I am busy preparing for my Fall and Holiday Craft shows. Yes, I know it is only April, but the year passes quickly and there are some new items that I want to present this year.
Let’s talk Sweatshirts: easy to wear, but one can easily slip into a sloppy scenario. Let’s take the humble sweatshirt to a new height in fashion. One of the most important thing to remember is buy a quality sweatshirt. Hanes are cheap and easy to find at WalMart, but they shrink, and are narrow in the arms. Worst of all when the ribbing is remove the shirt can be so uneven that several inches must be removed to make an even edge. My advice is hit a thrift store or buy Jerzees(a step above Hanes and not too expensive).
The following directions will create a kimono style jacket from a humble sweatshirt in 8 easy steps. Since we are adding additional fabric width of 6 inches to the front edge of the sweatshirt, you want to purchase a smaller size than you normally wear.
Supplies: pre laundried sweatshirt, fabric less than 1/2 yard, thread, scissors, ruler, washable crayola marker, light weight fusible interfacing 1/4 yard, iron, sewing machine
1. Before removing the ribbing launder in hot water and dry in the dryer. The shirt may shrink a little, but better now than after it becomes a jacket.
2. Remove the ribbing from the sweatshirt: neck, cuff, bottom. Cut it off with scissors or use a seam ripper. Another option is to leave the ribbing on the cuff.
3. Lay the sweatshirt out and determine the center front by folding the shirt in half lengthwise. Using a washable crayola marker draw a straight line down the center front. Using scissors cut the center front open, be sure you are not cutting the back at the same time.
4. With a 12 inch ruler draw a diagonal line from the neck edge(place the ruler tip approximately two and half inches from the neck edge diagonally down the front) draw a line and cut with scissors. Do the same on the other front edge.
5. Turn up the raw edge of the sweatshirt sleeves and bottom, stitch. I like to use a zigzag stitch; it gives the edge more stability. Leave the front and neck edge unstitched.
6. Cut a piece of cotton fabric 6 inches wide by 74 inches long(the measurement is the length of the 2 fronts+the neckline area). The fabric piece will be seamed to make it long enough. My measurement is based on an XL sweatshirt. Cut interfacing 3 inches wide by length of the fabric piece. This can also be pieced. Iron the interfacing to the pieced fabric. Fold the fabric piece in half lengthwise and press. Press one of the lengthwise edges under a quarter inch.
7. Stitch the unfolded raw edge o the inside edge of sweatshirt front and neckline. The folded lengthwise edge will be stitched to the sweatshirt front and neck edge.
8. Go back to the ironing board, repress the folded fabric piece which has now become the collar. Trim the bottom edge of the collar to 1/2 inch from sweatshirt edge. Turn this edge up, press. This edge is now even with the hemmed sweatshirt edge. Fold the collar’s 1/4 inch folded edge to the front of the sweatshirt, press and pin. Stitch the edge to the sweatshirt. Remember to stitch across the bottom edge of the collar.
You have successfully created a kimono jacket from a sweatshirt. Wear it with pride.