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.

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Step 1: Supplies

- 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

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

Step 3: Cut Out Fabric

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

Step 4: Size Fabric to Hood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    49 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    7 years ago on Introduction

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


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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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!!!!!


    10 years ago on Introduction

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


    11 years ago on Step 9

    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.

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    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.


    Reply 11 years ago on Step 9

    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!


    Reply 11 years ago on Step 9

    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.