here is the post you’ve probably all been waiting for: the sewing instructions for the American girl doll hoodie I posted a while back. Let’s get right into it!
What you need:
- jersey material (enough to cut out all pieces from my post AG Hoodie Part II)
- a sewing machine & thread
- pins or clips to hold fabric in place
- iron (optional)
1. Trace and cut out all pieces from the pattern (one back piece, one front piece, two sleeves and two hood pieces). Make sure your hood pieces are not identical, so when you lay them parallel one has the right side facing up and the other one the wrong side. Also make sure to mark the front and back, so you don’t mix them up. (I secured little pieces of paper on the front of the fabric with washi tape.)
2. Now line up the two sleeve pieces good side to good side with the front piece as shown above. Then clip/pin the pieces and sew along the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
3. Repeat the same step on the other side, so when you open the top it is shaped like a rectangle. (as shown in the picture)
4. Now it is time to fold in and sew the raw edges of the sleeves. You can use an iron to make a crease where you want to fold the edge. Do this on both sides.
5. Next repeat the previous step on both, front and back pieces, to create a nice hemline at the bottom of the hoodie.
6. Now it is time to lay out the hoodie in it’s correct shape. Then, pin/clip the sleeves and sides, as shown in the pictures. After that, sew along the edges on both sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure the hoodie is still wrong side out at this point.
7. At this point it is time to lay the two hoodie pieces good side to good side. Now you will understand, why they shouldn’t be identical. Pin/Clip the round edge and sew along the side.
8. Next, flip the hood around (right side facing out) and fold in a small edge. Then, pin/clip the edge (raw edge towards the inside of the hood) and sew.
9. Once your hood is done, insert it into the middle of the sweatshirt, which is still inside out. Make sure the hood faces the hoodie good side to good side. Now line up the middle seam of the hood with the middle of the back piece. It is important to mark which piece is the back/front in the beginning, so the back of your hood doesn’t end up in the front of your hoodie.
10. Next, you’re going to line up the edges of the hood with the edges of the main part. Before pinning anything else, find the middle of the front piece and pin/clip the ends of the hood to this spot, letting them overlap a bit, as shown above. Don’t worry, if the hood is much smaller than the opening of the main part.
11. After securing the hood to the center of both, the front and back of the hoodie it is time to pin/clip the remaining edges together. Above I mentioned how it didn’t matter if the “circle” of the hood, so the edges of the hood, are smaller than the opening of the main part. This is why you need to overlap the outside edge a few times around the sleeves, as shown in the picture above.
12. Now, all you have to do is sew around the edge and you’re ready to flip the whole hoodie around, so the right side is facing out.
- I forgot to mention to cut off any excess fabric after sewing along the edges. This might make it easier to continue, especially when sewing along the sleeves and sides of the hoodie.
- It is fun to mix and match fabrics, especially if you are working with scraps. For this hoodie I chose a greyish graffiti style fabric for the main part (front and back) and then some plain light grey fabric for the sleeves and hood. These were both leftovers of some other projects. If you prefer a more neutral style, check out the other hoodie I made in one of my previous posts AG hoodie Part I.
Here are some pics of Grace modelling the final hoodie:
I love that you can actually read the words, even though the pieces of fabric are so tiny 🙂
Of course, I can’t leave out a picture of her hair. It’s a 5-strand braid. I just learned how to do it today. What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed this post, even though I made you wait for months. Please let me know if you try out this pattern. I can’t wait to see your creations.