Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Sol Hoodie

on July 11 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 327 Comments

Welcome to our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Check back each day in July for lots of inspiration to update your clothing options with items that reflect your style and fit your body!

Name: Sol Hoodie

Brand: Jaime Christina

Description: The Sol Hoodie is a zip up hoodie sewing pattern with features such as: cuffs with thumb openings, and fabric bands outlining the zipper and hood. The sewer can also choose a favorite ribbon to use in place of fabric bands.

Format: Paper + PDF

Skill Level: Intermediate, but only because of the zipper insertion.

Techniques Involved: Zipper, Cuffs with Thumb Openings, Eyelet Insertion

Sizes: X-small (bust 32 – 34) to XX-large (bust 47 – 49)

Recommended Fabrics: Stretch knit fabric such as jersey, interlock and sweater knits.

Price: $14.95 (hard copy) and $10.95 (digital)

Customer Examples:

Laura from Behind the Hedgerow at imagine gnats

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Tell us about zippers. Are you confident sewing with zippers? Are you nervous? Have you added zippers to everything you’ve ever made, or do you have a stack of patterns to create once you finally get over your fear of zippers? Do you have a favorite zipper tutorial? Comment for a chance to win a copy of the Sol Hoodie pattern!

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327 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Sol Hoodie

  1. Rachel says:

    I have sewn one invisible zipper, and it wasn’t perfect, but I was super encouraged! I used the Route 66 skirt pattern and the directions were great :-) That is my only zipper experience so far.

  2. Sally F. says:

    I’ve found that the more I take my time w zippers – the neater job I do!

  3. kristonlion says:

    this is CUTE! Zippers are… O.K. Zip fly is freaky-scary and I can’t quite get the invisible zipper to be all the way invisible.

  4. jonquil says:

    The only thing about zippers that get me all fiddly is the top, where I try not to get all squiggly with the metal tag-thingy. Sweet pattern!

  5. Emily says:

    I need zipper practice.

  6. Hilary says:

    What a cool hoodie! I’m pretty confident when it comes to zippers, but I am still learning new techniques every time I sew one.

  7. Tiina says:

    Wow, this looks like a great pattern.
    I get along with zippers, but when sewing them on a sweater like this, that is not always fun.

  8. Roxanne says:

    I’m not afraid of zippers but I don’t use them that often. I really like the look of buttons. :)

  9. krystina says:

    I haven’t tried a zipper on a knit, but no problem with wovens. Thanks for the chance to win this!

  10. Alessa says:

    Ooh, great pattern!
    I’m pretty confident in sewing invisible zippers (I love my invisible zipper foot!). And fly front zippers work rather well, too (at least when I follow the instructions of Grainline Patterns’ Moss skirt). Regular and lapped zippers scare me, though…

  11. Marissa says:

    I love and hate zippers. It always takes me a while to get them to stay where I want them, but all the fuss is worth it in the end.

  12. Teresa W says:

    I wouldn’t go as far as to say I fear zippers, but I’m not confident sewing them either. I wouldn’t avoid a project that has a zipper, but I’ve got such a long to-do list one’s with a zipper can easily be pushed off. :)

  13. Margarita says:

    I like zippers except I have yet to find a pants pattern where the instructions on how to sew on the crotch zipper make ANY sense at all.

  14. Robin says:

    Love and hate zippers. They either come out beautifully or terribly. I need more practice.

  15. Meig Heyburn says:

    I love zippers! I was so scared to start sewing with them but once I got the hang of it, they’re easy peasy! Invisible zips are still a little nerve wracking, but I’m getting the hang of them.

  16. Mel says:

    I struggle at times but honestly prefer installed a zipper to making buttonholes. thanks for the chance!

  17. Anna (sixtyfourcolorbox) says:

    I only get irritated by zippers if I have to pull them out and sew them back in.

  18. Tomboy says:

    I’m finally starting to get better with zippers. About time! But my so-called invisible zippers are still not quite invisible :-/

  19. Sarah says:

    I always sew garments with zippers, I need the structure in my garments to get a flattering fit. Good zipper feet is the key I think, and hand basting in place first. Love the hoodie pattern x

  20. Jolien says:

    I have used zippers only a few times, but I’m not really scared of them… Going slow, using pins and in worst case, keeping a seam ripper near is the best advice I can give. :)

  21. Jane S. says:

    I’ve only done a couple of zippers but they turned out pretty well. Putting in piping is more stressful for me than doing a zipper!

  22. Anita says:

    No fear of zippers here. Love this hoodie, makes me want to add some trim to some that I already own.

  23. Patti says:

    This hoodie looks amazing! I’ve done a few zippers, but I definitely need more practice. Would love to use this pattern to try them some more!

  24. Cathy says:

    zippers are still a bit frightening, but i always love the challenge

  25. Sarah says:

    Love this pattern! I’m a little scared of zippers.

  26. Jenny says:

    Zippers and I have a complicated relationship. It all depends on the day, project, and each of our moods. I just wish we could find a way to get along on a more regular basis!

  27. Alli says:

    I’m pretty okay with zippers… I’ve been having trouble with creased invisible zippers lately, though. >_<

  28. Jess says:

    I love the functionality of zippers, but hate fighting with my machine trying to sew them. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and if I can’t get everything exactly straight, I hate it. So I end up sewing a lot of my zippers by hand. (If I get stuck on pretty much anything, I revert to hand sewing).

  29. Laura says:

    I love this pattern, especially the ribbon accent! I’m comfortable adding zippers to bags so I think I could handle something more complicated but haven’t tried yet.

  30. Susan Jones says:

    Not afraid of zippers. A good zipper foot makes all the difference.

  31. Mel says:

    I was so nervous when I sewed my first zipper, but it wasn’t so bad. I love hoodies and this one is especially cute.

  32. Tara says:

    I love zippers! And I love this hoodie!

  33. Betsy says:

    I have zipper phobia – hoping this will cure it!

  34. erika says:

    This is a great pattern!

  35. Emily says:

    I’ve done many zippers in bags and pouches without too much difficulty, but never in clothes. I’d love to give it a try!

  36. Emma says:

    I started to sew when I was about 12 and have been a sewer ever since – a fairly long time. In all that time I have never sewn a zipper, however, I am totally prepared to tackle one if I were to win the Sol Hoodie pattern!

