My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along – Day 1: The Hoodie Pattern

Welcome to Day 1 of the My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along!

Hopefully most of you have already gathered your supplies and are ready to start stitching with me.

Today we will only be making the hoodie pattern though, so you still have an extra day before the actual sewing begins.

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern

Making the pattern is honestly one of the longest steps in the entire sew-along, but I promise it isn’t very difficult. I just wanted to share tons of pictures to help make sure that I cover as many of your potential questions as possible. After we get through the first piece, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to understand the system, and continue on with very little instruction. So lets get started!
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
To make the pattern you will need:
A hoodie: any size (newborn up to XXXL – They’ll all work.)
large sheets of paper: brown kraft paper or even wrapping paper would be fine
scissors – a pencil/pen/marker – straight pins or a sharp tracing wheel
a ruler: preferably a clear grid version, but any will do

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
Ok. Now a hoodie is made up of 4 different pattern pieces, 
and we are simply going to trace them one at a time. 
First lay your hoodie flat on your paper. 
Fold the hood down, along the seam where the hood and shirt meet. 
(add pins to help keep the seam flat if you need to.)

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
Trace around both side seams, the bottom edge, the curve of the collar, and the two shoulder seams.

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
Next, use your pins to poke through the armhole seam and make little pin pricks in the paper, following the curve.
You may want to place a piece of cardboard under your paper so the pins have something to stab besides your table. 
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
You could also use the tracing wheel for this if you are very careful to follow the curve.
The left is done with the tracing wheel, and the right is done with straight pins.
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
This is what you should have when you are finished, but don’t move your hoodie just yet!
Being very careful not to shift the hoodie, flip the hood up to it’s normal position.
  
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
Repeat the pinhole process along the seam of the front collar.

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
Now you may set your hoodie aside. You should have something similar to this underneath.  

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
Straighten the lower edge, and square up the side seams. 
Then connect the armhole pin marks and smooth out all the edges.
*Ignore the pinholes you made at the collar. We’ll come back to those later.*
For now just follow your original traced line.

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
Cut out your pattern and fold it in half. It will most likely not be symmetrical, and that’s ok.
Draw a vertical line, and place your center fold against it.

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial
Trace around your pattern following whichever edge is most prominent. 
It may change from front to back in different areas, but blend the line as best as you can.
Now you can add your seam allowance.
The amounts are entirely up to you, but I like to use 1″ for the hem (lower edge), 
and 3/8″ or 1/4″ for everything else. Just try to keep it consistent throughout.
This will be your BACK piece for your hoodie. You can cut it out by placing the vertical line on a fold, 
or simply fold the paper on that line and cut out a new symmetrical pattern piece.
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial

Now lets go back to you original tracing.
Unfold it and begin by connecting the pin marks along the collar. 
Once the curve is smoothed to your liking, cut it out and fold the piece in half again.
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial

Draw another vertical line and trace around the pattern once more.
This will be your FRONT pattern piece, and when you add your seam allowance, be sure to add it to the vertical line as well. That is where the zipper will attach so I prefer to use a 1/2″ SA there, a 1″ along the hem, and a 3/8 or 1/4″ everywhere else. Remember to use the same measurements that you used for the back piece.
This piece will not be cut on the fold, so you will need 2 of them. 
Make sure you are cutting a left and a right version if you’re using a fabric with a definite front and back.
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial

Dig your sweater back out and lay the hood flat this time. 
Trace along the outside edges, and make pin marks along the section where it meets the collar.
It should look something like this…
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial

Straighten the front edge, smooth the lines, and add your seam allowance.
I like to use the same measurement for the front edge as I used for the zipper edge, so it’s 1/2″ here.
If you would like to line the hood, the SA on the front edge can remain at your 3/8 or 1/4″ measurement.
You will need to cut 4 layers instead of 2 though. (2 lining, and 2 outer)

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern Tutorial

Yay, Let’s do it all again with the sleeve. (I told you you’d get the hang of it!)
This time the vertical line will be horizontal instead though, and will run along the top edge of the sleeve.
Flatten – Trace – Pin – Straighten – Smooth – Seam allowance (1/2″ at hem) – Cut out – Unfold
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along Day 1: Hoodie Pattern

And you’re Done!

You should now have 4 pieces: Front – Back – Hood – Sleeve

Go ahead and cut out 2 of everything except the back (just 1 of that)

and tomorrow we’ll begin sewing this hoodie together…Starting with the mane!

How to trace a pattern from an existing hoodie.

Feel free to send me any questions you might have, and always remember;

When in doubt cut it larger. You can always trim something that’s too big, 

but there’s no going back if you make it too small.

Good Luck!

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My Little Pony Sew-along Links


Pony Costume Supply List Day 7 – Pants Pattern
Day 1 – Hoodie Pattern Day 8 – Basic Sweatpants
Day 2 – Attaching the Mane Day 9 – Pony Tail
Day 3 – Zipper Installation Day 10 – Pegasus Wings
Day 4 – Attaching the Hood Day 11 – Cutie Marks
Day 5 – Ears Day 12 – Hairstyle Options
Day 6 – Unicorn Horn Spike the Dragon Pattern Pieces

12 thoughts on “My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along – Day 1: The Hoodie Pattern

  1. I just did mine on wrapping paper. I found that the genius graphing on the underside of the paper made the process of cleaning up lines, making seam allowances and cutting it all out extremely easy. Great job on the tutorial. Simple and so easy to follow. On to the hair!

    1. Glad you found it. Those weights are so easy to make, and I swear I've used them every single day since I've made them, even if it's just to distract the kids for a few minutes. They are definitely awesome!

  2. My daughter doesn't have any hoodies that fit right. My poor kids tend to have larger heads than what they make for hoodies. Would it work to use a long sleeve shirt for the general part and then measure her head to try and get a measurement for the hood part? She wants to be Fluttershy and I haven't sewn anything more than curtains and a stuffed animal, and don't quite know how to fudge things the right way to make it work. Thanks!

    1. Sorry to give such bad news, but hoods are notoriously hard to "fudge" even if you've been sewing for years and years. And a long sleeve shirt also doesn't have the extra ease that would allow you to fit the hoodie over a shirt later. The only options that I can explain easily are to either get a pattern from the fabric store and make the next size up, or trace a too-small hoodie that you already have and add 1/4 -1/2 inch to all the seam allowances to make it larger. I wish I could be more help, but unfortunately there are about a dozen different variables that would affect this kind of problem. Sorry 🙁

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