My preferred TITLE: Two very inexpensive sweatshirts strategically cut to make one cozy and modest creation for curvy women who still want to wear leggings and amazing boots.

I'm quite fond of leggings, but my backside could use some work to match the memories I have of its potential.  Don't get me wrong, there was a time that I could rock a pair with the best of them.  Life changes.   Any attempt at an explanation for why this happened to me would come off as an excuse, so I won't bother with the detail.

In short, I wanted all the softness and comfort of a sweatshirt but a sweatshirt with a little more material to feel confident at the gym or just kicking about town. 

The above is my inspiration for this project.


sewing machine or serger - I used a serger, but a very tight  zig-zag would work too.
measuring tape
2 sweatshirts - I used Hanes.  $5.64 at Wal-Mart.

    VERY IMPORTANT:  You need to buy one sweatshirt that is your size and one that is bigger.  The bigger the better.  More material to work with.  For the children's sweatshirts, I bought one child size and one adult XL and was able to make the hood.

Also, look for sweatshirts that have a different look on the back side of the fabric.  That way you can add more variety to your sweatshirt, such as the gray one in the picture.


I'm going to refer to the first sweatshirt as the MAIN SWEATSHIRT.  It is the one that is your size.  The one that will be the bodice of your design.

I really think the easiest way to explain this is through pictures, but I will try to summarize.

Cut the collar off from the base of the MAIN sweatshirt as close to the seam as possible.

Cut off 7 inches of the sleeve.

Cut off the bottom of the sweatshirt at the point you want your waistband to be.  I usually cut at about 4 to 5 inches below the bottom of the sleeve.

Cut off the waistband.

The remaining fabric will be used for the pocket, the thin pieces in the skirt, the arm bands and the new neck.
Blown away by this! Awesome imagination at work. Good job!
Thank you. You just made my day.
These look so so neat! They'd be perfect for a Halloween/cosplay costume too, if you wanted to be an elf. :D
Thank you.
Wow, sometimes I think I am psychicly tuned into the Instructables community radio station. I had a very very similar idea just yesterday and hadn't seen this yet.
I know how that feels. I had a great idea for the Red Neck contest, an idea I had had for quite some time, and someone else posted it. I think it's because there are so many creative minds in one place.

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