Asymmetrical zip up hoodies look awesome!!! Having an off centre zip leave a big clean space in the middle of the jacket. I’ve used this space for a heart centre print but even with the print, moving the zip sideways give a cleaner look.
BUT have you ever tried on or owned an asymmetrical zip hoodie that looked fabulous on…but only if it was zipped up? Once you want to wear it open it hangs oddly, flaps about, and leaves you feeling off balance with one side heavier than the other. I’ve experienced this in most asymmetrical hoodies which is why I never really wanted to make one and instead shunned the whole idea. But that clean look…. I wanted it so bad for my new SeenUnseen range. So I set out on a design journey to make THE PERFECT asymmetrical zip up hoodie! The Goal: To have it look AND feel great, both zipped up or open…6 months and several versions later and here it is:
Left front (the side that extends across your chest to zip on the other side) has a facing that is wider at the top and narrower near the hem. This means unzipped when the top of this part flaps open you’ll see a seamless facing, not the inside of a jacket. The facing narrows quickly to meet the centre line so as to not add extra weight to this side of the jacket.
Right (the side with the zip on it) is often extended across your chest under the front of the jacket to add weight, the idea being that this will balance out the weight of the opposing side. What it actually does is add a big pile of bulky fabric across your chest like a double breasted coat, makes you feel like you’re wearing a chest plate and also means both sides of the jacket flop heavily when left open. In this design I’ve only extended this side of the jacket to the centre line.
It's also about the angle of the zip. Put that thing on a total diagonal across your chest and of course it's going to hang oddly. Put that thing straight, but off to one side and you're going to have a similar problem. I've balanced the angle to help balance the jacket
What all this means!?? When you wear the jacket open, the right side will hang as is if were a normal centre zip hoodie. The left side will hang as if it were a normal centre zip hoodie. The top part of the left side will fall back on itself and sit happily on your chest with the facing covering the inside seams.
P.S. I am a fully qualified Marine Biologist. Haha I did not go to fashion school. If you’re in fashion and reading this and thinking…what hell are you talking about, because all the lingo is wrong...that is why. I know what I know because I’ve been sewing hoodies for 10 years and solving problems along the way. My science background gave me the ability and desire to apply logic and maths to pattern design and I’m also a practical girl and I don’t believe it’s enough for clothes to simply look great. I want every designs to look great, feel great, be practical, be durable and be packed with features.
That is a 13ft Female Tiger Shark :) It's she beautiful :)