Hi guys, Maryanna here. Let me start out by saying that I LOVE the finished product for the Women’s Elevation Hoodie. When I put it on the reaction from my husband was “Wow! I like that. It looks really neat.” That is the first time he has been that complimentary about an article of clothing that I’ve sewn for myself. I used heathered french terry from Joann’s. I did the hooded version with thumbhole cuffs. I lined my hood with the same french terry. It does take a little longer to construct than a normal hoodie because of the color blocking but I love the way it turned out.
When I looked at the cover photo, I thought that the pockets had zippers so I purchased a couple of 9” zippers that coordinated with my fabrics. When I got to the pockets in the construction I couldn’t find the zipper installation part. That’s when I realized that it doesn’t call for zippers and that it was just the pocket fabric that is visible. I didn’t have any solid cotton lycra that would coordinate but I have installed zippers in many bags before so I just pulled out my wonder tape, placed the zippers and topstitched them in place. I like having the zippers because that way I can put my phone in there and not have to worry about it falling out when we go hiking. My only complaint about the pocket is that I didn’t see anywhere in the instructions that called for securing it to the front along the top and bottom so I have to hold it out of the way when putting it on.
We are currently living in Colorado and took the camera out and went in search of a new hiking trail to use for the photos. The temperature was 44 degrees and I had this New Horizons pattern layered over a short sleeve t-shirt and it was great for a hike in the mountains. I’m pretty sure my husband wants me to make him one now.
My sewing room is often filled with sister sets or mommy and me dresses or tunics. When I saw the elevation hoodie I loved the shape of it on the woman in the pattern listing. Then, I discovered there is a child's version too and I knew immediately that I wanted to make a mommy and me hoodie set! My son just beamed as we prepared for our pictures, he loved matching mommy. The other great thing about this design is it is a great way to use character fabrics for adults. I love the way my hoodie looks with just a bit of character fabric in the middle. I see many more character hoodies in our future.