If you missed Day 1 hurry and catch up 🙂
Day 2: Hood and Hood Binding
Today we start sewing!! Make sure you read over the “Sewing Guidelines” section on Page 3 before you dive in.
Sew through Step 3 and now I’m going to jump in with a little extra help
In step 4 you attach the hood binding stopping just short of the bottom edge of the placket opening. Since I used rib knit I chose to stretch the binding a bit as I attached it to help it keep it’s shape so you’ll notice my tails are a little long
Just trim off any excess so the binding extends 1/4″ beyond the bottom edge
Moving onto step 5! I normally just sew this all at once with my serger but if you’re having trouble getting smooth corners it’s a good idea to use your machine instead and really take your time. You can even do one side at a time!
The key to getting this just perfect is to stop at each corner. Leave your needle down and then lift the presser foot up and make sure the hoodie fabric is laying smooth. If you have any tucks right now they are going to show up
Now you can flip it over and make sure you don’t have any tucks or folds in the hoodie fabric. If you do unpick that one section and smooth out the fabric. If it still isn’t cooperating you can make a little 1/8″ into the hoodie at each corner to help you make a smooth turn.
Here’s the inside view after I’ve done both sides. I missed tacking down a tiny bit of one placket edge so I went back and got that after. No biggie 🙂
You can now go back over this edge if serger if you’d like or you can just leave it as-is since knits don’t fray
Now flip the binding into place and admire your perfect corners! Any little imperfections at this point can normally be fixed with a good press and your topstitching in step 6.
Go ahead and sew through step 7 and we’ll finish up tomorrow!