How to Sew a Hoodie in 9 Steps | Loungewear Set Part 1 of 2

For Christmas, I got my bestie @alykuro and I UNWELL beanies from Call Her Daddy; Alyssa’s is baby blue and mine is lavender. Then I had the thought to make us matching loungewear sets! And so here we are. Here’s a little sewalong! Click the video below to watch or just keep scrolling for the written instructions.






before you begin sewing...

  • WASH + DRY + IRON your fabric

  • DOWNLOAD PATTERN. I got the FREE HOODIE PATTERN from Mood Sewciety.

  • ASSEMBLE PATTERNS + CUT OUT PATTERN PIECES It took me about 1.5 hours total to print, tape, and cut both patterns while I watched The Queen’s Gambit.

  • For the hoodie, I used SIZE 8/10.

  • For the shorts, I used US 6 / EUR 38.

  • For reference, my measurements are:

  • BUST: 35-in

  • WAIST: 29.5-in

  • HIPS: 37.5-in

  • THIGH: 20-in

  • NOTE: I used the 4/6 SIZE for Alyssa’s hoodie and the head hole was really tiny. So if you’re using any size under the 8/10 SIZE make sure the head hole isn’t too small!



materials + supplies

  • PRINTER + PAPER. I print my patterns on scratch paper. I encourage you to do the same :)

  • REGULAR SCISSORS These are my favorite pair of scissors I’ve ever owned!

  • MATCHING THREAD (i.e. I got lavender thread to match the lavender fabric)

  • SEWING MACHINE, duh. See link for mine!

  • SERGER (optional). See link for mine!

  • CHALK or PENCIL for marking.

  • FABRIC SHEARS or ROTARY CUTTER

  • THREAD SNIPS

  • 3 YARDS OF YOUR CHOICE OF FABRIC. I used Kona Cotton to make mine and Alyssa’s lounge sets because it was the only fabric that best matched our UNWELL beanies from Call Her Daddy. However, I would recommend using something like terrycloth.

  • IRON + IRONING BOARD





how to sew the hoodie


There are instructions on the Mood Sewciety blog, which is a great resource for FREE patterns, however, I wanted to film a sewalong of how I went about assembling this hoodie.


NOTE: Unless indicated, I’m using a ½-in seam allowance. For top stitching, I’m using a 5.0 stitch length. For everything else, I’m using a 2.5 stitch length.



STEP 1. CUT PATTERN PIECES

  • It took me about 1.5 hours total to print, tape, and cut the hoodie pattern while I watched The Queen’s Gambit. I chose not to include the pocket or the grommets or the hoodie string.

  • I used SIZE 8/10. Again, for reference, my measurements are:

  • BUST: 35-in

  • WAIST: 29.5-in

  • HIPS: 37.5-in

  • THIGH: 20-in


STEP 2. CUT FABRIC

  • You should have 6 PATTERN PIECES:

  • FRONT - cut 1 on fold

  • BACK - cut 1 on fold

  • SLEEVES - cut 2 face to face

  • HOOD - cut 2 face to face

  • Again, I used Kona Cotton to make mine and Alyssa’s lounge sets because it was the only fabric that best matched our UNWELL beanies from Call Her Daddy.


OPTIONAL STEP. SERGE EDGES


Serging the edges is just something that makes me feel better about the interior of the garment. It looks clean and I love serging anything.



STEP 4. ASSEMBLE HOODIE

  • With wrong sides facing sew hoodie pieces. Use a 1-in seam allowance.

  • Press seams open and top stitch with 5.0 stitch length.

  • As an extra step, I rolled my hem to hide the serging.

  • Hem the front of the hood using a 1-in seam allowance and 5.0 stitch length . I rolled my serged end in first and pressed it and then measured the 1-in seam allowance from there. I pressed it after so it was nice and crisp!

  • NOTE: Instead of using grommets, you can create a button hole! But I elected to not include the hoodie string so I skipped this step.


STEP 5. ATTACH BODICE FRONT AND BACK PIECES

  • Attach bodice pieces at the shoulders with right sides facing. Use a ⅜-in seam allowance. Make sure your stitch length is 2.5.

  • Press shoulder seams open and top stitch with 5.0 stitch length.

  • Sew the side seams. Use a ⅜-in seam allowance and 2.5 stitch length.

  • NOTE: If you want to hide the serged edges, use a 1-in seam allowance. I did this for Alyssa’s hoodie but not mine.

  • Press side seams open and top stitch with 5.0 stitch length.


STEP 6. ASSEMBLE SLEEVES

  • Hem end of sleeves. Fold in 1-in and tuck in the serged edge. Hem using a 5.0 stitch length.

  • Fold the sleeve in half so that the right sides are facing each other. Sew together using a ⅜-in seam allowance.

  • Repeat on the opposite arm.


STEP 7. ATTACH SLEEVES TO BODICE

  • Bodice piece should be WRONG SIDE OUT. Turn sleeve RIGHT SIDE OUT. Insert sleeve into armscye so that RIGHT SIDES are touching.

  • Use a ½-in seam allowance. I start sewing in the armpit of the garment.

  • Repeat on the opposite arm.


STEP 8. HEM + CROP BODICE

  • Try on bodice and decide how much or how little you want to hem.

  • I ended up folding about 4-in so that the front bodice measures 14-in in length (from the bottom of the neckline to the bottom edge; see photo).

  • Iron the crease and hem using a 5.0 stitch length.





STEP 9. ATTACH HOOD TO BODICE

  • Attach the hood to the neckline of the bodice so that the front of the hoodie overlaps.

  • I marked the center of the back bodice piece so that I could match the center of the hood to the back of the bodice. I marked the center of the front bodice piece so that I could match it to the front overlapping portion of the hoodie.

  • Sew together using a ½-in seam allowance and make sure your stitch length is 2.5.


DONE!

Thanks Mood Sewciety!