  37. marilyn says:

    I have never sewn in a zipper – they scare me. However, this pattern makes me want to give them a try.

  38. Jean Hall says:

    I’ve never attempted to sew a hoodie, but now I’m tempted…

  39. Angela says:

    Zippers make me nervous, but I’ve only had to rip one out once or twice. I love that you can buy them in so many different colors now.

  40. Used to be terrified of zippers, then watched a bunch of youtube videos and with scrap fabric just sat down one day and tried many different techniques. Now, no zipper fears!!

  41. Bonnie MS says:

    I hand sew my zippers…I have so much to learn still!

  42. marjolein says:

    my experience with zippers is sewing new ones in jackets because old ones broke

  43. Annika says:

    Uh, what a beautiful hoodie pattern. would definitely get over my fear of zippers for that one ;)

  44. Karrie Smith says:

    I have only sewed with zippers a few times, but I made myself believe it was easy, and it wasn’t too bad! Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to wear these EVERY day!

  45. tally says:

    I sew zippers into small bags, but I never used them in clothing – so far ….

  46. Jennifer says:

    What a cute sassy hoodie. Yay for big bust sizes.

  47. Shannon P says:

    I am fairly confident with zippers–I have sewn a lot of them…and I know how to use my seam ripper!

  48. Julie says:

    I avoid button holes and use zippers in their place. Oh, this hoodie! QLD is having one of their coolest winters ever, I so need more hoodies in my life right now.

  49. fenna says:

    I’ve recently ‘mastered’ the invisible zipper…wouldnt’ mind having to give regular zippers a go :)

  50. Susan says:

    I haven’t done zippers in a long time. I would be a little nervous but I think I could manage.

  51. mjb says:

    I’ve put in plenty of zippers but I still pause every time.

  52. Mandi says:

    I’ve used many invisible zippers in skirts, dresses, and skirts, but I’ve never made a sweater or jacket with a zipper!

  53. Dita says:

    I won’t say i’m really good with zippers, I always still need to read a tutorial before I sew a zipper on! However I feel that I’m brave enough with zippers that if a pattern has a zipper, it doesn’t bother me at all

  54. leigh says:

    I haven’t done many zippers for clothing, but the ones for softies and bags turn out well. I hope I win!

  55. Lynne says:

    I don’t mind zippers too much – but I’ve mostly put them in bags. I like this pattern enough to actually try to make clothing.

  56. mary says:

    I love zips, but never tried them in clothing, I bought a pile from the car boot sale this morning (bit like an estate sale but not!). I live in hoodies so think now might be the time to make one! thanks for the chance

  57. Jenny says:

    Zippers hold no fear for me. I have been sewing for many years now and they got even easier once I had a machine with a zipper foot.

  58. Lindsay H says:

    Zippers terrify me but I really want to learn to do them!

  59. katie t. says:

    I haven’t sewn a zipper into a garment in years! I have a few zipper tutes pinned for the future.

  60. Jessica w says:

    I prefer sewing with regular zippers to invisible, but just cause i don’t have enough experience with the later.

  61. Linda Matlock says:

    My mother taught me how years ago; I’m now 65. She would make me rip it out until it was perfect. I have not mastered the invisible zipper, but that’s alright because I don’t like to wear a garment with one.

  62. Dana says:

    I’ve only done one short zipper but would LOVE to do it again with this hoodie! Thank you so much!

  63. steph says:

    Love the ribbon accents–need to keep practicing with zippers…this would be a great chance to do so!

  64. Kerry says:

    Love the look of this pattern, especially the thumb holes! I stabilise the fabric when I fit zippers which is helpful but I never enjoy sewing them

  65. Elisha says:

    I was just looking at this pattern last night! I really want it! I AM NOT confident with sewing zippers at all, but obviously I would tough it out if I were to sew up this pattern.

  66. Aurélie says:

    I am quite scared of zippers, especially when sewing more tricky types of fabrics … I tend to avoid using them …

  67. Elizabeth says:

    I’m not afraid of zippers as long as I have instructions for them!

    This hoodie looks amazing!

  68. Deb E says:

    I have found a few zipper tutorials, some I’ve pinned. I wish I was more confident to get my zipper right every time.

  69. amber says:

    I love zippers! i am truly scared of buttonholes which i have yet to line up correctly!

  70. Shannon says:

    I love this! I’m probably overly confident with zippers. I still have a lot to learn about getting them in tidily, but I never feel terribly intimidated. I’m in need of a zipper foot

  71. Lisa says:

    Love this pattern!

  72. Christy says:

    I LOVE this pattern! :) Would love to give it a try! :)

  73. enerle says:

    I am getting better wirh zippers. I love entless zippers for smal things

  74. enerle says:

    I am getting better at zippers, but they still don’t always turn out, as well as I like it.

  75. Kristy says:

    I’m learning to sew & have never sewn a zipper before. I’d love to try it on this!

  76. Messy Karen says:

    i took home ec in high school. so zippers were taught right away. back many of the patterns had fly zippers. so i used to be pretty confident. nowadays a hoodie is my go to jacket. so i would love to make this pattern.

  77. Ula says:

    I’ve done zippers a few times. I’m hoping to get better at them as I’ve got some pretty fabric I want to use for dresses that need them!

  78. DebbieKL says:

    Oh boy – I love this pattern! Thumb holes are awesome! I’ve only sewn zippers a couple of times, so I’m not confident in it yet. I’d like to improve though!

  79. Kara says:

    I love this hoodie! I don’t mind sewing zippers at all. I’ve found so many pdf patterns that explain the process so well!

  80. Christina R. says:

    Can’t have enough hoodies! Love that this one has thumb holes. I am nervous when inserting zippers, but have not had enough practice. :-)

  81. Kara says:

    Zippers don’t scare me, but I haven’t perfected them so they look professional yet. I use a washable double stick tape to get it to stay while sewing it in and that has made a world of difference!

  82. Maaike says:

    I inserted a zipper in my third ever sewing project, and it wasn’t such a big deal at all. The key is to go really slow. Good thing I have a speed control on my sewing machine, cause I tend to have a ‘heavy foot’ ;). Love the hoodie, it looks great!

