I love this hoodie. So much. All of it. Even the parts that are a little wonky. Because I made it and ... most importantly ... wear it all the time.
It's the Sol Hoodie from Jamie Christina.
The fabric is a recycled, washable wool I got in Oregon at Rose City Textiles.
That store blew my mind. They have THISMUCH fabric. Seriously.
And it's all outdoors/performance fabric.
I think the wool was about $45.
I washed it on warm and dried it on low and it came out perfect. Then I got sewing.
The pattern was pretty easy to follow. The diagrams are super helpful and the writing is clear. The only thing I would have appreciated is a note about which sleeve is the left and which is the right. I didn't know that the sleeve backs typically have two notches and that's how you can tell. Google helped me through that one ... but not after I sewed the sleeve in wrong first. :)
The really awesome part about the pattern is the section about how to sew knits. There's a page with tips and techniques about which stitches work best for those of us who don't have sergers.
I experimented on my fabric with all the options and ended up using a twin sewing needle. The zig-zag on the back gave my stitches the perfect amount of stretch. I'd never even heard of that method before, but it worked SO WELL.
The construction is pretty straight-forward. First you essentially make a vest:
Then add sleeves and a hood! I don't have a full-length mirror at home, so sorry about the work bathroom pics.
Anyway, I'd totally make this pattern again, and probably will soon. I'd like to alter the hood/neckline a bit so instead of ending at the collarbone it would zip up all the way to my chin. Most of my hoodies from Patagonia or whatever are like that, and I like to have the option to hide like a turtle if needed. :)
Also, these guys:
And before the snow: