faux fur lined hoodie

Happy Cyber Monday! This is the faux fur lined hoodie that I wanted to make way back in January of this year!  When the contests for Patternreview were announced in January, I had intended to make this hoodie for the Upcycle Contest.  I thought this faux fur lined hoodie would be a great full circle project.  The first lined jacket that I made was a refashion of a pillow sham for my son when he was a toddler!  My plans changed once that contest came into being, and I instead made the rain jacket from that questionable caftan.  Still, I had this jacket stewing in the back of my mind.

Faux Fur Lined Hoodie

faux fur lined hoodie

Sourcing fabrics

Questionable golf shirt

I started at the thrift store and found this old golfing sweatshirt.  The quality of the fabric was great, and olive tones really suit my son.  The thick striped ribbing was also in perfect shape and there was plenty for a jacket.  The fabric itself has a sweater knit face and a sweatshirt fleece backing.  The best feature by far is this awful golf club logo:

faux fur lined hoodie

Faux fur and striped tee

The striped olive and electric blue striped tee is much more up to date.  It’d be a perfect lining for the fronts and the hood.

faux fur lined hoodie
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To finish it off, I picked up some grey faux fur from the “luxury remnants” bin at Colorado Fabrics.  Luxury is the right word for this faux fur as it is very warm, unbelievably soft, and with beautiful drape.  It also made little to no mess in the cutting process.  If you’ve ever worked with faux fur, you know that this is not a small deal.  It looked like a yeti had sneezed all over my sewing room after my last faux fur project.  I was glad to be spared the constant work with a lint roller!

Sewing Details

Pattern: Ottobre 1-2017-37

The pattern is from the Spring 2017 Ottobre Design Magazine.

I like the snap front and the detachable hood.  Without the hood, it has a rib knit collar kind that looks very much like a bomber jacket.  The hood is a great extra feature especially for our windy weather.

My son wears his hooded jackets nearly year round, and he’s blown out zippers in most of them.  Some zippers I’ve been able to fix, and some not, but I’m curious to see if the spring snaps have a longer life span.

Welt pockets

faux fur lined hoodie

There’s single welt pockets that are topstitched to the fronts.  It’s a nice sporty look to topstitch the jackets, but practically speaking, it’s nice to have pocket bags that won’t move around at all.  I know on my husband’s jacket, I (and he) wish(es) I had done something like that.

faux fur lined hoodie


I used the striped tee as lining for the fronts and the hood.  The stripe looks nice on the inside, and the fact that it covers the pocket bags is a bonus.  The sleeves are unlined.

faux fur lined hoodie


faux fur lined hoodie

I cut a straight 134 for the jacket, and my only complaint is the hood.  It’s a little wide for my son’s head.  I’d prefer a hood that would wrap around a little more for warmth sake.  He’s not complaining, but sewing for others always reveal those tiny fit issues you’d like to go back and fix.

He’s one happy customer though:

faux fur lined hoodie

Do you have any projects you meant for earlier in the year that you’re trying to finish up before the New Year?




Elizabeth is a self-taught sewist with a love for all things DIY and creative. Her friend calls her "The Fabric Manipulator" and she's always looking for ways to squeeze the most out of her sewing time in between caring for her 4 kids and husband.


  1. Shawn Marie Lucas Reply

    You’re an inspiration -children, husband, and tremendously challenging sewing p(at least to me) And writing. Thank you. I so enjoy your posts.

  2. That looks so cozy! And I love that your source materials are mostly recycled. I’ve been missing refashioning lately, and kids’ clothes sound like a great way to do that.

    • Thanks Becky. Kids’ clothes are so easy for refashioning since they use so little fabric. Plus I love the thrill of the hunt in trying to find good quality fabrics and then figuring out how to work with them in a transformative way. And if things go south, you won’t be out a lot of money in the end!

  3. It is very cool, but in all honesty his smile is so cute, it totally distracted me from your fabulous make! I get what you’re saying about the hood. It looks great but could be more functional. I love that the hood lining is from the luxury bin. What a find! So nice that he’s so happy with your great refashion.

  4. Nice jacket and post I have the magazine and your inspired to go sew for my son 🙂 for whom I don’t sew often ( I mean never ) and you are full of superb ideas

    • Thank you! The boys get forgotten in the queue LOL! You make so many beautiful garments, I can imagine anything you make for your son will just be fantastic!

  5. Great jacket! I’m always saving old clothes/finds for possible future use. I have a storage problem. (Surprise surprise!) Any tips? (For example, I wonder if I should cut up old jeans to flatten them, but I may need details from them.) – By the way, he’s a keeper, but you knew that!

    • Thanks Lodi. Ah, storage is an issue with clothes for upcycling! I have a storage bin dedicated to them, and when it gets filled up, I don’t allow myself to get any more recycled materials until I’ve reduced the bin by half. It’s a hard thing to do, especially in winter when there’s 99 cent sales on things like wool sweaters, but it’s become a good way of keeping myself honest. 😉 And I personally don’t flatten things/cut off the big useable parts at all because like you, I always leave open the possibility of using every last scrap of everything. There’s a wonderful children’s book by Simms Taback called “Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.” In a nutshell it outlines my philosophy of looking at materials that you have and when they’ve become too worn to be what they were intended, then you make something else. I know there’s people who would rather make something fresh and shiny, but for me, taking something old and making it into something new and shiny is every bit as exciting!

      • I like the idea of the dedicated storage bin. I just have to find one big enough! (He he.) I’m on my library’s book committee and I’ll have to make sure we have it, to pass that message along. (It’s a Caldecott I believe.) I look forward to your posts, as a gentle reminder to look around myself!

          • Smaller than…an “attic”. (What my husband calls my sewing room!) But seriously, a small scratched and dented filing cabinet. Thank you. New topic. We need a new word to replace “stash”, which seems frivolous. It’s insulting, like “pin money”. To me fabric is like food in a pantry or tools in a tool box. Excuse me, I’ve misplaced my soapbox…

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