  83. Tracie says:

    Zippers scare me!

  84. Jo J says:

    I’m pretty good with zippers. As long as I use my zipper foot and go slow and easy.

  85. darlene macdonald says:

    I have no problem putting in zippers in fact I love to brag to my MIL how flawlessly I put them in, LOL never have understood the fear of them. Perhaps it’s the sewing machine that makes it tougher?? Never the operator, :)

  86. Elisabetta says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this lovely pattern!
    I don’t fear zippers, I have a zipper foot and I like patterns that have this option too!

  87. AimeeWrites says:

    This is beautiful!

    I haven’t inserted a zipper since my 4-H years…so at least 20 years ago. It would be a challenge, but I’m up for it!

  88. Diane says:

    Great hoodie! I am pretty confident with zippers and usually add zipper pockets to bags and totes but I haven’t tried an invisible zipper yet.

  89. Tina Luwig says:

    Regular zippers are not too difficult, it is the invisible ones that scare me.

  90. michelle says:

    I like sewing zippers, ONCE I get going. I am not so much scared of them, more that I forget they are not really hard when I haven’t sewn one in a while. I enjoy making small zip pouches as they keep me reminded that zippers are really quite doable.

    thank you for the chance to win!

    Michelle

  91. Andrea says:

    Since I am self taught, I have pieced together information from what seems like every internet tutorial out there in order to create my make-it-up-as-I-go-along method. I have an intermediate level of confidence when it comes to zippers, but I have *plenty* of room for improvement.

  92. Carla says:

    Oh my, I looove this pattern! Will have to try it! I feel pretty good about zippers these days after lots of practice.

  93. Cathy says:

    Cute pattern! I haven’t done much with zippers though I have sewn for many years. And, I actually don’t think I have ever made a hood before.

  94. Jenny says:

    I use zips dont like them much but practice makes perfect they say

  95. Lainie says:

    My relationship with zippers is much like my relationship with my husband…most of the time we get along great, but on a rare occasion, we get everything wrong! Then we start all over again, getting it right. :) Would love this hoodie pattern for my grown daughters and grown granddaughter. And who knows, I might even get one myself.

  96. LJ says:

    I’ve been sewing many years – back when garment sewing was “in”. Learning to put in zippers was necessary. In recent years I’ve learned lots of new things about zipper insertion and love all the new tips and tricks. Of course, invisible zippers make a fabulous look! I don’t have a favorite tut.

  97. Barb S. says:

    Zippers. I do tend to procrastinate when I need to put one in, but not sure why. Generally, if I take my time, they go just fine. Love this hoodie pattern!

  98. Stephanie says:

    I’m getting better at zippers … slowly. I’ve only done two or three.

  99. Tatiana says:

    I prefer zippers than buttonholes, and I would love to sew this hoodie!

  100. Patricia Hill says:

    Zippers make me nervous, but I’d tackle one for this pattern.

  101. sangeetha says:

    Okay let me put it this way between zippers and lining up buttons I prefer zippers.

  102. Diana says:

    I’ve used lots of zippers on bags and on clothes. I’ve never done an invisible zipper though, and I should try at some point. It’s a cute hoody pattern.

  103. Ann Marie says:

    Setting zippers is really satisfying to me. Is that weird?

  104. Judy says:

    I have put in many zippers in my years of sewing. It is not necessarily my favorite part of sewing but I find that is something that I can do pretty well. Although lately when I have made a dress I have found myself using invisible zippers as I have found them to be so incredibly easy.

  105. Chris says:

    I used to be afraid of zippers and would study the instructions for ages, until one day I wanted to copy a garment with a dreaded zipper. I really surprised myself I could do it !

  106. Mandy says:

    I’ve been sewing garments since junior high home ec class, so zippers don’t scare me. I did learn a new glue-stick basting method recently, though. So much easier!

  107. Catriona says:

    I have some fear of zippers but I’m working on it!

  108. Annette says:

    I love this! I don’t have a fear of zippers but definitely not a pro at them either.

  109. Jessie Hansen says:

    I am not afraid of zippers. They are not my best friends, but I do not fear them.

  110. Mama Lusco says:

    I search Pinterest each time I do a zipper. So many helpful tutorials.

  111. Christy says:

    Such a cute hoodie pattern! I used to get so nervous about zippers…a fear handed down from my mother. But, after watching youtube zipper tutorials over and over before every zipper installation for years, I am finally getting the hang of it and now feel comfortable. Thanks for the chance to win!

  112. Barbara says:

    I’m great with zippers since I learned to put them into things right sides together, then turn, press, and edge stich them, but I will have to have my Hubs zip me up after having hand surgery soon, as zippers are forbidden for me to use! I love zippers most for any closure.

  113. Kimberly says:

    I am currently working on my second project with a zipper. They are intimidating but doable. I just hope no one looks to closely as my technique could use a lot of work. :)

  114. Larissa says:

    I wouldn’t say I’m confident or really proficient at zippers, but I’m not terrified of them. I did a busy book for my nephew and of course had a page with a zipper. It wasn’t bad, and I’d definitely do more.

  115. Amber Hunter says:

    What I love about sewing in general is that the more often you do something, the better you get it. Zipper where like that for me. Cute pattern!

  116. Michelle Folkerts says:

    I love this hoodie pattern. I have been eyeing it for quite awhile. It would work for my girls and me. I have no problems with zippers. I find buttonholes kind of tricky to size and align properly.

  117. Rachel says:

    I have done well with invisible zippers but don’t know yet about regular or decorative ones…will have to give it a go!

  118. Kathleen DeSouza says:

    I’ve made a few things that included a zipper and they turned out just fine!!im stl nervous each time.

  119. heike says:

    What a nice pattern. Zippers are not a Problem, almost i only knitted clothings for my little daughter, clothes for me, i havent tried.

    with greets from germany,
    heike

  120. Lian says:

    I approach zippers like anything else, after a deep sigh I just give it a go and possibly later unpick it all…..

  121. Lorena Rey says:

    I like zippers, I mostly make bags and I love zippered pockets and zipper closure. I’m confident sewing then, and some time I have to unpick and sew again, until it looks like I want.
    This hoodie is so pretty, I love zippered hoodies they are so confortable

  122. Joanna says:

    Zippers don’t scare me, I’ve fixed many, many zippers in my husband’s suits, pants and shorts…he tends to be rough on his zippers!

