Winter is coming – and so are sweatshirts

It is getting colder! Or at least it was sort of meant to. So I decided to invest in some warm fabrics and sew up some sweatshirts.

My husband recently bought me a screen printing kit, so this a good practice run for making him (and me) some hoodies. I honestly don’t know why I have to make them before I print on them, as they are so much cheaper to buy, but then again, I seem to like torturing myself with unnecessary, time-consuming things, such as taking apart old clothes to make new ones.


DIY sweatshirt #2 front 2



Old to new

Speaking of turning old clothes into patterns for new clothes, that is how I made these sweatshirts. I had one that I owned for almost 10 years. It looked super nice on me and I did love it dearly. It wasn’t even falling apart, but it was starting to look a bit… grubby. Rather than throwing it away, I decided to use the pattern. This involves unpicking tons of overlock thread, which is rather dull and, I find, best done while watching something that doesn’t require too much attention.

As per usual, when unpicking overlocked clothing, all the pattern pieces come out a bit uneven. One sleeve is unlike the other (I completely improvised the sleeve pattern, as they were so crooked), one shoulder is higher than the other… I think this might be why store-bought t-shirts do that thing where they become all wonky after you wash them, with the side seams not lining up with the shirt sides anymore.


All my pattern pieces

So I made the pattern pieces modelled on the original sweatshirt and cut them out of this very thick, very green material.

DIY sweatshirt parts


There are two front pieces, which join above the bust. This gives me the opportunity to put elastic at the top of the lower piece and accommodate for my boobs.

DIY sweatshirt elastic sewn in


 Some progress pictures of the making process

DIY sweatshirt sewing in the neckband

my trusty overlocker doing a good job


DIY sweatshirt front and back

front and back piece joined


DIY sweatshirt shoulders sewn in

I sewed the shoulder seams first and then did the sides and sleeves in one continuous seam.


The finished product

DIY sweatshirt #1 front


DIY sweatshirt #1 side

DIY sweatshirt #1 back

And another

So after finishing the green sweatshirt and being rather happy with it, I made another one in this lovely patterned fabric, which is slightly less thick and warm.

DIY sweatshirt #2 front 2


DIY sweatshirt #2 side


DIY swearshirt #2 back