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Topic: Anyone know of a pattern/tutorial or have any tips on making a hooded dress?  (Read 1239 times)
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Lady Lovecraft
« on: April 25, 2013 09:52:26 PM »

Would very much like to make a hooded dress...
Large hooded, almost elf-like but not cheesy... more post apocalyptic, desert punk style..

A couple references:

Just not sure where to start and how to go about a big, cowl-like hood...
Any suggestions/ inspirations?

Have never made a dress from scratch before..
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013 09:43:53 AM »

In my experience, the average hood on an adult hoodie is about 12 by 12 inches, minus the curvy bit at the back of the head. Usually, the hood is the same width as the neckline, so for a larger hood, you could keep the width the same (about 12 inches) and make it taller, or increase both dimensions (requiring you to widen the neckline, or gather the hood into the neckline or both).

I think the "grim reaper" example is actually a tube hood. If I were going to make one, I'd measure from the back neckline of my shirt, up over the front of my head to where I want it to end, and give myself an extra inch or two for hemming. Then, you just sew a big tube that is as tall as that, with the same circumference as the neckline. If you have lots of fabric and/or want a warmer hood, you can double the fabric over by making the tube twice as long as you want (plus seam allowances) where the folded edge goes over your head and the open edges get sewn to the neckline.

I sure hope that makes sense Tongue To get exactly what you want will take some experimenting, so if you can find an old jersey bedsheet you can practice making hoods out of, you won't "waste" fabric coming up with the perfect hood for you.

« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013 09:57:37 AM »

Simplicity 8269 is a good one but there are many more. It probably wouldn't be too hard to make the hood larger.

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