machine stitching. I did the same on the seam where the hood folds back, and then on the very edge of the hood I did a small blanket stitch.
In this photo I’m wearing this hood, along with my black and red wool Viking Age Norse style coat, plaid apron dress (hangerock), green wool dress (serk) which you can’t see, and hand-spun naalbound mittens.