Are you ever in for a treat today! This creative modification was all Jen's idea and I was only too happy to sew it up. Use a top pattern and make it into a dress, yes please! Without further ado, I give you the Hoodie Vest Dress!
So, how did I turn this versatile vest into a dress? Let me show you, it's super simple! Before I begin though...I was pushing the limits of winter daylight so please overlook any odd shadows. And my humble apologies for my poor attempt at adding a few stitching lines to photos, I hope they help you!
- Start with your Hoodie Vest front and back pieces. Shorten the length to about the natural waist. I took off about 3 inches off measuring from the side seam. I am making a size 2/3 for Sweet Pea. The amount you take off will depend on the size you make.
- Now cut all your hoodie main and lining pieces per the pattern instructions and sew through Step 3 of the pattern instructions. You should now have your shoulder seams sewn and hood attached to both the main and lining fabric.
- Next lay your pieces together as shown in Step 4 but sew only the armholes.
- Then sew up the front, around the hood, and back down the other side. All bottom edges should be left un-sewn.
- Turn your hoodie right side Don't forget to cut across your corners and clip into the curves before turning!
- Now let's sew the side seams. We will do this a little differently than the pattern, but if you have made many of Jen's dress patterns this will look very familiar to you. Lay your hoodie right side out with the sides aligned.
- Fold the fleece outer layer up in both front and back so that you have right sides together all the way down the fleece and lining layer. Stitch this seam and repeat for the other side.
- Great! Almost done. Topstitch as per Step 8 in the pattern. Baste around the bottom edge. Also add your closures at this time. I used 3 press in snaps. Make sure that your last snap is at least 1" from the bottom edge. Mine is closer to 2"
- Now try the vest on your intended wearer to determine skirt length. I decided I wanted a 7 1/2" skirt length for a tunic length garment. Add 1 1/2" to this measurment for seam allowances and hem. So 7 1/2 + 1 1/2 = 9". This is the length I am going to cut.
- To determine with measure across the bottom of your vest. My size 2/3 was 14" Double this measuremtnt and add 1" for seam allowances. 14 x 2 = 28" plus 1" for seam allowance. My skirt width was 29"
- Cut two skirt pieces according to your measurments. Mine were 9" long by 29" wide.
- Sew side seams.
- Hem the bottom by turning up 1" and stitching close to the edge. Remember fleece does not fray! Also sew gathering threads along the top edge. I used the two basting thread method.
- Gather and attach right sides together to the bottom of your vest.
- Congratulations, you're done!
I love how warm and cozy this little dress is and Sweet Pea loves it too! I paired it with Sterling Leggings for a fun winter look and a bright spot in the dreary winter. Side note....I forgot how skinny Sweet Pea is. I should know better, right? So, her leggings are really a size too big and hence a little (or a lot) baggy. It just means she won't outgrow them tomorrow, right? Sterling leggings is one of my favorite basics patterns as Sweet Pea wears leggings constantly. I'll just remember to make the right size next time!
Little Miss loves the hood, especially as she HATES her hair getting wet from any possible precipitation.
I love having a fun print peaking out from the lining. I purchased the fleece for this project and then found this perfect heart print in my stash. As I'm not one for a lot or minor holiday sewing, this very well may be her Valentine's Day outfit.
Here's your Reversible Hoodie Vest pattern details at a glance:
- 6 sizes from 12-18 months through child's 7/8
- Bonus free dolly pattern
- Beginner / Advanced Beginner sewing level
- Velcro or press in snap closure. No buttonholes