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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lapped Front Infant Hoodie: Tutorial and Pattern


Last year during Top-toberfest I had a newborn baby.  I made him the sweetest little sweatshirt, made up a pattern, and then it never found it's way into the series.  So, one year later, I'm finally sharing it with you.  Unfortunately a few of the tutorial photos were deleted from my computer, so I'll do the best to fill in the gaps.

I loved this sweatshirt for a newborn.  The lapped front, allows you to pull the sweatshirt off an on with ease.  No zippers, no buttons, no snaps.  Easy on, easy off, and a relatively happy baby (what baby really loves having their clothes changed).

This sweatshirt pattern is gender neutral-hooray.  I made a really basic sweatshirt with the materials that I had on hand, but you could really dress it up with pockets, buttons, trims, etc.





What you'll need:
Printable Infant Hoodie pattern 0-3 months
1 yard of sweatshirt fleece (estimate...I used a remnant piece).
Ribbed Knit for arm bands, and waist band
Sewing supplies

*Lining pieces can be cut out of contrast knit fabric if desired
Cut a three inch strip of ribbed knit for arm bands, and a 4 inch strip for the waistband

Cut out pattern pieces according to pattern instructions.


Place hood pieces, and hood lining pieces right sides together.  Pin along the outside curve.  Sew together.  Notch the curve to ease fabric for turning.


Press seams open.


Place hood and lining pieces right sides together, match up seams, and pin along the inside curve.  


Stitch, and clip curve.


Turn hood pieces right sides out.  Press.  Topstitch along the new seam.  Stay stitch along the bottom raw edges of the hood to secure pieces for attachment.


Stitch 1/8" away from either side of the center hood seam to secure hood and lining. Contrast stitching anyone?


Take your front sweatshirt pieces, and your back sweatshirt piece, and sew together at shoulder seams.


Attach the hood to the sweatshirt. Match up the center hood seam with the center of the sweatshirt back. Right sides of fabric should face each other.  


Pin along the remaining tails of the hood, as you near the ends of the tails, angle the tails down so that the topstitched edge curves into the seam. Stitch in place.


Better picture?  Press seam down. The hood tails will not meet up with the side seams.

Topstitch hood seam down.


Next, cross the front pieces over one another. Pin along side edges and bottom edge.  The back sweatshirt piece should not be pinned at this point.

 Secure layers by stitching 1/8 inch away from raw edges.


Place right sides of sweatshirt front and back together.  Match up side seams.  Sew side seams.


Next for the sleeves.  You can attach the ribbed knit however you'd like.  sewing cuffs in the round on infant clothing isn't my favorite, so I used a cheater method.

First off, you need to measure the width of the bottom of the sleeve (because I've misplaced my notes).  You will cut your strip of ribbed knit into two  pieces that are 3/4 as long as the width of your sleeves. Once your strips are cut, press the ribbed knit in half. Find the center point of the sleeves and the ribbing.  Pin in place, right sides together, matching up raw edges. Stretch the ribbed knit to the length of the sleeves.  Pin and stitch.


 Press seam up, top stitch 1/8" away from seam to secure seam.

Now we enter the NO PICTURE ZONE. 
borrowed from separate tutorial

You are going to finish your sleeves, and set them in.  If you've sewn shirts before, it's just the same as we usually do it.  Fold the sleeve in half, sew along the length of the sleeve (bottom left).  Turn the body of the sweatshirt inside out.  Insert the sleeve (right side out), into the body of the sweatshirt, cuff first. Match up the center of the sleeve with the shoulder seam (bottom right).  Pin.  Match up the sleeve seam with the side sweatshirt seam.  Pin. Right sides of the sleeve and sweatshirt should be facing each other.  Starting at the side seam, sew around the sleeve, stretching fabric as needed, to evenly distribute fabric.  Repeat on remaining sleeve.  

Attach the waistband to the sweatshirt.  

Measure the circumference of the bottom of the sweatshirt.  Cut your ribbed knit down to 3/4 the length of the circumference, plus 3/4" for seam allowance.  Match up short ends of ribbing, stitch 3/8 inch away from raw edges.  Press seam open.  Fold the ribbing in half, reducing the width of the waistband by half. You should now have a loop of ribbing, with raw edges matched up.  Attach the waistband to the bottom of the sweatshirt by matching right sides, and raw edges.  Find quarter points on both waistband and ribbing.  Match up quarter points.  Stitch in place, stretching ribbing to equal the length of the sweatshirt material.  Press seam up.  Topstitch waistband seam.



 Enjoy.  Perfect for Fall, Winter, and Spring babies.



...do your best to try to mach up those cuffs when sewing the sleeves...

