The Summit Peak Hoodie by New Horizons

Hi - it’s Marnie here. I’ve been living it up in the land of denial with the rest of Sydney this Autumn - it has been incredibly warm and Summer like and I’d forgotten what feeling cold felt like. But all of a sudden this week, there is a chill in the air in the evenings and it’s reminded me that Winter is indeed on its way, and with the Summit peak Hoodie from New Horizons, I am going to be ready for its unwelcome arrival.

The Summit Hoodie is a slimmer fitting pattern that can either be made as a sweatshirt with a hood - like I’ve made here, or you have the option to add a zip to the front to turn it into a jacket. The slimmer fit ensures that the fabric close to the body keeps you warm and comfortable. There is plenty of room for a lighter layer underneath.

I measured between sizes, and decided to size up. This is for two reasons - firstly, my fabric choice. I’ve chosen to use some heavy duty European French Terry based fabrics - the grey is brushed on the inside and only has 2 way stretch, not 4 way stretch, and the pink is an incredibly warm french terry that is looped on the underside loads more than a normal one to provide extra warmth. Secondly, Winter is a short season here with lots of variation in temperature. Our sun is strong all year round, and on sunny days, a jumper as heavy as this is only needed earlier in the morning and later in the evening when the sun is not quite up in the sky, so I wanted to be able to layer a lightweight t-shirt underneath.

Like all New Horizons patterns, I found the drafting to be extremely accurate and true to size. It is important to note that fabric choice will affect the sizing of the finish, so pay attention to the stretch guide and information in the pattern. The instructions are great and make some of the more complicated steps easy to follow and make sense of.

This is a great pattern and I am so happy with how my top turned out. I am sure it will be on high rotation once the weather hits and would highly recommend this pattern to anyone!

Happy sewing,




Chris's Version:

You know you love a pattern when you make a second version four days after making the first.  That’s how I feel about the Summit Peak Hoodie by New Horizons Designs!

I love all things comfort when it comes to clothes, and it’s so nice to be able to create comfortable clothes that are stylish as well.  The Summit Peak Hoodie has princess seams that are incredibly flattering and really take the look up a notch. The hidden kangaroo pocket is a more streamlined look than the standard patch pocket, and the scuba hood pools nicely at the neck.  The pattern can also be made as a zip-up, which is definitely on my list!

For both of my hoodies, I cut a straight 8, which is a little larger than my measured size in most places.  I chose the 8 because my overbust was between 6 & 8, and when making a new pattern, I always like to start with the largest size I’d need and then grade as necessary.  My hips do measure three sizes smaller than the 8, so I do think I’ll grade down slightly for them for my next one (which I’m already dying to make!), but I do think the fit in my bust and shoulders is perfect.  

Speaking of comfort, oh my goodness, these fabrics!  For the floral, I used poly rayon French Terry, which is lightweight but still cozy and is perfect for this back and forth weather we’re having on the east coast.  The solid grey is a brushed French Terry, which is softer than bunnies. Trust me, if you’ve never tried it, you’re missing out!

If you try the Summit Peak Hoodie, I hope you end up loving it as much as I do!