  123. andoc says:

    I don’t like zippers. I should practice more, because I’m pretty sure, that is why I don’t like them:)
    Love this hoodie.

  124. Beth B. says:

    I just inserted my first hand-sewn zipper and it was SO much easier! I’ll be doing it that way from now on!

  125. Wendy says:

    Cute! Gotta give this pattern a whirl!

  126. Ruth says:

    I love this pattern! I’m fine with sewing regular zippers, but still not that confident with invisible ones – I’m getting there though!

  127. Cute pattern! I can do zippers fine, but mentally I hate them. I think that’s only because growing up that’s all I ever heard my mom say about putting in zippers~

  128. Rhonda G says:

    I love this hoodie pattern. would love to make this for several members of my family for going on trips to the beach. thanks for the opportunity to enter. : )

  129. Mary says:

    I’m getting better at zippers but they still don’t always turn out as well as I’d like! Thanks for the chance to win another great pattern!

  130. Kelly says:

    I don’t know why, but I was never really afraid of zippers. Just dove right in and have been using them ever since.

  131. Rachelle says:

    I’d take sewing a zipper over buttonholes any day! Love the Sol Hoodie; what a great design — I really would like to do more sewing for myself. My kids seem to be the sole benefactors of my sewing efforts ;)

  132. Julia D says:

    I’ve sewn a few zippers…I don’t mind it but, I’m not very good at it yet. It always goes much better if I take my time an pay attention to what I’m doing. This hoodie pattern is beautiful!

  133. Michaeleen says:

    I don’t mind zippers at all. Never have and I don’t know why. I must have had a good teacher. However….at 40 years of sewing experience I have always been terrified of knits. I took a wonderful class in Texas that has me ready to go. I would love to make this my first knits project. Who doesn’t love a hoodie? So stinkin’ cute with the embellishments.

  134. Cherie says:

    I feel pretty good about zippers. When you get them right, they can make a project look so professional! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  135. Sara RS says:

    Love, love, love hoodies!

  136. Jen says:

    I have done several zippers – but never in a “standard” way – I kind if wing it!

  137. Penelope says:

    Zippers are fine as long as I have plenty of Scotch tape to hand. Can’t sew them using pins any more!

  138. Barb N says:

    Zippers, zippers, zippers. They’re not bad if you have a good foot and instructions. Just takes a couple of times to get into the swing of things. I see my daughter wearing that hoodie around Seattle and what a nice surprise she would get if I made it and mailed it to her. Haven’t made her any clothes since she was eight! Now she’s almost 28 so I guess it’s high time :)

  139. mairi says:

    Havn’t had any major problems with zips, but wish me luck for my first invisible zip operation, scheduled for next week. Read a million tutorials…info overload!

  140. Sally says:

    I’m a fan of zippers! I used to hand-baste before sewing, but now love the double-sided wash away tape.

  141. Beth says:

    I have yet to sew a zipper….but I really need to learn! This hoodie is so adorable.

  142. CIndy F. . says:

    I’ve out in lots of zippers on skirts, shorts and bags, but never a separating zipper.

  143. Barbara says:

    I overcame my fear of zippers a few years ago and I have been using them ever since: pouches, skirts, dresses, pants.

  144. I am just starting to make garments. I practiced putting in zippers making small pouches. I am ready to tackle something bigger. Love this pattern!

  145. Nancy says:

    The accomplishment of inserting a zipper makes me feel like a “real” sewer! love the hoodie – thanks for posting

  146. angelina says:

    gorgeous trim!

  147. BeautifullySewn says:

    I used to be scared of zippers but I found that there were so many good tutorials on the internet to help me that I no longer fear them! Whenever I get stuck I look up those same tutorials and off I go!

  148. Kate says:

    So cute! Zippers I have no problem with. Jersey, on the other hand…. makes me nervous.

  149. Amy says:

    I wouldn’t say that I am super confident with zippers, but I am willing to use them! I’ve only even used them on woven fabrics though, and only for bags…never clothing. Something new to try! This hoodie is absolutely adorable!

  150. Gina says:

    I’m not the best at putting in zippers so I tend to avoid them,but I probably should just practice more instead-ha!

  151. Ann says:

    Zippers continue to intimidate me – I have put several in, but each time I start to install one…I think it is going to be a disaster!

  152. Mel says:

    I am a zipper fan! So much less fiddly than buttons and buttonholes!

  153. Maddy says:

    I’ve only ever sewn one zipper in, but I’m not afraid of them. I guess I just tend to sew patterns written by other people who are a little afraid ;) I’m in love with thumb holes, though- sign me up!

  154. Joy says:

    Zippers? Yikes! I still avoid them.

  155. Rebecca says:

    Zippers don’t stop me, but they sure make me anxious.

  156. Chelle Chapman says:

    I used to fear zippers until I saw my Aunt Bev sew one in a jacket for my DD. It looked SEW easy but I knew there HAD to be more to it than she was admitting. Well,………………….it WAS sew easy & now I look forward to patterns w/ zippers!!

  157. claudine says:

    I haven’t ever tried sewing on a zipper yet, but this would be such a fun project to try it out on!

  158. Linda says:

    I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl, so i’m fairly confident sewing zippers, but am always interested in learning a better way. I love the hoodie—especially with that strip down the front.

  159. mary says:

    Zippers are either beautiful or a beast. If they don’t look good you won’t be able to stop looking at how ugly it is. I try to stick to the zipper foot I am familiar with, my old fashioed Singer foot with tapered point in the front.

  160. Shayne says:

    Love zippers, just not invisible ones!

  161. michelle says:

    I avoid zippers mostly. I’ve done a couple and they came out a little off. Practice makes perfect though, right?

  162. Tammy says:

    I like zippers, they are easier to me than buttons and button holes. My grandma taught me to sew and she always had me hand baste them in. It takes longer but the finished result is worth the time.

  163. Margaret A. says:

    I love this pattern! So many variations using ribbons and complementary fabrics. The thumb cuffs are so cute! I’m fairly confident sewing zippers, although it’s been a while since I have sewn an invisible one. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  164. I’m not afraid of zippers, though I have to admit that I have had my fair share of failures/challenges, even after years of sewing…

  165. Lori says:

    Been sewing zippers since I was 10!

