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.
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.
Step 1: HOW TO CUT THE FIRST SWEATSHIRT
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.