This is why DIY sewing skillz can be a big money saver, not to mention a lil' creative fun. I am not the best at sewing to be honest, each project is a lesson...
so here is what I learned & how I did it....
I took a shirt I made a few years ago, and used it to make a new pattern.
When making a pattern from a garment you already own here are two important tips:
- Make sure to trace extra room at all the seams where you will be sewing (see pic below)
- Check for differences in the fabric, like stretch vs. not so stretchy and adjust accordingly
Once you trace your pattern cut it out with scissors.
I cut out the body part and the sleeves separate, because I planned on sewing them together later.
Making a hoody is actually super easy, like making a basic pillow!
Trace a hoody you already have, which will make a pattern for one side of the hoody. Both sides will match and be sewn together.
You can always test the paper pattern on your head to make sure it will fit, and to see how long the neck part may need to be to meet the back of your sweater.
Lay out all your pieces on the fabric and make sure you have enough. I ended up not having enough purple organic cotton fleece for the hoody and used more bamboo fabric instead.
To make cutting out the pattern you made easier, pin it down to the fabric. I totally hate this part for some reason and always try to find ways to get out of it... but it never turns out right without those pins holding it right in place.
I doubled the fabric so that I could cut out the back and front of the sweater all together.
I then took my sweater cut outs, and pinned them to the bamboo fabric I wanted to use as a warm smooth lining inside the organic cotton sweater.
I made the sleeves separate, and after sewing together the seams for the body part of the sweater, i added on the sleeves.
I did a tight zig zag stitch on the outside of the sweater so that it could have that cute handmade look.
The hoody got cut out and sewn on last....
The sweater is SO amazingly soft and warm, but was feeling a little tight because the fleece didn't have much stretch... (some organic cotton does and some doesn't, bamboo typically stretches.)I could have taken out the inner seams and loosened it up, but then i got another idea!!!
I cut down the entire front of the sweater and sewed some zig zag seams along those sides to hold in the bamboo lining.
Then I took the bone awl Urban Scout made me (see pic below) to punch holes evenly along those seams.
I used the bamboo lining scraps to create a corset, lace up front for the sweater that way the size could adjust with my needs.