  166. Barbara L says:

    At the age of 58 when I decided to learn how to sew, I taught myself to sew zippers, not knowing that people break out in sweats at the very Z word. Ignorance was bliss in my case.

    I would die to have this pattern… awesome ~

  167. Lee says:

    A great pattern! I have done some zippers and they are ok to do! Great tutorials on line helped me! thanks!

  168. Jody says:

    Love this hoodie! Don’t mind zippers and after viewing Kay Whitt of Sew Serindipity tute on invisible zipper insertion, I’m using those whenever possible now! Can’t believe how easy and great look in everything from skirts to home dec pillows.

  169. Pattij says:

    I’ve put in tons of zippers, but can’t say they are a favorite thing to do! I usually have to redo at least part of it as I am too much a perfectionist!

  170. Peg crescenzo says:

    Wonderful pattern for a hoodie, I like the contrast material

  171. Andrea says:

    I am still not good friends with zippers, although I have successfully inserted them into both bags and clothing. There is always that fear that they are not going to line up just right, or the stitching won’t be perfectly straight and I will have to take it out and do it again. My machine has a zipper foot that seems backwards to every tutorial I have every read so that just adds to the challenge!

  172. Katrina says:

    I use zippers in lots of bags and pouches but I haven’t really been adventurous with using them in clothing. This looks like a great pattern to explore zippers with.

  173. beth lehman says:

    i can do zippers on bags…. small zip bags, and purses… long ago i did zippers for skirts… but i’ve never done a zipper as long as this one would be!!! i love the trim on the white hoodie and always love a good sweatshirt!

  174. Elizabeth says:

    It seems its always a little “roll of the dice” when I insert a zipper, sometimes they come out great and sometimes not!

  175. Bonnie Larson says:

    Love the hoodie, although in my day, we called them bunnyhugs. I’d love to win a copy of this pattern and try it out. Thanks so much for sharing

  176. NC Matheson says:

    I’m not sure what it is with me and zippers. I’ve put them in successfully but I still avoid them unless I really like the pattern like the one you are giving away. Really, I think I just need to do several projects back to back and show myself that I CAN do them. Silly me

  177. Julie says:

    I have never sewn a zipper into a jacket like this. I have mastered invisible zippers in side and back seams of dresses, shorts, and skirts, and I have made a few zip pouches with zippers. I love the Colette video tutorial for invisible zippers.

  178. Bekk says:

    Ive only ever inserted zips into bags. I’m not afraid of zips!

  179. Sharon says:

    Oh I like this hoodie better than allot I see at the stores. I do not mind adding zippers. I remember when my daughter and I first started sewing, we learned when she was in 4-H, if I did her zipper she would do my button holes and it is still like that today and she is 34…lol This is a great hoodie pattern and would love to win..Have a super day!

  180. CatDoesIt says:

    I have yet to sew a garment with a button placket :) the only problem I have is when the piece is on the tight side and the inv zip pops – I am learning how to sew a perfect general zip so I can leave my popping days behind.

  181. Kate says:

    I’m looking forward to the day I don’t have to redo a zipper at least once…! But I’ll keep practicing.

  182. Tracy says:

    I don’t normally pin or baste – except when inserting a zipper! And with knits you have to be extra careful you don’t stretch the fabric while inserting. This pattern looks so cute!

  183. Stephanie Q says:

    Zippers I’ve done…but never anything with a hood or thumb holes. Love this pattern!

  184. Nicola says:

    This is a very good looking hoody pattern! I definitely would find something like this useful to get over the fear of zips :)

  185. Joan says:

    I haven’t garment sown in quite awhile but love this pattern for my granddaughters. I put in many zippers in the past and would just forge ahead like I remember how to do it.

  186. Stephanie Morgan says:

    i absolutlely love this hoodie!! I have made a few items with zips and i must have beginners luck as they have all been successful. I have used an invisible zip and open ended zips and made a little purse and a pillow using what i would call a normal zip? haha

  187. Siobhan says:

    I’ve only inserted one zip to date, but it worked like a dream, I was amazed!

  188. Adri H. says:

    I’m semi-confident with zippers. I always refer to two of my books when it comes time to install a zipper: Simplicity’s Simply the Best Sewing Book and The New Complete Guide to Sewing. Without those and some of the online resources that are out there, I’d be lost. I have to remind myself every time how to do it! :D

  189. Kat H says:

    I both love and hate zippers. I love invisible zips – as long as they behave when you’re sewing them, they give such a tidy, clean finish. Lapped zippers, on the other hand, I always struggle with for some reason…. One day I will conquer them!

  190. Allison smith says:

    Zips are scary especially invisible ones, but I love this sol hoodie pattern so I may have to overcome my fears!

  191. Irene says:

    I am comfortable with invisible zippers, and I have tried some exposed ones too. Lately I have finished a jacket with a metal exposed separating zipper and zippered pockets and I loved the result. When I need to install a centered or lapped zipper I always have to follow the instructions.I always have some trepidation prior to installing a zipper but most times it goes ok.

  192. Karen H says:

    Zippers are given a bad rap. hahahahaha I actually enjoy putting them in. Now, I can make a list a mile long, of other garment sewing skills that scare me, but zippers aren’t too bad. Just take your time, secure them properly (basting, etc) and they are just like sewing any other straight line. :) Love the hoodie!

  193. sarah says:

    wow what a great pattern and it has already given me ideas. i am yet to try zippers and this project looks like an opportunity to good to miss. thanks

  194. Lorna says:

    I’ve been practising zippers in pouches, but in clothes is new to me. Being 7 months pregnant now I’m longing for next summer when I’m light and small again and can just throw this on and run down to the beach!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. MelodyJ says:

    I want to try the new decorative zippers out now.

  196. Mischelle says:

    I have been getting better with zippers. Still not my favorite though.

  197. Gemma says:

    Ooh, a Jamie Christina pattern, I’ve never made one but would love to. I love a good lapped zipper because I don’t trust invisibles, and use Scruffy Badger Time’s excellent tutorial.

