How to Make a Men's Fleece Hoodiecomments (16) December 16th, 2011
Why is it so hard to make for guys? Usually I would limit myself to accessories, as the thought of making men's clothing tends to send me scurrying. But since I foolishly used my works-for-anyone recycled sweater hat project for last week's post, I decided to face my fear and go for the gold: a men's hoodie. See, I had a revelation at about 2 am last night: Men are square! No, no, I don't mean that they're boring or unadventurous when it comes to fashion (cough, cough). I am referring, rather, to their body shape. Generally speaking, men are fairly rectangular, at least compared with us curvy females. Furthermore, they like their clothes to fit loose and boxy, or in other words, SQUARE. Therefore, making a pattern is a piece of cake!
I used a basic men's T-shirt as my pattern reference (a long-sleeved T or sweatshirt would work even better), and some Polarfleece I happened to have in my stash. Cotton sweatshirt fleece would work great, too.
First you'll need to cut out the five easy pieces (front, back, sleeves, hood, and pocket).
1. For the front and back, I used my lazy method of making patterns: I didn't. Instead, I just laid the T, folded in half along the center front, on top of a double piece of folded fleece (four layers). Allowing for a 1/4-inch seam allowance and a 1-inch hem allowance at the bottom, I simply cut around the T-shirt as my pattern. As I said before, it's a rectangle, so this isn't hard. The only two areas of any minor concern are the armholes and neck. For the armholes, just lift the sleeve and fold it back along the slightly curved seamline to follow for the shape of your armhole. For the neck, use the back neckline for all layers, following the neck seam and not the edge of the band. Once you have entirely cut out both pieces at once, you can separate them and cut one neck slightly lower, making it the front.
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