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.
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!
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
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.)
Trace around both side seams, the bottom edge, the curve of the collar, and the two shoulder seams.
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.
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.
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.
Repeat the pinhole process along the seam of the front collar.
Now you may set your hoodie aside. You should have something similar to this underneath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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)
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
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!
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.
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