  198. I went to sewing lessons to learn how to insert zippers, so I have no fear! Thank you for the giveaway.

  199. louise says:

    I’m loving this pattern! I’m not afraid of zippers. I used to use them more than I do now though!

  200. Rebecca says:

    I’m starting to get better at adding zippers to bags, but would love to get more confident with adding them to clothing. Good instructions make all the difference!

  201. Tracy says:

    What a cute hoodie! I haven’t used a zipper with knit fabrics before–that would be a challenge.

  202. Shannon says:

    I used to be really anxious about sewing zippers into clothing. I was always worried I would mess it up. Now I’ve done so many that when I have to put one it, I think “Yes! Something I know how to do!”.

  203. Linda Fleming says:

    It’s a while since I’ve sewn a zipper – last time was when I altered a pair of pants!
    The hoodie would be a great new challenge.

  204. Carrie says:

    I’ve been sewing with zippers for decades. I’m not afraid of sewing with them. What I am afraid of, is that they disappoint me in action! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought ready to wear clothing with Ippers in them, & they fail! Horrible experiences! Good thing I sew, & can deconstruct a garment & put in a new zipper!

  205. Carla G says:

    Love this hoodie pattern!!!!! :) I’m not scared of zippers, but not a lot of what I’ve made has zippers. Just some pants & zip bags. Haven’t done any long zippers yet.

  206. Sarah says:

    I’ve used zippers often, but I always take my time just in case ;)

  207. Tas says:

    I discovered the joys of the invisible zipper a few years ago. However I still need to follow instructions every. single. time. or I can’t get the pieces together the right way.

  208. Allison Sews says:

    I love zippers! This pattern looks like a lot of fun too.

  209. Christine says:

    I don’t mind putting in a zipper. It’s the hook & eye that I always manage to sew in crooked.

  210. Beth says:

    I have sewn with zippers, but I have never felt good about the outcome.

  211. alana says:

    Love this hoodie! I’m confident with zippers, but have yet to try and install an invisible zipper. I just got a new foot for my machine so hoping to learn that soon.

  212. Lynn says:

    This is a really cute pattern! I am getting more comfortable with zippers and I have benefitted from watching Sunni’s free class about zippers on Craftsy.

  213. danielle says:

    I overcame my fear of zippers last summer. They aren’t so bad!

  214. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    I used to hate zippers, but I’m getting pretty good at them now. I just needed to learn how, and then practice, practice, practice.

  215. Denise says:

    I’ve done many zippers over the course of my life. My wonderful home ec teacher required high quality work, so I learned to put them in well.

  216. Teri says:

    I don’t mind doing zippers but I always have to have the instructions out because I can never remember the steps

  217. Becky says:

    Super cute! I’d love to make this hoodie.

  218. Teresa says:

    That hoodie is darling! I would love to try my hand at it. I’m comfortable with zippers though I have never made a hoodie!

  219. Kelly Caufield says:

    Hi, I feel very confident sewing zippers as I’ve had a lot of practice. I still have a couple of zippers waiting to go in to some new patterns.

  220. Sally says:

    I am pretty confident with zippers… I just never knew that I was supposed be wary of them, I guess. I would be more nervous about sewing with the knit fabric :)

  221. Deb H. says:

    I just mastered putting tabbed zippers in pouches. I don’t usually shy away from zippers. I don’t mind putting them in.

  222. Kim says:

    I have used zippers, but I’m always intimidated by them. Not sure why, they usually turn out fine.

  223. Ann says:

    I’m not superconfident with zippers but I do keep tackling them. I would love to win this pattern, I think it’s so cute!

  224. Beate says:

    Zippers make me nervous, but the pattern looks super cute!

  225. Wendy says:

    Well, I keep trying with zippers! However my mom will still do them for me because she knows how much I enjoy them :)

  226. Virginia says:

    I find they’re not that hard when you finally do them! Love Sunni’s free Craftsy class for reference.

  227. Zippers still make me nervous, but I’m working on becoming more confident with them.

  228. Anna Gerard says:

    I still fear zippers a bit..i will stare at tutorials forever and still mess them up? practice makes perfect.

  229. Tammie says:

    I don’t mind zippers. This looks adorable.

  230. Jennifer says:

    I used to be afraid of zippers, but now I love love love them!

  231. Rachael K. says:

    Zippers terrify me despite having read plenty of tutorials and watched numerous videos.

  232. Dana says:

    I’ve been putting in zippers for 40+ years; sometimes better than other times. LOVE this pattern!

  233. kate C. says:

    I’ve made several things with zippers. It’s not intuitive or anything, but they don’t scare me if I have good instructions.

  234. Andrea S. says:

    Such a cute pattern! I’ve sewn with zippers before but am not entirely comfortable yet. I keep buying fun colorful zippers for when I feel inspired to sew with them again.

  235. Jan says:

    Zippers don’t need to be scary. Be fearless! :)

  236. Stephanie says:

    I love zippers!

  237. San says:

    Zippers are a kind of null for me. I’ve never had a really hard tome getting one installed, but I’ve also never had one come out quite perfect. They’re functional, and not unsightly, but always a touch…. Wobbly.

  238. Julie says:

    I’ve been making mostly quilts for a few years but have made some zip pouches & with grandkids have begun making clothes again. Once you’ve put a zipper in the fear goes away!

  239. Annie K says:

    I fear no zipper! Of course, I have had to pick out threads and start over more than a few times…

  240. kathyh says:

    I don’t have problems with zippers. I insert them often enough to feel comfortable and know when I need to take extra steps to get them to sew in properly. My least favorite is the invisible zipper – only because I rarely need to sew them in.

  241. Leisa says:

    I have to make this! :)

  242. Elizabethdx says:

    I learned how to insert zippers in 7th grade home ec (thank you, Mrs Dombrock!) and have been sewing with them ever since. This hoodie pattern looks wonderful. Thanks for highlighting it and thanks for the chance to win it.

  243. Shannon says:

    I’m not afraid of zippers but they’re not my favorite thing either. I tackle them from scratch each time. I would love another chance to pull one off!

  244. Sarah says:

    Beautiful pattern! Yes, I am comfortable sewing with zippers, although I can never for the life of me remember how to do it without reading the instructions every single time, never mind that I’ve been sewing with them for over 20 years now!

