Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pattern Review: Tree Climber Hoodie by The Pattern Studio

Seriously - those dimples!!!
Thanks to my April Sew Box Subscription, I had the chance to make something for Master 8. He just loves when I make something special just for him as I'll admit there is a disproportionate made for his little sister.

I let him design this one and used a bunch of left over polar fleece from previous projects - awesome way to use up those little bits left. The pattern includes extra short sleeves which I chose to not include on this version. I wanted something more streamlined looking. 

There is a tonne of extra top stitching in this project but I think the end finished look is worth it. Just looks more professional and less 'handmade' (nothing wrong with that but you know what I mean right?

For some reason my hoodie didn't meet or cross over at the centre front like it was suppose to but I didn't stress about it and just left it like that. It isn't wrong, right? lol

My double needle broke just before I finished so I wasn't able to finish the bottom hem like I would prefer. I should probably redo it but .... yeah I probably won't!

Overall, it was a great pattern and I'm really happy with the end result. I'll definitely make another, possibly a girly version for his little sister (but then that's another thing for her!). The pattern is sized from age 2 to 10 so I'll get a bit of use out of this one. I made him the size 8 and it has a bit of room for winter layering. 

Will I make this again? - absolutely.

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – not at this stage

Pattern: Tree Climber Hoodie, The Pattern Studio

Fabric: Polar fleece and knit fabric from Spotlight

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): This one is not difficult at all. So perhaps a 4 or 5 if you are new to sewing with stretchy knits and all that topstitching.

Time: Took me maybe 2 hours including cutting the fabric.

(Lil Pip has received no payment or sponsorship for this review – I do it because I want to share my experiences)

And my outtake photos. I love this kid!


  1. great review, gorgeous cheeky boy!

  2. Isn't it funny how we tend to make more for our girls, yet sewing for boys often means projects that take less time. Your hoodie looks great, Jane.


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