Introduction: How to Make a Dressy Hoodie (aka Thug-Xedo)

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Combine a plain black hoodie and an old dress shirt to make a dressy hoodie that you can wear to da' club. You can wear your new Thug-Xedo out to dinner with your shorty, w/ your boys playing hella wii, or while kicking back on the couch eating fruit roll ups and watching the Office all by yourself. It's the perfect attire for every occasion.

By Evan and Michele.

Step 1: Supplies

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- Scissors
- Needle
- Thread
- Black Hooded Sweatshirt

For the sweatshirt I used a Champion Super Hood because it has a ridiculously large hood and conveys a generally shitty attitude.

Step 2: Raid Your Closet

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Grab an old work shirt from the closet. You won't be needing this anymore where we're going.

Step 3: Cut Out Fabric

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Cut out the back section, which is the largest piece of fabric, and lay it flat.

Step 4: Size Fabric to Hood

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Turn the entire sweatshirt inside out and lay it flat on it's side. Cut your fabric to match the size of the interior of the hood. In my case the shirt wasn't large enough to cover the whole inside of the hood in one piece so I had to cut it in half and do it in two sections. This ended up working out fine since there was already a natural seem in the top of the hood.

Step 5: Fold & Iron Edges

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After you have everything sized up and cut to the right shape fold over all of the edges a 1/4" - 1/2" and iron.

Step 6: Sew It Up

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This is the first time I've ever sewed anything, so I won't front like I know what I'm doing here. As long as it stays in place and the stitches don't show up on the other side I'm happy. I started my lining 1" back from the edge along a natural seam in the hoodie

If you need more information on how to sew you should look to another instructables page of someone who knows what they are doing. It took me about 2-3 hours to sew up both pieces of fabric on the inside of the hood, and another hour for the lining on the pouch (see step 8). All in all even for a beginner it was very easy and could be completed while watching Boyz 'N Da Hood.

Step 7: Repeat for Second Half

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Ok, the first half of the hood lining is in place, now just do it again on the other side fool.

Step 8: Line the Pouch

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Ok, the hood is done, lets move onto the pouch. First pull the hoodie so that it is right side out. Then pull the pouch of the hoodie inside out and line this with the left over fabric from the shirt. On my particular shirt this required me to cut a pocket off.

Step 9: Your Done

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Flip it all back right side in and sport your new Thug-Xedo.


mantana1 (author)2014-09-20

Thanks for the ideas, if there are seams in the hoodie I think I can do this on my sewing machine. imagine putting in silk and other fine fabric for lining!

dyanii (author)2011-11-10

I am going to combine this 'ible with this one:


dp mac (author)2008-05-31

make it reversable so you can have a dress shirt with a hood!

nk97 (author)dp mac2011-05-11

i was just thinking the same thing, except u can kinda fold the hood into a collar. lol tht would be awesome.

Zazu (author)dp mac2008-12-16

Hahahaha good idea..

johndoe5595 (author)2008-05-27

sorry about this question, it may seem stupid but did you only do it to the hood and pocket or did you do it to all of the hoody? sorry if that sounds stupid, this is a really cool instructable!

Foaly7 (author)johndoe55952010-09-05

I think he just did it to the hood & pocket, but with two or three shirts that are exactly the same, you could probably line the whole hoodie.

shadow12952 (author)2010-07-19

Very cool instructable, cant wait to try it!

unmdec (author)2010-07-09

i want to go buy a couple yards of Gucci could do this and make good profit...and if you throw in a mask like that! I WILL BE RICH!!!!!

imrobot (author)2009-12-16

isn't the proper spelling of the term "Shawty"?

Killin Idea (author)imrobot2009-12-21

with an autotune echo in the background

imrobot (author)Killin Idea2009-12-22

so true... so true

bluesquirrel (author)2008-12-16

Well I know what to scour Goodwill and Salvation Army stores for next! Black hoodies and shirts with a survivable pattern on them :D

White_Feathers (author)2007-11-24

Dude this is really cool. That looks like a really nice hoody (Like the thick, double-lined material) and I'm curious- when you sewed the fabric on, did you only get the needle through one layer? Because obviously it is not showing through the other side of the hood and the pocket? Please excuse my ignorance. :) Very nice! I'm going to make one of these for my boyfriend.

im thinking that those champion hoodies are the thin ones. i could be very wrong though. if so, then it would only have the one layer. if i were you though, and if i had the option to only sew through a single layer, that is what i would do. oh, and nice iBle.

Thanks oogitsmelol, Yeah, that sounds like a good idea, to only use one that is one layer. I was just curious what he'd (and others) had used, because say, if your hoodie is black and your material is white.. You probably would go with a white thread color, and then it would show through the black. I suspect if you have a nice enough stitch, it wouldn't matter though. I'm still lookin for a hoodie to use, from Good Will.... lol But again, thanks for the help.