  245. Angela says:

    Been eyeing this adorable hoodie up for some time. Zippers are a bit scary to me but the more I sew them the better I get!!!!

  246. Amy Mayen says:

    I comfortable with regular zippers. I’d like to master the zip fly and improve my invisible zippers. I’ve never used a separation zipper, but picked so e up and hope to soon:)

  247. Stephanie says:

    Zippers on clothing intimidate me, but every time I actually try one it comes out fine. So it looks like I just need to get over my mental block.

  248. Heidi G says:

    Whew… steeking scares me far more than zippers. Nice! :)

  249. Heidi G says:

    I jumped right into zippers by making some bags with inner zip pockets and later a recessed zipper closure. I find them awfully fun, even when they’re being uncooperative. I have 2 dresses and 2 skirts I want to make with zippers… someday when I get brave about cutting more challenging clothing for myself.

  250. Jill Bader says:

    I am newly returned to sewing (and with a new modern machine)(BIG SMILE). I have been avoiding zippers because I dont remember how to do them. The Sol hoodie has been on my “to make” list….just wondering when i will feel ready to tackle the zipper:). I have the perfect cotton jersey for the sol hoodie and a couple new sewing technique books, so bring it on:)

  251. Diana says:

    Don’t fear the zipper! My first sewing project featured a zipper and even with no pattern it was a breeze to install.

  252. Kathie says:

    I’m good with zippers in bags and backpacks but haven’t had any experience with knits. I’d love to try the zipper on this hoodie!

  253. Mary Kaye Cole says:

    Zippers always intimidate me until I actually get started on them. But once I get started it’s not so bad.

  254. jennifer says:

    Zippers are ok with the right pattern. As long as it’s all spelled out for you, it’s a breeze!

  255. Ali M says:

    I feel confident with sewing Zippers in craft projects, but not so much when it comes to garments. I’ll have to figure out how to see them as both easily doable! Thank you for the giveaway!

  256. Susan Miller says:

    I’ve sewn many a garment and bag with zippers, but I always have to psych myself up. Someone should really create an automatic zipper sewer for machines. I know I would buy one. Wouldn’t you?

  257. Meg says:

    I just recently conquered my fear of invisible zippers, but have not attempted a separating zip yet! Love the Sol hoodie… it’s been on my list of patterns to buy for a while now.

  258. I love adding zippers to purses and bags. I’m lucky to have learned sewing in 8th grade home-ec where I learned all the great basics of machine sewing.

  259. JoannaNY says:

    I use to be afraid of zippers… I actually learn to use one by one of the tutorials you posted in your website. It was the first time ever, and now I love zippers. I use them in my purses, and my first dress I made this year, and I also put in a new zipper on my mother’s favorite jacket… I was afraid to do it but glad I did! It made it look brand new! Thanks!

  260. julie says:

    I like zippers only on small crafts, like pencil cases.

  261. Amy Harward says:

    I have used zippers for bags and boppy covers before, but I just installed my first hidden zipper on the side of a dress a couple weeks ago. I love sewing with zippers!

  262. Shelley says:

    Zippers are not my favorite, but I still put them in :)

  263. kbo says:

    Ugh zippers – Depending on the type of instillation, I have to have a tutorial post to refer to… I need visuals. The insert on packaging just isn’t enough for me. I have “eyed” this hoodie pattern before, often wondered about the open-ended zipper technique and if I could sew it confidently. Congrats to who ever wins this pattern!

  264. Serena says:

    I’m fine with zippers. I think I’d rather do a zipper than innumerable buttonholes.

  265. Julia says:

    Great looking pattern! Zippers are intimidating to me but I want to start practicing.

  266. Holly says:

    I have had my eye on this pattern for awhile. I am not afraid of sewing zippers on bags or pouches, but I have never sewn a zipper on a garment (mostly because…I am still afraid to dive into garment sewing!). I like the zipper tute at Sew Sweetness, but I have looked at many and tried many, and tweaked things to make it work for me in bags and pouches. Thanks for the giveaway.

  267. Sara C. says:

    I’ve done ok with the couple that I’ve sewn but still nervous because I don’t do them often.

  268. Carri says:

    I am terrified of sewing in zippers :) hopefully I’ll win the pattern, which will force me to become more familiar (and less afraid) of zippers.

  269. Amanda b. says:

    I took a Craftsy.com class on zippers and really got over my fear. I haven’t made many clothes just lots of bags and his pattern is just so cute I have to try it.

  270. auschick says:

    I actually prefer invisible zippers over regular! Is that weird? haha

  271. Corinnea says:

    I don’t mind sewing with zippers. I just try to take my time. This hoodie is really cute! I’m putting it on my list of things to sew.

  272. Erica says:

    This is an adorable hoodie, and I love hoodies!!!! I need step-by-step directions for zippers, but with good directions have no troubles with basic zippers.

  273. Ashley says:

    Zippers can be intimidating, but you can’t get better at them unless you try! I’ve tried a few and good instructions definitely help!

  274. marthaeliza says:

    I’m okay with zippers, but before I insert one I read/watch tutorials to be absolutely sure I remember what to do. It has become sort of a pre-zip ritual to mentally and emotionally prepare to achieve the state of calm-zipperiness.

  275. Emily P says:

    Love this jacket! I don’t do a lot of zippers but as long as I don’t overthink them, I do okay:)

  276. Lauren says:

    Cute hoodie pattern

  277. Elizabeth says:

    Zippers are so easy! I put them in everything… I’m not sure why people think they’re difficult!

  278. Angela says:

    I’ve only done e few zippers and am feeling better about them. Invisible ones are pretty easy and I didn’t have any trouble with the one separating one I’ve done so far. I would not be afraid of the one for this hoodie.

  279. Amanda Renea says:

    I have added a lot of zippers to garments, but I’m still not super confident in doing it. I feel like I have to un pick at least one side every time.

  280. Paige says:

    I can sew zippers and I would love this.

  281. Victoria says:

    I have no problem with zippers that are closed at one end but an open zippers does make me nervous.

  282. Jane says:

    I have never done a zipper on a knit before. Would be fun to try. I’ve been wanting to make a sweatshirt for a while now.

  283. Carolyn says:

    I have conquered my fear of zippers and will not make a bag without a top zipper.

