You may be familiar with Reddit, the online forum that has something for everyone (really! Check out their sewing subreddit, or the one for knitting, or the one for sushi, or the one for potato salad... you get the idea!). One of the subreddits is called Secret Santa, and they organize gift exchanges throughout the year. You sign up for an exchange and are given a name and address to send a gift to. All the exchanges have themes, and one of the recent ones had a Medieval theme.
I was stumped as to what to do for my giftee, until my daughter pointed me at an online picture of a hoodie that looked like a suit of armor. Perfect!! But, of course, there's no pattern for it. Which, or course, has never stopped me before. I drafted the base pattern with PatternMaster Tailor Made and kind of winged the remaining pieces.
It took a little trial and error, but overall I'm pleased with the final result, which was sent out this afternoon and should reach its recipient early next week. Can't wait to hear what he thinks of it; I hope he likes it.
I asked my daughter's fiance to help model it as he is about the same size as my giftee, so I was able to get some pictures prior to packing it up.
And a close-up of the hood:
The helmet parts do swing up and down, and can also be removed.
Everything is made of fleece. The add-on parts are two layers, and some of them (like the helmet face pieces) have a layer of Pellon Decor Bond in them to provide stiffness. The black "grill" on the face piece was done with strips of heat-transfer vinyl, cut with the Silhouette Cameo.
Alex has now requested one for himself, and as soon as my son Ian saw it, he said he wants one too. They really weren't too difficult to make, and now that I've made one I have some ideas on how to improve it.