A couple weeks ago I noticed that Milo’s sweatshirt sleeves were looking a little short. If he were a girl, I might have pushed them up a bit and called them 3/4 length, but this little stud wouldn’t get away with that. Plus, it’s getting cold outside, and he needed an outer layer. Now, I am oddly conditioned to not buy kid’s clothes, since my generous older sister has always donated her son’s piles to us as hand-me-downs. Even though the clothes stop at 2T (when I give them back for her younger son to use) I have never really gotten into the habit of shopping for my kids! Weird, I know. So, rather than run to the store and grab him a new hoodie, I thought it would be easier to just bust out a refashion of one of my old adult sweatshirts I had in the refashion pile.
The whole process took about 25 minutes, start to finish. I used his too-small hoodie as a loose pattern, adding about an inch to the sides and and sleeves. I used all of the existing cuffs and pockets on my adult hoodie (which was just a plain pull-over) and then added new grommets to the hood for the laces to thread out. The zipper I had on hand was about 2″ too short for this project, so I just added the little snap flap to keep the top closed, and it quickly became my favorite detail! I also kind of love the oversized pockets that Milo fills with pinecones and sticks when we go to the park. I serged all of the seams, but since sweatshirt fleece is so forgiving, it could be zig zagged with a regular machine and left raw without a problem.