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In episode 7 of the Sew & Tell podcast I talk about making a hoodie for my fiancé since one of the episode themes was sewing for men – and I even beat the deadline of June 1st I set for myself to finish it by! I used our men’s hoodie pattern and modified it to have a front zipper. Read on to see how I transformed a pullover hoodie into a zip-up one and at the end of the post you can watch some of the podcast episode where I talk about this project.

Men's Pullover Pattern

When BurdaStyle releases a men’s pattern I’m always excited, and this comfy hoodie I knew I had to make. My fiancé is always dressed casually in T-shirts and hoodies, so I was eager to sew him a unique one and I’m so glad he is willing to wear color and prints. When I got a shipment of Shannon Fabrics he saw this tie dye print and immediately wanted something for himself made out of it – this hoodie was perfect (buy the fabric here)!

He already has so many pullover hoodies, and I had some leftover Coats & Clark separating zippers from my latest track jacket sew-along so I decided to transform this pattern into a zip-up (or zippie as I like to say). For sizing I reached for his favorite fitting hoodie and grabbed measurements off of it to see which size best suits those measurements and in this case I sewed him a size 50.

Pullover STEP 1

For the separating front I couldn’t have the hood pieces overlap around the neck opening, so from the center front I marked the casing width and blended back into the hood opening.

Pullover STEP 3

On the front piece I simply cut down the center of the hoodie and the pocket piece and added 1/4" seam allowance to the front edge. The exposed front zipper will add a bit of extra width to the hoodie too.

The first step was to sew on the pocket pieces, so after finishing the opening edge I pinned under the top and side edges and topstitched in place.

Pullover STEP 4

Then after the pockets were sewn on I stitched the raglan sleeve seams as well as the side seams.

Pullover STEP 5

I folded my hem band in half widthwise and pinned it along my hem with the opening edges at the front. So I had to cut the front hem band in half, and the back remained one hem band with the side seams matching up to the hoodie.

Pullover STEP 6

Once my hem band was stitched on and flipped down, I pinned one half of the zipper right sides together with the front edge.

Pullover STEP 7

I stitched in place and then sewed on my other zipper. Love a zipper that pops! Also love when seams match up on either side of the zipper.

Pullover STEP 2

Once my zipper was sewn up I stitched the hood pieces together and sewed the casing. Then I installed the hoodie onto the neck opening of my hoodie overlapping the extending zipper tape over the seam.

Pullover Finished 1

Then I cut holes in the hood casing and threaded through a drawstring and knotted off the ends with cord stoppers. I also stitched on the sleeve hem band pieces.

Pullover Finished 2

He is very happy with his new zip-up hoodie!

Zip Up

His favorite color is blue, so he is so comfortable in this tie-dye cuddle fabric from Shannon Fabrics – and if you want some yourself you can purchase it here! For holiday gifts this past Christmas I made several men’s pajama pant bottoms out of this same fabric in different prints. Men love soft fabrics too! So do pets, my pet bunnies love Shannon Fabrics as you can hear in this clip of Episode 7 of Sew & Tell where we discuss our “sew-jo” and I talk about this project…

I still need to add the embroidery to the hoodie, perhaps along the back or a large “J” on the chest.

Happy Sewing!

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    May 27, 2019, 03.51 PMby mickeys

    I’ve just bought it. You can check my look in Louisville, where I can offer you cell phone repair services. Also, you can see other my clothes.

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    Apr 21, 2019, 06.39 PMby pastoriza

    holal Meg, me encanto la sudadera que has realizado, pero tengo una pregunta para que tu puedas responderme cómo elijo la talla para un joven de estatura 178cm la medida de contorno de busto es 90 y de cadera es 93cm

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    Apr 19, 2019, 05.07 AMby Sewholic

    Hi Meg, I love what you have done with this hoodie pattern. It looks great as a zipped up cardigan.

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