Kupo! I’m Mindy from the Geeky Seamstress. You can probably guess by my blog name that I was super excited to see this month’s theme! I’ve been thinking about making a moogle hoodie for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity. If you’re not familiar with moogles, they’re a race of teddy bear/bat-like creatures from the video game franchise Final Fantasy.
I used the Avacado hoodie from Seamster Patterns as the base for this project. It’s a fantastic design and gave me lots of opportunities to play with color blocking. The only part of the hoodie that gave me pause was the front pocket. Fortunately, Mari made a video tutorial describing the process.
The face appliques were the most time-consuming part of this project. I used scraps of black, red, and pink fleece for the ears and the face. The face pieces were fused with applique paper and then satin stitched to the terry.
I made the pom with red fleece and then stuffed it with fiberfill. I attached it with a large heavy-duty snap, which makes it easy to remove for washing.
I absolutely love the wings. I drafted them using this pattern as a guideline. I left the edges of the wing free so they sort of flap when I walk.
Pattern: Avacado hoodie, view B
Fabric: 1.5~ yd. French terry, 1~ yd. purple sweatshirt fleece, and black, pink, and red anti-pill fleece for the face.
Alterations: I slashed the hood and added 5/8″ seam allowance to create room for the ears. I also added a zipper to the center front, did a small FBA, and added ribbon to the neckline.
Notions: Thread, zipper, applique paper, twill tape, batting, snap.
Make it again?: Probably. I’d love to have a couple of regular versions of this hoodie for everyday wear.
Favorite parts: Other than prancing around as moogle? I really like the overall shape of the hoodie. The princess seams are very flattering, and I love the thumb holes.
Other thoughts: I adore this hoodie. It’s very happy making. I don’t think I’ll make another moogle one for myself, but if I did, I’d make the ears a little smaller and add interfacing to keep them up. The terry really didn’t want to stay up, but the fleece helped with that. I’d also add the ribbon all around the neckline prior to adding the zipper for a cleaner finish.
You can see more photos of this hoodie over at my blog The Geeky Seamstress.
OMG the wings are the best bit! 😀 it’s Moogletastic!
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Haha, thanks! I really love those wings. They’re definitely my favorite part of the hoodie!
This is so freakin’ awesome!!! Love the idea, love the way it looks! (And those wings – so cute!) 😀
Thanks, Kat! 🙂
Very cleverly put together!
Thank you! 🙂