Have you ever had an idea burn in your brain for ages before you finally set it free? This sweater is one of those. Wolves are kind of my thing, I guess. Like if I were to be an animal, that would be it. Mammal (I like to nurse), stays with its family in a pack, lives in temperate woodlands, is freaking awesome in general etc etc.
Hawthorne needed a raised by wolves sweater. He told me. As you can see though, Hawthorne isn’t actually wearing the sweater.
His freaking awesome in general sister is. Sweater knit grows as you sew it, and my kids are peanuts. So this 18 month sized raglan tee hack fits my 4 year old just fine. Poor Hawthorne. Maybe I’ll make him a wolf COAT.
This! I was so excited, guys. Several silly looking sketch versions of this went into the final design. Normally I work off of some reference point- a style, piece of art, original design, pop culture. This just made a hasty exit from my brain without any planning. And I’m sharing my drawing at the end here in case anyone wants to use it for something.
So, I really love U2. They’ve been my favorite band since I was a little kid on the school bus spinning Joshua tree on my walkman. Then I met my husband on a fan site. And this is the first U2 inspired item I’ve sewn one of my kids. Crazy, right? It’s something I wanted to put on a shirt anyway, but when U2 put out a song called “raised by wolves” I was like ok fine. It’s TIME, beeyatch.
Their new album, Songs Of Innocence, dropped while we were in Oregon. It was on nonstop play for the rest of our trip. ALL of our kids know the songs now. No joke, when an Apple commercial with their song playing came on TV, Hawthorne dropped what he was doing, squealed, ran to the TV and started thumping the table to the beat. That’s my boy. I also dream of getting him some hard core ear mufflers and taking him along to a show on the next tour. This sweater can be his uniform.
In the meantime, Violet loves it. She’ll probably destroy it too, so good thing I have the stencil in the computer now.
Upcycles are my favorite. Quality garment fabric, reusable details, keeping something perhaps unwanted from taking up space in a landfill. This fabric came from a Jcrew thrifted sweater I got for myself. It didn’t get worn a ton because the 3/4 sleeves made me want to rip my arms off. You can barely see it in this shot below of me and Violet.
The sweater had a hood, and I thought this little version would be cuter with one too. So I just used a little hooded sweater of Hawthorne’s for reference and cut up the neck a bit to make a shorter hood. But I left the original front and back seams intact. All the original hems were used too, so it was super quick. Then I tried it on him and it was HUGE. Even with the sleeves rolled up, the neck was just falling off his shoulders because of the stretchy sweater knit. I tried making the neck opening smaller by taking in the seam allowance a bit, but it was still bad.
Then I tried it on Violet, and suddenly it looked like a sweater. Of course. She pretty well fits into his baby clothes anyway. I sewed the Field Trip raglan tee from Oliver and S in an 18 month width for my little peanut of a 14 month old, knowing that it was too big for him but figuring bigger would be just right for a sweater. As far as the length I actually cut it all out in 6 month length because I was using the old hems, and I added about and inch for the sleeves. That was a mistake. I can roll the sleeves up double basically all the way to his armpits. Lol.
In the U2 song, the chorus goes “Raised by wolves, stronger than fear” so I added some extra to the back of the sweater. …..
“Violet show me the back” And she does this little booty dance. Lol. I love that kid.
Fabric: Upcycled Jcrew sweater knit
Pattern: Oliver and S field trip raglan tee in size 18m/6m with added hood
Raised By Wolves Stencil Graphic
A note on how I used this: I traced the stencil onto freezer paper and cut along all the outside lines. After ironing it at high heat with my iron to my fabric, I applied a layer of black fabric paint. Then when that was dry, I added a layer of white details on the teeth, claws, body of the wolf, and tail. And I filled in the letter holes with white paint.
You can save this image directly, which is sized at 10″ across. Scale it to print for your particular project.