New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie

Made by Melli New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie

It’s been a little while since I’ve tested a pattern for New Horizons Designs, and I have missed it! Terra puts so much work into making her patterns perfect and it really pays off. I know I will end up with a well-fitting, nicely finished garment that I will love when I use her patterns.

Made by Melli New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie

Her newest pattern, the Summit Peak Hoodie, is no exception! I am obsessed. The cowl neck hood is definitely my favorite, but I really love everything about it.

Made by Melli New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie

This hoodie has clean lines and looks so professional when finished. It’s easily worth the time it takes to add the little details that make this pattern really stand out.

Made by Melli New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie

The grommets were a new technique for me, but it was so easy! I don’t know why I’ve never done them before. I love that such a small added detail can add so much to a project!

Made by Melli New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie

I tend to make my kids pullover hoodies most of the time just because they’re easier, but Maci has been insisting on zip-up hoodies lately. I’ll be honest – I don’t really work with zippers that often! Terra includes some great tips for installing the zipper that make it really painless. I even sewed up two of these zip-ups, which is saying something!

Made by Melli New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie

This grey hoodie was the first one I made during testing, but I kind of struggled because of my fabric choice! I was thinking it would be really cool to make this in a nice athletic material (which, I guess it is?!) but it was a pain to work with! I used a nice heavyweight nylon/lycra (think: really nice yoga pants) and it was just bulky and really stretchy.  I made sure to use my walking foot and I still had issues with stretching and puckering .  In the end, I generally like how it turned out, but it’s a little sloppier than I’d like.

Made by Melli New Horizons Summit Peak Hoodie

On the grey hoodie, I also forgot to adjust the pattern for Maci’s height, so it’s a little too long. I did adjust the height for the Geo Deer hoodie and the fit is perfect.

Here’s a few key details about the pattern:

  • Sizes 12-18 months through youth 16 (amazing!)
  • Unisex – perfect for girls and boys
  • Zip-up or Pullover options
  • Princess seams on the front
  • Pockets on both versions
  • Optional grommets & drawstring
  • Clear, computer drawn illustrations that walk you through the entire construction process and make it easy to understand
  • Full, printable computer drafted pattern pieces
  • No trim, layered PDF pattern

Supplies I used for this project:

Fabric & notions: The pattern calls for medium-thick knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch (cuffs & band need 50% stretch & excellent recovery). My favorite was the cotton/spandex french terry from Vintage Lace. It had a nice weight to it so it’ll definitely keep Maci warm, but it wasn’t too bulky to work with. It also has really great stretch and recovery, so it’ll wear well. The pink heathered french terry I used doesn’t have any spandex, so it stretches but the recovery isn’t great. I only used it in a couple places where the recovery won’t matter as much. For the sleeve cuffs and bottom band, I used a medium weight cotton/lycra solid and it worked perfectly!

In total, the size 8 I made called for about 2 yards of fabric, plus two 1″x1″ pieces of interfacing, 2 grommets, about 60″ of drawstring cord, and a 23″ separating zipper (I shortened mine from 24″)

This really is a versatile, staple pattern that will get a ton of use! I love that I can use it for my boys and Maci, and the size range  is enormous! I also love that I get two looks (zip-up or pullover) from one pattern.

From now through Oct 16, 2017 the Summit Peak Hoodie pattern is on sale for $7. Seriously, $7. Such a great deal! Especially for such a well-made pattern. I can’t rave about it enough!

Snag your pattern on sale HERE and get your kids’ wardrobes ready for the chilly fall weather!


Grey fabric – heavyweight nylon/lycra matte athletic fabric from my stash

Geo Deer – cotton/spandex French terry from Vintage Lace Prints

Pink heathered fabric – French terry from Joann

Light blue (cuffs/waistband) – solid cotton/Lycra

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