A fistful of Finlaysons

I  made my first Thread Theory Finlayson for Mark, but had to face the fact that it was a bit small. This was bad, but also good because it meant that I could have it! However, it also meant that I needed to make him another one (or two).

Mark took them on his recent holiday to Tasmania and, thanks to Archie, I have photos with the magnificent Wineglass Bay in the background.


I made the first one from the same crimson as the first, but I only lined the hood with grey – I didn’t give it contrasting bands. IMG_5562.JPG

A gratuitous photo of the bay – what a perfect day!


I also made him a cream Finlayson

IMG_5573.JPG from organic bamboo fleece that I bought online and which has lingered in my stash for far too long. IMG_5566.JPG

I made this one all cream, with no contrast. IMG_5567.JPG

This size looks much better on Mark, so everyone is happy again! I also made the track pants that Mark is wearing in all these photos – Kwik Sew 3663 as usual.

Although I’m pretending this is a post about hoodies, it’s really about the beauty of Tasmania. The next few photos show a waterfall that is 3km from Mark’s mother’s house and nobody knew about it. I need to say that she lives in walking distance of Hobart’s CBD!

Mark is wearing a sweatshirt that I made him last year and a very old pair of tracksuit pants, again from Kwiksew 3663..


and Archie is wearing nothing that I’ve made!


such a beautiful place, I am demanding to be taken when we visit again in December.IMG_5593.JPG

Another gratuitous photo looking out over the city.


Then they headed off to Pelverata Falls which is a 114m high waterfall in the Snug Tiers in Southern Tasmania. I’m telling you, you’d want to be snug, I’ll bet it’s freezing!IMG_5631.JPG

I didn’t really have enough of the crimson fleece for this hoodie and Archie told me that contrasting cuffs and hem band weren’t the go (who makes these rules??), so I had to piece the hem band together. It’s supposed to be a single piece of fabric, but his is in four pieces. IMG_5616.JPG

Again, this is quite close to Hobart and, although it’s a two hour walk in, it looks as though it’s worth a visit, and once again, I am demanding to be taken.

I made one for Archie but he didn’t take it to Tasmania with him – grrr! So here it is, sans Archie. IMG_7929

When I made this one I closely examined a RTW one that he owns (Nike) and tried to copy some of the finishes. Cover stitched seams (I note that some of the stitching has disappeared into the fabric).IMG_7930

and the pockets. I also did a satin stitch at the top and bottom of the pocket openings.IMG_7931

Back in Perth, here is Tom’s black Finlayson,  but this time I offered him a flannel hood lining. He jumped at the offer and asked that it match his birthday flanno.


I did have to piece the flannel, but managed the pattern matching so that it doesn’t show. IMG_7814

Of course, I had to get action shots of the hoodie with Heidi!


I was thrilled with the fit, IMG_7819

although Tom thinks the sleeves are a bit long. I did the same finishes as on Archie’s hoodie.IMG_7841

A final shotIMG_7818

This won’t be the end of my hoodie making activities but I probably won’t blog them – unless they visit somewhere exotic!


13 thoughts on “A fistful of Finlaysons

  1. Gorgeous bay. Beautiful beach. Romántico and rygged waterfall! Sweet pooch!
    Oh and the hoodies are all terrific.
    I have been thinking about making matching fleece hoodies for my Beloved and I for winter.
    Our winters are much like yours. We think it is frigid. People from north of the border parade around half naked. Lovely post.

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  2. Oh, it does look so cold there! but yes, very beautiful. The bay looks a lot like Bunkers Bay, my favourite beach in the world 🙂 All fabulous hoodies and it’s good that you’ve determined the perfect fit for him, but equally good that you have one for yourself too. Score!

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  3. You’ve been a dedicated sewing bee for your men! The fit is great (at least on Mark and Tom) and the top stitching is perfect. I think these Finlaysons beat any RTW hoodies. Superb pics too!


  4. Where to start? I just loved this post. The scenery, lovely hoodies (I wouldn’t mind the cream one myself!) and Heidi of course.


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