I don’t really care for pullover sweatshirts. To me they are not that comfortable as they are mostly made for people taller than I am, and tend to bunch up on my shorter torso. I much prefer a cardigan style, and wear sweaters like that most of the time. But when I wanted to have something with our MINI club logo to wear on outings, the only choice (other than a thin t-shirt) was a sweatshirt. These were ordered for our group before lockdown, and I got mine at a dinner last February. It has sat in my closet ever since, as there was no motivation to do anything with it. Now that there is light at the end of the tunnel for maybe getting to do some drives soon, I decided it was time to get it out and turn it into a jacket so I could wear it. All you need to do one is a sweatshirt and a separating zipper. Measure the front of your sweatshirt to find the zipper length you need.
The hardest part of this project is getting the cutting line right. Begin by laying the sweatshirt flat on the cutting table, and put a pin in both sides at the bottom to mark the left and right points. There aren’t seams to go by, so be sure your shirt is flat and straight.
Look inside the neck and find your shoulder seams. Meet those together and pin.
Lay the sweatshirt back down, smooth the neckline to find the exact center between the pins in the front. Place a pin at that point.
Meet the side pins at the bottom, and again put a pin at the exact center in the front.
Lay the sweatshirt flat again and smooth it. Place a long ruler on the pins, and mark a cutting line with chalk.
Check to be sure you are happy with the line, that it is centered well and straight.
Take a deep breath, and carefully cut on that line with a pair of shears or good scissors.
Lay the zipper on top of the cut in the orientation that is correct, teeth together, and separating the bottom.
Now, on each side, flip the zipper over to meet the raw edge of the sweatshirt to the edge of the zipper tape. Pin in place
Put a zipper foot on the machine. Sew the tape to the sweatshirt just inside the raw edge, about 1/4-inch.
When you get near the bottom on the side with the slider, pause with needle down.
Lift the presser foot and move the slider to the other side of the foot. Lower the presser foot and continue sewing to the end. Sew the tape to the other raw edge in the same manner.
Now, turn the zipper to the inside, tucking the raw edge under as tight as you can. Pin.
Sew in the ditch to enclose the raw edge. Repeat for the other side.
And that is it! The advantage to this method is when you aren’t using the zipper, it naturally folds to the inside creating a tailored edge on the jacket.
It is hard to see, but at the bottom, there is a nice corner and a smooth edge all the way up the center.
One more photo with a flash so you can see the finished project.
Now I have club attire I’ll actually wear and enjoy. Maybe the next one will have some patchwork on it too. Have you ever made a sweatshirt jacket?