WIP Wed: Cutting sleeves and sewing fleece

I have a pair of Hello Kitty loungewear hoodies (one white and one pink) that I love sporting around the house; I’ve had them for about a year now. They go down to my mid-thighs, are a soft comfortable fleece, but their sleeves were a little weird. They looked like they had normal long sleeves with an elastic cuff at the end that sweatshirts and hoodies normally have, but (even with a medium size) the sleeves came a little short. Pulled all the way down, they fell an inch or two short of my wrist, and it irked me. If I want a long sleeve, I want them to be able to cover my wrist. If I want a 3/4 sleeve, I want them to come right below my elbow. These sleeves were neither.

Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem if the elastic cuffs held the sleeves in place if I pushed them up, but they didn’t. So when I did things like wash dishes, they would constantly be falling back down.

I finally just snipped the sleeves on the white hoodie and sewed them short with a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying. It’s comfortable and airy and seems perfect for the San Francisco summers. I’m undecided if I want to do the same with my pink one.

I have sewn fleece before (for my plush donuts), but I forgot that this is hard for an amateur like myself. As I was having trouble a couple weeks ago with sheers, light fluffy fleece like this was hard to sew straight as well. It can also stretch and slip. But, I managed. And I like the warm, fuzzy outcome!


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