You can make a do-it-yourself simple fleece jacket from an over-sized pull-over fleece sweatshirt. Starting with a fleece sweatshirt means you do not have to buy a pattern or design the entire jacket yourself, so the hardest part is done before you begin. Start with a sweatshirt at least one size too large. You will also need to measure the mid-line or center front from the collar to the waistband to get the jacket zipper length.
Things You'll Need
- 1 pull-over fleece sweatshirt
- Tailor's chalk
- 1 jacket zipper
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine with zipper foot
- 1/8 yard fleece fabric remnant
Fold the sweatshirt in half with the shirt front folded in and the sleeves lined up evenly. Make a tailor's chalk dot at the center top on the front of the collar and another at the center bottom of the waistband.
Unfold the sweatshirt and spread it out flat, face up on the table. Place the yardstick across the shirt with the yardstick's edge lined up from the tailor's chalk dot at the collar to the dot on the waist-band. Draw a tailor's chalk line along the yardstick running the length of the shirt's mid-line.
Cut the shirt front using the scissors and following the tailor's chalk line. Lift up slightly on the front before cutting to make sure you do not accidentally cut the back of the shirt open too.
Stay-stitch the raw edges by sewing two lines of straight stitching on each raw raw edge. The first line of stay-stitching goes 1/8 inch from the raw edge and the second goes 1/4 inch from the edge.
Unzip the zipper. Pin the zipper tape face down on the right side of the fleece jacket with the zipper top lined up at the collar and the bottom end of the zipper tape lined up with the waistband. Use the stay-stitching 1/8 inch from the fleece's raw edge as a guide to line up the zipper tape's outer edge.
Sew the zipper to the jacket using a wide zigzag or over-lock stitch along the outer edge of the zipper tape. Remove the pins before they pass under the sewing machine's presser foot when sewing the zipper to the fleece jacket.
Fold the zipper back and zip it closed to make sure it works. Open the zipper all the way and finger-press the zigzagged seam back so the zipper tape is flat. Finger-pressing is flattening the fabric using your finger-tips.
Top-stitch the fleece beside the zipper, 1/8 inch from the seam-line. This will flatten the seam and provide a finished appearance for the fleece jacket.
Tips & Warnings
- You will need to get a fleece remnant matching your sweatshirt if you want to add pockets to your fleece jacket.
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