Sunday, March 4, 2018

DIY Tami Revolution Hoodie by New Horizons Designs

When I discovered New Horizons Designs and found the Tami Hoodie and the Portlanders, I went a little crazy. I really, really, really felt that they needed to be in my life and at that very moment. Fortunately for me, they were having a sale, and they quickly jumped into my cart! Lest you think I lay around in lacy bras and backless tops all the time (see previous post) you should know that I am much more of a sweatshirt, jeans, or sweatpants kind of girl. And...90% of the time you will find me in either my Tami hoodies or Portlanders (but that's a whole post of its own).

Enter my sweatshirt dreams come true...

Pattern Description & Suggested Fabric:
The TAMI Revolution Hoodie includes double hood, crossover hood, standard hood, front zip up, thumbhole cuffs and optional shoulder zip accent. No serger required! No special tools needed. Comes in sizes xx-small, x-small, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26.
Pattern made for sweatshirt fleece, fleece, french terry, medium – thick knits with 25% stretch.
I used fabric from Joanns for my pink and gray version. This is the regular length, side pocket, double cross over hood option.

Does it look like the pattern envelope or drawing when you were done sewing? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? 
 Yes, I believe the instructions were easy to follow but I would not say this pattern is beginner friendly. The pink and gray version took me forever to finish because of silly mistakes on my part. Here's a friendly tip...don't use a triple stitch seam when attaching your hood, baste it first! I accidentally sewed my hood on backwards and couldn't figure out why the top was choking me when I wore it. Ripping out the triple stitch took forever!!!

This gray bonded knit is also from Joanns and the blue floral french terry is from Sly Fox Fabrics.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
I loved the look of the double cross over hood and the thumb hole cuffs. This was my first time sewing the cuffs and while I love them, I have learned they aren't the most practical for a stay at home mom whose hands are always being washed, doing dishes, cleaning up after kids, etc. I love the slim fit of the sweatshirt and how cozy it is. I am usually always cold and this fabric is crazy warm.

Pattern Alterations/Design Changes you made? 
The only thing I did was shorten my gray sweatshirt. I originally cut the longer length, but once on I decided to shorten to the regular top length. Oh, and of course, sewing the hood on backwards as I mentioned earlier - which does not make for a wearable fit and I do not recommend :)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definetly, I have many more planned, just need to start cranking them out. I would recommend this pattern to those who are comfortable sewing with knits and have some experience sewing clothing patterns.

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