Adding to the extreme awesomeness and versatility of the Hoodie Dress sewing pattern, this hack shows you how to make it into a long-line sweater by leaving off the hood. We have TWO different methods to finish off the neck, to give you the comfiest, most stylish sweater dress ever!
Choose between a neckband or binding and get hacking!
STEP 1: Choose binding that is approximately 2 inches (5cm) wide. Measure your neck opening, and add 5% to get the length of your binding. Cut your binding piece.
STEP 2: Sew up your sweater as instructed, but keep the back left as worn sleeve seam open. Start attaching your binding from here, easing around the neck opening.
STEP 3: With the right sides together, stitch up the seam and trim the binding ends.
STEP 4: Press the seam towards the center back and tack on the binding only to secure the seam.
STEP 1: To finish off the neck opening of your new long sweater with a neckband, you will need to make a pattern piece. This piece will change from neckband to neckband based on the stretch percentage of your fabric. Measure the neck opening and subtract the fabric stretch percentage. For example, if your neck opening measures 16 inches (40cm) and your fabric has a stretch of 40%, your length measurement will be 16 inches – 40% = 9.6 inches (40cm – 40% = 24cm).
Make a pattern piece approximately 2 inches (5cm) wide x your length measurement, and cut one.
STEP 2: Stitch the short ends together.
STEP 3: Fold the loop over, and mark the half points.
STEP 4: Attach the band to the neckline with the seam at the center back. Optional steps are to serge/ overlock the band edges on the inside of the neck, and to top stitch the band seam to the body of the sweater.
This hack can be applied to any knit pattern for finishing off the neck, and works especially well with the Hoodie Dress.
One thought on “HACK: Hoodie Dress to Long Sweater”
Yours is the first tutorial that I’ve seen that uses a math formula based on the percentage of stretch of the fabric to determine the length of the neckband. This is so much more helpful than just using an arbitrary percentage of 75- 90%, and then you kind of “wing it” (trial and error)from there.
It works exactly as you’ve written it, but only if you use a calculator and punch in 40 minus 40 percent equals 24. However if you want someone old-school like me to figure it out with pencil on paper, it should be written like this: 40 – (40 X .40) = 24 or even 40 – (40 x 40/100)= 24. I was taught to figure out the part in the brackets first and then proceed from there. So 40% of 40cm, works out to 16cm.
So in the end you have 40cm – (16) = 24cm.