TUTORIAL Greenstyle Lumia Hack: Binding Seams with Ribbing

A few years ago, a good friend of mine gifted me a luxurious navy striped zip up hoodie from a well-known athletic company. I have loved the heck out of the hoodie, and have the holes to prove it. Since receiving it I’ve had a few-read 3- more kids and it’s a little snug these days.

So when I saw the testing call for this zip-up hoodie that was a similar style to my beloved Lulu one, I knew I had to try it!

This is the new Lumia from Greenstyle patterns. You can snag a PDF copy of the pattern here!

Ribbing detail on my RTW hoodie

I wanted to mimic the ribbing detail from my navy hoodie, on my new self-sewn version.

I’m thrilled with how it turned out! It was pretty simple and yielded the exact results I wanted!

My version!

The good news is, you can do it too!

Here’s how I did it:

CUTTING: I cut all of my pattern pieces as the pattern called for. *NOTE: I did cut my cuffs and hem band out of the same ribbing I used in the seams.

I then cut 2” strips of ribbing. I made a size F- G(waist/hip), so my length may be different than yours based on your size. The best way to figure it is to measure your pattern pieces on the center front, and the back where your yoke goes. On my camo version, I also put ribbing in the collar.

Ribbing is cut! Time to sew.

SEWING: The sewing steps remain the same as directed in the pattern instructions, just with a few added steps.

1. Before adding the pocket to the center front, you’ll add a strip of binding to the pocket side of the front piece. Start from the side seam, and go all the way to the top, stopping at the neckline. I stretched my ribbing slightly as I attached it. The ribbing should be right side up, so you’ll place it with the wrong side of the ribbing to the right side of the front piece.

2. Then you’ll place the pocket piece on top of the ribbing and stitch.

3. You can understitch the pocket after stitching it, as the pattern directs.


4. Now place the side front piece as the pattern directs, and stitch. The ribbing should be towards the center front.

NOTE: I left the ribbing a little bit long to that it will be caught in all of my seams.

5. Fold the ribbing in half, and pin to the front. When you get to the pocket, only pin to the pocket edge between the marks noted on the pattern.

6. Sew the pocket edge between the marks. Then sew the edge of the ribbing down in the remaining parts of the front. I stitched on both side of my ribbing.

Pocket edge

7. Repeat on the other side of the front.

8. The back is the same process. Place the ribbing between the notches on the back piece, and then the back yoke piece and stitch.

9. Fold the ribbing in half, pin to the back piece, and stitch down.

NOTE: I stitched both sides of the ribbing. I pushed the seam allowance towards the ribbing, and it makes the ribbing rise on both side and look really nice.

Seam allowance is pushed AWAY from the ribbing
Seam allowance is pushed TOWARDS ribbing and makes it pop!

10. Complete the jacket as instructed in the pattern!

I did put ribbing in the top of the collar on my camo jacket, using the same method as above. It covered the top of my zipper nicely and gave it a nice, finished look overall.

I’m thrilled with how these jackets turned out! Make sure to grab the pattern, and get to sewing your own!

As always, let me know if you try this hack!

Happy sewing, friends!

❤️ Kayliegh


4 thoughts on “TUTORIAL Greenstyle Lumia Hack: Binding Seams with Ribbing

      1. Cool. Figured it was an editing/WS publish glitch. That’s the information I was after. It is a great look.


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