Anywho, it struck me that the Kitschy Coo Penny Pinafore had all the bones I needed to hack it into a rip front hoodie. Bonus, I knew the pattern would fit me well since I'd made it up already. Double bonus round - the stash held navy fleece, bought from fabric.com, and navy ribbing, bought from Kitschy Coo. All this project needed was the purchase of a 24" zipper and a little elbow grease.
With just a little tweak to the neck line......
This finish was done to the princess line seams, front and back, as well as the center seam of the hood. All other seams where serged normally with matching navy thread.
Here's the hoodie in action, urrgh work those 3lb weights. More reps, MOAR reps! God, Froggie is a hard personal trainer.
So are you convinced that you need one of these hoodies yet? If so you're in luck cause I've done a tutorial with all the tweaks. You will be changing the neckline depth, adding seam allowance for a zipper and drafting a hood. I promise that drafting a hood isn't too hard, I'm pretty sure that Froggie can do it.
Size up at least 1 size from the one recommended for your measurements. This will give you a little extra ease for layering. For reference I'm using size 5, the green size. To determine how long I wanted the sweat shirt I used the oh so scientific method of holding the pattern in front of my body. My version is 24" from the highest part of the shoulder to the hem band seam. The hem band is 2 1/4" inches for a combined length of 26 1/4". This made the CF 24" which meant I didn't have to shorten a standard 24" long plastic zipper.
1. Trace the center front, center back, side front and side back pieces to the length you desire. I stopped about 5 1/2" before the tunic line. You probably want to remove some of the hip flare on the side seam since you are not making a dress. Just flatten the curved line to a straight one for now. The sleeve and cuff can be traced without changes. Make sure to leave plenty of paper in the neckline area so that neckline changes can be drafted on.
3. Starting with the Center front. I've extended the CF line upwards 4 1/4" and extended the shoulder seam in towards the neck 1".
8. Your CF and CB pieces are now done and can be cut out. Draw in the seam allowance on the neck and shoulders for when you draft the hood.
The quick and dirty method of getting hood measurements.
- For hood height place a ruler on your shoulder and place the other hand flat on the top of your head. Grab the ruler with your fingers to measure the hood height.
1. Take the CF and CB pieces and place them in this configuration with seam allowances overlapping.
1. Sew princess seams on front and back pieces.
2. Sew shoulder seams together.
3. Set in sleeves flat.
4. Sew up sleeve and side seams.
5. Sew together cuffs and attach to sleeve.
6. Sew on hem band/hem bottom.
7. Install zipper. I recommend fusing some interfacing into the SA before sewing in the zipper to cut down on the waviness.
8. Sew back hood seam.
9. Hem hood edge.
10. Attach hood to neckline.
11. Top stitch along edge of zipper to keep it from flipping out and you're finished.
If you like the look of your muslin, then break out the real sweat shirt fleece and go to town. When you're done you can dance around cause you're warm and not currently working out. Wheeeee!
Happy Hacking peeps but be careful, it's addicting. :)