YoChuck (author)White_Feathers2008-02-29

I'm not a sewing expert in the least, but it looks like it's sewn into the pre-existing seems that make up the hood/pouch. If you sew into the seems, you should be able to use any color thread, and it won't show through. Fantastic job on this! This is an excellent idea for sports/music fans, too! You could sew in fabric from your favorite team or band!

White_Feathers (author)YoChuck2008-05-18

Yeah I think you're right. Thanks for the help! ;)

A good way around this would be to machine sew the lining into the hoodie. That way you can use a thread color that matches the lining fabric in the sewing machine's needle, and a thread color that matches the hoodie in the bobbin.

Yerboogieman (author)2008-05-12

i should try that..

Toulouse (author)2008-05-08

holla at yo instructable

anoah2 (author)2008-05-08

awesome. time was as you said A+

dardy_7 (author)2008-05-05

now me and me homies has some pimpin threads to wear while we is drivebying sum Eastside bloodz

Bropagopa (author)2008-05-02

Awesome project! Great job on the Instructable too, yo! I might fix me up one of these for when me and the peeps are rydin' dirtay in style.

deth2all (author)2008-04-07

ya, if you wear zip up hoodies like i do, line the inside about 8 inches maybe

bbowie (author)2008-03-09

Just a note....grab this shite called "Steam a Seam" from any place that sells frabrics etc, craft store, Michaels etc......basically when you do your folds and iron, you place a strip of Steam a Seam under it and iron, it adheres the fabric so it wont budge....very Martha Stewart ish, but sooo useful I go through tons of it....

bbowie (author)bbowie2008-03-11

to add to my note, in case you want to go further then a hood and pocket liner....for my Winter 2006 Mens collection, my label had satin lined zip hoodies,....even if you have some laying around, or just order some cheap from a wholesaler hoodies are pretty easy to line, and of course to the lining can add your little touches, pockets etc inside...not to mention using other fabrics :) Its pretty damn endless to what you can do. With a cheap machine even, its just opens up the door to more.

instructing tables (author)2008-03-09

i smell a business venture...

jonyboy26 (author)2008-03-02

Its really cool :)

Valche (author)2008-02-25

I remember doing this when I made my own clothes, nice to see other people doing it too! Mine was more on the crust-punk spectrum though, haha.

FreshPineSent (author)2008-01-31

flippin sweet! I'm gonna make one of these!

viviluk (author)2008-01-26

the whole idea was really nice...until the very end... the mask doesnt match

Mr. Deeds (author)2008-01-08

Whoa, it's Strong Bad's cousin!

Mr. Deeds (author)2008-01-08

Hey, that's kind of neat. Even though I'm not intending to look gangster or anything, this would still be very interesting to try. Also, kudos on the explanation. Very clear and easy to understand. Just how I need it, lol.

ewohkoda (author)2008-01-03

im thinking that you could probably take a cheap thin hoodie, zip up or normal, and line the whole thing like this, but before you sew it up stuff some cotton or something inside. just to get a nice looking warm hoodie

butters8754 (author)2007-12-10

Nice idea 'fi5e' thats really cool, might have to give it a go. Im not sure if you posted it or not (didnt see it but im stupid) but how do you sew it on without seeing the thread on the outside? I hope that makes sense.......thanks

zumbo333 (author)2007-12-06

ok im gona try this its kool and im gona line the whole thing with checkered fabric itz gona b sick! and im useing a zip up sweat shirt so it can be worn reverse.! the pockets will be on the inside but ya and im gona have to out fit the zipper with another pully thing ya ty for this instructable!

z3ro_infinite (author)2007-12-05

nice hoodie but i thoug u were gonna make one of those that u can flip inside out still kool im putting it in my faves i couldnt help it notice its a champion.. lol

Megafetis2 (author)2007-12-02

very cool tutorial, thanks man.

IamTheCreator (author)2007-12-02

Nice tutorial, nice gimp mask...

pyroman22 (author)2007-11-24

dude you should flip the hoodie inside out and do the whole thing!

Jake Turner (author)2007-11-24

Bro here makes his own clothing. That's a 1up on the ratings.

hirosada (author)2007-11-21

Hah! I love it!

pondhopper (author)2007-11-19

I love this. It rocks. The hell with spending lotsa mad cash at A&F.; You da bomb. And Now I know what to do with some of my fav shirts that I'm bored with. I can't believe you sewed it by hand.

gridworks1 (author)2007-11-13

I used to do this with all my hoodies... only difference was I lined them with leapord print... wow was I dumb, but this is a way better idea!

Evyllity (author)2007-11-12

You gangsta.

masterochicken (author)2007-11-12


jamiew (author)2007-11-12

There is a step missing... "Add Mexican wrestler mask"

slambert (author)2007-11-12

what, no sewn in cufflinks on the sleeves? Nice work!

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