How to add a secret "Tactical" hood to any jacket w/ Bonus Surprise!!!
Step 1: Materials
Old Sweatshirt that doesn't fit anymore and a good matching color that suites your taste
Thread (Color Matching or Black)
Grease Pencil (or a sliver of bar soap will work too)
Sewing machine (or plain old sewing needle)
Hobby Knife (though if you have it I've been told to get a Hem puller supposed to make tearing stitches easier)
Step 2: Cutting Up the Shirt
Take an old sweatshirt and tear all the hems you can find so you have some raw fabric to work with.
With a pair of scissors trim the excess fabric off to make 2 big squares out of the front and back of the shirt.
I made a couple of mistakes along the way and this next step was one of them (If your following along making a hood you can skip to step 4 "Changing the design" to save yourself from making my mistake)
Next sew the 2 squares together to make one long rectangle.
Step 3: Making the Design
The pictures depict how I used a sliver of soap to do a circular hood style it made the hood way too big.
On the bright side it still gave me enough fabric to cut it down to a good size.
Step 4: Changing the Design
Next take the two squares of fabric and pair them up, it helps to have a way to pin them together like a couple of needles through the fabric.
Then take the fabric squares and drape them over the side of your head from your collar over the top of your head, make sure to mark the center using your nose as a guide as the center.
Take a piece of string to a loop on one end and going from the corner at the bottom stretch the string to the center mark you made and try an additional loop there.
Place your finger into the bottom loop and a grease pencil or sliver soap in the other loop and draw a quarter circle.
Then take your scissors and cut out that quarter circle.
Step 5: Final Sewing
Then open the hood and with a wide stitch sew over that stitch which should mash it down making it comfortable to wear.
Then from the center of the coat start sewing inside the hood edge to the inner edge of the collar line (Make sure to leave 4 to 5 inches of fabric not hemmed at each end).
Then create a loop by sewing a couple of inch's at the corner (this will be for the bonus step however if you don't use the bonus you can continue to sew all the way to the corner).
Step 6: WARM and COZY
But wait my face still gets cold when the wind starts blowing, and hey I have some extra fabric left over...
Step 7: The Bonus!!!
Using my own head as a measuring tool again I wrapped a piece of extra fabric around my face and marked behind the ears then cut at those marks.
Finally I sewed (from the inside) a hem to each of the pleats together with each of the edges of the fabric; so if I want to use the face mask it slides easily over my head and holds tightly at the bridge of my nose. Or I can fold it back and hide it cleanly in the hood.
Now that I've tested it there is an added benefit to wearing the face mask it keeps the wind from blowing the hood off my head.