I used the Billy Bright Eyes Snappy Tee pattern. (I love this pattern and have used it tons!) I have upcycled hoodies before, but if you’d like a tutorial check out the 30 minute hoodie refashion over at One Little Minute. I first cut it out too long and luckily checked it before sewing it. I shortened it a little and now it’s the perfect length. The sleeves and body circumference are much tighter than I’d like, but I hope he won’t get any wider in the next year.
My son really loves the jacket, the stripes, and the guitar zipper pull. Let’s hope he wants to wear it when it cools down. I used an adult jacket that I thrifted, and it still had the tags on it. These are the best tips for sewing and saving money. If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.
For my daughter I used a hoodie that my sister used to wear. She loved it, but it was too short in the body to be wearable. Aren’t the little whales so cute? I also used the Billy Bright Eyes Snappy Tee pattern for my daughter. I forgot to check the length on hers so the body is WAY too long. It reaches down to her knees! I’m so glad that girls can wear sweatshirts dresses so that it’s still wearable! It might fit her for two years instead of one because the sleeves are a little long too. Maybe my problem is that I think she’s bigger than she really is because she acts so much bigger than she is. (Don’t you love her cute little Nike shoes? My son used to wear them and now it’s my daughter’s turn. I really love seeing favorites passed down between siblings.)
If you ever break a zipper here’s how to fix a zipper if the pull came off. This sewing trick works for invisible zippers, separating zippers, and regular zippers. You can also learn how to sew a zipper.