Introducing the eyesore, It is huge, gray, and in need of love. I’ve had this sweatshirt for years and it has always been about 3 sizes too big. I decided to dress it up a bit so I could get a little more use out of it.
Let me start off by saying that I am in NO way a seamstress. I can make pillows and curtains like a champ but clothes are much more difficult. Sometimes I get it right and make a masterpiece but it takes me forever to get to that point. With that said I thought I would tackle this project with no research. I have seen this sweatshirt on Pinterest for the past year or so and I loved it! I thought it looked really simple to replicate.
I have tried to find the original source for the photo above with no luck. I believe it is supposed to go to an Etsy page that has closed. If anyone knows the correct link for the photo please let me know it, so that I can give credit where it is due.
Lucky you, you get to learn from my mistakes :)
Here is the sweatshirt before. It was huge! I ended up cutting off more than 8 inches!
I started at the fabric store and found some flannel plaid that I loved. I ended up getting just a yard of fabric. 2 different colors of thread, one that matched the sweatshirt and one that matched the flannel. Then I picked up sew-on snaps, because frankly I am too lazy to make button holes. (I also got buttons that I planned on using just as decoration but I didn’t end up using them.)
I started by removing the front pocket. It was easy with the seam riper.
Then I determined where I wanted to have the front cut.
For the hood lining I traced the existing hood and sewed the pieces together. (I’m sorry I spaced on getting pictures of that step.) I gave myself a little extra fabric to work with so that I could wrap the lining around the front of the hood. I pinned it with about an inch folded over and stitched it on.
Then measured out my arms and gave myself a bit of extra inches and pinned off the sleeves. When you do these remember to gradually lessen the measurement to make the sleeve tapered. I did a simple stitch first just to make sure it fit and then went back over it with a more heavy duty stitch later. Repeat this step on both arms.
I removed the fabric at the end of the sleeve with a seam riper. To add the flannel to the sleeves I created a cuff on the end of the sleeves. I cut a 3 inch thick strip of flannel and created a tube by sewing the ends together. I just folded the flannel tube over the end of the sleeve and sewed them together.
After both sleeves were done I tailored in the sides of the sweatshirt to fit a bit better. For this all I needed to do was sew a straight line down from where my armpit will be. (I will probably go back and bring the waist in a little bit, but for this tutorial I skipped that step.)
I then continued the fold over from the hood all the way down the front of the sweatshirt.
I sewed on the snap ons for the front, by hand.
Then I sewed lines into the front of the sweatshirt in my attempt to follow my original inspiration.
Next step was to sew on the bottom thingy (I can’t come up with a good name for it.) As you can see it wouldn’t have looked finished at the bottom if I hadn’t of put it back on.
The last step was to add flannel to the other side.
1 old sweatershirt, 9 hours of time, $10 (for fabric, thread and snaps), and a bit of inspiration later it was done!
With the snaps there is even 3 different ways to wear the sweatshirt
What do you think? Would you change anything?