Hello! I'm Meghan, the geek behind Sewing Geek Patterns.
Whew! I am so excited to be finally writing this post! I think I really took the "challenge" part of the Designer's Challenge to heart. Now, I try to challenge myself a bit with every new pattern that I release. I try to include something new to me to keep things interesting. Since this was a challenge I thought I would step it up, and step it up I did!
Introducing the Comfy Hoodie!
I not only designed it with raglan sleeves (new to me) and two versions (a pullover hoodie and a zip-up jacket), I decided I would make it in adult sizes too! The children's pattern is available in sizes 3 months - 14 and the adult pattern is available in men's XS - 3XL.
Now I like my hoodies big and cozy so I designed this one with ample ease to lounge around the house or enough room to run around the yard.
My favorite part about this pattern is that it's unisex. You can make hoodies for the entire family and then some.
You can make it in great boy colors or prints (my son loves this pic because he says it makes him look like a superhero),
or you can girl it up with girly fabrics and creative additions like trims, appliqués, or fabric paint.
You can use virtually any type of fleece you desire to change it up even more. From cuddle fleece, to sweatshirt fleece and everything in between, you will be able to use this pattern over and over for all kinds of hoodies! I made this one for my husband using bonded micro fleece. It is so cozy he has worn it to work every day this week so far. Awww, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Ladies, if you are making one for yourself just make sure to check your chest measurement against the size chart before you pick your size. Most ladies will need to make one or even two sizes smaller than they make for regular women's patterns. All the details are in there, along with a few reminders to look at the chart.
The simple design gives you plenty of room to express your creativity. My testers had a lot of fun. They did things like add ric rac on either side of the zippers, paint fun sayings on the front, and Hyde even made her own Tardis appliqué!
Jessica went with animal print, and her daughter ran with it!
The pullover version of the pattern is super easy to make (and serger friendly!). The zip-up version is a bit harder at intermediate level. Don't let the zip scare you off! You can start out with the pullover version and when you are ready, my step-by-step instructions will guide you through installing the separating zip. This is the first zipper Angela has ever installed and she did a beautiful job!
The Comfy Hoodie is available in my Etsy shop and on my website. The patterns are available seperately or bundled together for a discount. To celebrate finishing my challenge they will be on sale all day! Purchase either the adult or children's pattern for $5.50 each or together for $10. On Thursday December 12th they will be going back to their original prices of $7 each or $12 for the bundle. Thank you so much for letting me share these patterns with you! This was a wonderful and educational experience I won't soon forget!