  284. Linda F says:

    I’m fairly confident with zippers but there are so many ways to use them and sew them that there is always some tricky part to make me somewhat nervous.

  285. Laurel says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s gorgeous. I’m pretty confident with zippers.

  286. Rachel says:

    I haven’t ever really had too many problems with zippers I just use my trusty zipper foot and sew slow and carefully. And every once in a while I have to rip one out and start again.

  287. Robin says:

    I have used zippers-but never a separating zipper. I love this pattern!

  288. i can add zips to pencil cases, i have made pants for myself with zips in them years ago, i find making tops more intimidating than zips! Would love to try out this pattern.

  289. Ollie says:

    For all the problems I have had with sewing, zippers have never been a problem for me. Would love to try this pattern!

  290. Jennie says:

    Zippers don’t bother me, sewing with knits or elastic thread… That makes me nervous!

  291. Ginna says:

    I am in the process of learning how to put zippers in my projects.. I definitely need more practice because they STILL terrify me! The idea of making a hoodie intrigues me…I am long and lean and the hoodies that I buy just don’t fit well – making my own is a perfect idea!!

  292. Siew says:

    I kind of suck at zippers actually. No matter how hard I try they still end up wobbly and I’m sure to break a needle in the process!

  293. Vanessa says:

    I became more confident with zippers after I sew many (many!) zippered pouches, which by the way make a perfect gift! I am ready to try my technique with your pattern now :)

  294. Sandra says:

    Zippers…..always been cautious about sewing them….especially if I mis-sew it then have to take it apart…..

  295. Tricia says:

    I’m nervous about zippers, I’ve put zippers in purses but never in clothing

  296. Shaina says:

    I have a huge fear of zippers! I’ve only used them a few times, but I always end up having to redo at least one side of it. :/

  297. Debra says:

    Love this! I’ve been searching for a cute hoodie, now I realize I should just make one. Thanks for posting!

  298. I have made a few purses with zippers that have gone over well, I’d love to try one on clothing like this!

  299. Sarah says:

    Sewing with zippers scare me but I have mastered steeking sweaters and adding them lol

  300. Zippers are my frenemies. Friends, and enemies!

  301. Jennifer says:

    What a great idea – I love the strip of fabric around the zipper/hood! I’ve used zippers on a few bags and pillows, and on a dress… I always figure it out but don’t feel super confident about them yet.

  302. Jenn R says:

    I now love zippers after discovering double sided tape (a tip I learned from Janelle of Emmaline bags).

  303. Dana says:

    I’m a new sewist, but I feel pretty confident with zippers. I did a TON of research and took a class since people hyped it up so I’d love to try this pattern.

  304. Kristie says:

    I love the Sol Hoodie. It’s been on my wish list for a while. I am comfortable with zippers. I’ve out them in pouches and bags, skirts, dresses and pants. Thanks!

  305. Rebecca says:

    My nephews’ Christmas sweaters use zippers, not buttons, this year–time for a refresher course!

  306. Lene says:

    I’m fine with zippers, except blind/invisible ones, those are a mystery to me :-), maybe one day I will find a tutorial somewhere that can teach me how to do those as well!!

  307. Hpennie says:

    I often use zippers to turn thrift-store sweaters into cardigans and jackets. Zippers really add to the appeal of garments, and once you learn to insert them, they are so easy and quick!

  308. Megan says:

    I’ve sewn zippers a few times now, but don’t feel quite confident yet. They never seem to come out quite evenly, but I guess practice makes perfect.

  309. kristin says:

    i’m good with zippers (even metal ones, gasp!) and i’d love to win this pattern. thanks for the giveaway!

  310. Anne Marie says:

    I find zippers very intimidating!!

  311. Katie says:

    Zippers: I put them in and they look imperfect. I guess it’s time to practice.

  312. Sarah B. says:

    I would love to have this pattern… it’s one of my favorites! I’ve never had a problem with zippers… I’m not too experienced a sewer, but zippers don’t bother me.

  313. Julie says:

    I don’t like zippers but I still do them

  314. Katie says:

    Years ago I made a prom dress with a zipper and everything went fine. A few months ago I added one to a costume and it went horribly wrong. How can I have lost the knack?!

  315. Brooke says:

    Zippers – i haven’t yet put a zipper into a garment. Only bags, wallets and pillows. Not quite sure what I’m waiting for. I never seem to have any trouble. I think i’m just intimidated.

  316. ParisGrrl says:

    I actually find zippers easier than buttonholes…looks like a fun pattern!

  317. Catherine says:

    Zippers freak me out, but I think I’d give them a whirl to own some of these hoodies. :)

  318. Cortney D says:

    I’ve not been terribly adventurous with zippers on clothing, but I’ve used them dozens of times on zippered pouches & bags. But this pattern I love and could see myself making more than one!

  319. melissa says:

    I love hoodies!!! This would be such a great pattern to win. I find invisible zippers easier than other types of zippers.

  320. Faith says:

    I haven’t sewn a zipper in 14 years, but I’m ready to give it a go.

  321. Peggy Davis says:

    I am reading every tutorial that is being pored on Pinterest.
    Have been having fun inserting them in pouches but have
    Only tackled on on a Halloween costume. Love this hoodie
    Pattern and would love to try it out!!!

  322. Faith says:

    I haven’t sewn a zipper in 14 years, but I’m ready to give it a go again!

  323. Cindy G. says:

    I am not afraid of zippers, but it’s been a long time since I sewed anything with zippers besides a pouch or a purse. I am really enjoying this 31 day series. I’ve got a lot of great patterns bookmarked for when I have a bit more time for sewing!

  324. Margo says:

    I’m pretty comfortable inserting zippers into woven fabrics, but I don’t think I’ve ever done it in knits. Maybe once in fleece. This is a great-looking hoodie, I love the ribbon detail.

  325. Kirsten D says:

    I like zippers better than buttons that’s for sure. I do need practice with them as there not the best looking things. :)

  326. Sarah J. says:

    I haven’t tried a zipper and I need to take the plunge because I have a dress cut out for my daughter that if I wait too much longer isn’t going to fit! This hoodie is adorable- thanks for sharing!

  327. Becky says:

    I’m ready to use invisible zippers on everything unless I get the hang of regular ones!

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