49 comments:

  1. That is darling. How fun! I like the lapped front a lot.

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  2. Love the colors together...and the unisex pattern. Darling!

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  3. How cute! I love the lapped front, very clever. =)

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  4. I love it! I may have to try to make one in a bigger size for my son...

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  5. I love it!!! Do you suppose a grown up could pull this off? ;)

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  6. This is so cute and practical for a newborn. Love it!

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  7. this pattern is adorable!
    I wonder if it is possible to make it bigger for grown up kids, any suggestion?

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  8. I love this! It's so easy to get on and off! I'm probably try making a bigger one for my son!

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  9. Dang! I thought this said Toddler not Infant. le sigh. I also would like it in my size...

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  10. Love this hoodie.
    Is the seam allowance included?

    Love from Sweden

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  11. Wow great pattern thanks, was looking for the perfect gift to make and this is it.

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  12. This is a great tutorial, one thing I would suggest you try:
    Instead of doing sleeves the normal way, leave the side seams on the body and sleeves open, match the curve of the sleeve to the armhole and sew that, then sew the side of the body and the sleeve in one go. No more fiddling in a tiny space!

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  13. this is great! ive got some lovely soft fabric and want to make some jumper/coat for our coming baby. do you by any chance have a pattern for a zippered version?

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  14. Thank you for this great tutorial! Here is a link to the sweatshirt that I made for my niece!

    http://warfieldfamily.com/2013/07/alanas-sweatshirt-tutorial/

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  15. ¡¡Love it!! well covered head and neck without need of zippering or buttoning!! Thanks.

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  16. This was such a great tutorial, easy to follow even for a beginner!!! Now im looking for the same pattern in larger sizes it is so great :-)

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  18. I love this sweatshirt! I just had to figure out how to adapt it for my three-year-old--here's what I came up with!

    http://bethbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2014/02/crossover-hoodie-dress.html

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  19. Cut this out tonight, it looks very nice, unique too. I don't really see anything like this in the store. The inside of the hood and the pants I'm going to make will be the same fabric, can't wait!

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  20. Thanks for the pattern. I made two already. One for my little girl and one for the son of a friend.
    http://www.stoca.nl/naald-draad/overslagtrui (It's in Dutch but you can see the result)

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  21. Like it so much..
    Is the seam allowance included?
    Judith

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  22. Such a wonderfull hoody! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  23. The style of this item is really Awesome and unique

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  24. Thank you so much for this pattern. I am just sewing it right now. I hope I´ll do everyrhing right ;)
    Greetings,
    Laura

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  25. I am curious, what seam allowance did you use? Half inch?

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  26. Well I've been sewing all morning and this hoodie came out beautiful. I used pale pink sweatshirt fleece for the body and lined the hoodie with cream color ribbing to match the ribbing on the sleeves and waist. My son and daughter-in-law are due in late Oct/early Nov. This will be perfect for those cool fall days in NY. Thank you so much for this pattern.

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  27. I Made something using your pattern as the basis
    http://3pisici.blogspot.be/2015/07/baby-chicken-and-owl-brigade-this-is.html?fb_ref=Default

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  28. Do you still have this pattern available? The download link is not working.

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  31. Hello,
    This above designed hoody is looking very cute and it can be the best friend of your baby...Very nice post...
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  32. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern and the tutorial. Appreciate a young mother taking the time to share with an old grandma!

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  33. Hey! Thank you for this pattern and tutorial.
    I had to alter the shoulder part, because my sons shoulders are much smaller. so I took off the sleeves again, and sewed them on about an inch more towards the hood. Fits well now!

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  34. I am also wondering if seam allowance is included. Does anyone know? Thank you!

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  35. Hey! Thank you for this pattern and tutorial.
    I had to alter the shoulder part, because my sons shoulders are much smaller. so I took off the sleeves again, and sewed them on about an inch more towards the hood. Fits well now!

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  36. Wow ! Awesome post !!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm looking forward to make one!!!!!!
    The notches stop it from bunching and gathering in these areas when you turn it right side out--it allows the seam to lay smoother!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks!
    :)

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  38. Thanks a lot for sharing! I was looking for something similar and you made it!!
    This is my first version, others are coming...:-D

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  40. Grazie mille per aver compartito il carta modello

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  41. Such a nice blog and very nice you work and sharing this wonderful article about the Hoodie good work.
    Hoodie

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  43. This would be great for preemies

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  44. Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter's little boy is so tiny and this will be absolutely perfect for him. We are in winter here in Cape Town, South Africa.
    Warm regards
    Melany

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  46. Love this hoodie jacket. Trying to make it for my little one.

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