Yesterday, with the aid of my handy new serger, I managed to whip up this little hoodie in just a couple hours! It's the raglan tee pattern from Kwik Sew for Toddlers, an awesome pattern book that my brilliant friend, Jacki, turned me on to (it's also mentioned in this post). If you're interested in learning to make clothes for your kid, I highly recommend it. Don't be scared off by the horrifyingly dated outifts on the cover. It's got very solid, basic garments that are easily adapted to your own style.
For this shirt, I traced and cut the raglan tee/sweatshirt pattern in 3T. I didn't want to do cuffs or a waistband and my daughter has a long torso, so I lengthened the sleeves and bottom hem by a bit. I also added a hood, partly because she is obsessed with hoodies, and also so I wouldn't have to make a neckband. ;) For the hems, I serged the edges, turned them other and then top-stitched with a twin needle. Easy peasy!
As you can see, she loved it and wanted to wear it immediately.
It's a bit boxy, so I may try making it a bit more fitted next time. I may even go down a size in the body and adjust the hem & sleeves accordingly. I think the sleeves here are a little bit short, so I may end up adding a cuff there after all. Also, the hood isn't nearly deep enough, so I'll definitely lengthen that next time too. Not bad for a first try though! And it was way easier to make than I anticipated, so much so that I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner! I'll definitely be making more of these in the near future - next up is a zipped hoodie sweatshirt. Then maybe some short-sleeved hoodies for spring, maybe even a dress or two. Hoodie-mania!