Hello and welcome back!
Today I am thrilled to share with you another brand new pattern that I had the pleasure of testing and hacking- the TAMI Revolution Hoodie by New Horizons Designs.
I’ve been lurking about, oogling other people’s nursing hoodies for months, but I was always too chicken to try to hack my own. Then when Terra posted a call for testers, I literally did a happy dance (ask my husband- I’m sure I looked pretty silly) because I knew THIS was the pattern I could use to FINALLY make my hacked nursing hoodie.
Even without a hack, the TAMI hoodie is fantastic- it includes a double hood (so popular right now, and for good reason- its sooo cozy!), standard hood, side hood, optional shoulder zipper, optional front zip, choice of inseam or kangaroo pockets (because you NEED pockets if you’re a mom), thumbhole or regular cuffs, and probably a million more things I’m forgetting about. This is the ONE HOODIE TO RULE THEM ALL. NO joke.
So, what did I do when faced with all these options? I hacked it to get another option- so I could finally wear a cozy hoodie, nurse, and not expose my belly to the chilly winter air or passersby (you’re welcome).
Not only that, but I also did a guest blog post with step by step photos on HOW to make your own. That’s right- its easy and you can do it too! Don’t fear the zipper. I repeat, don’t fear the zipper. In addition to my blog post, there are videos on how to construct the zip and the thumbhole cuffs that make both a breeze (thank you so much Julie!). It was my first time doing either of these options, and there’s just no substitute for that feeling you get when you learn a new sewing skill and rock it.
Here’s a link to the guest blog post, so head on over there and check it out: TAMI Revolution Nursing Hack
I actually made two versions. My first was a pink nursing hoodie using french terry from Joann’s Fabrics for the main body and Lovsalt and pepper rayon spandex french terry for the inner hood, band and thumbhole cuffs. I made this first version pretty much exactly according to the pattern, with my nursing hack added.
It went together so easily I even had time to make a second version (but not my last: I have plans for sooo many more! I LIVE in hoodies). My second version used a charcoal grey french terry from Joann’s ( I think they see me way too much in there) and again used a Love Adore rayon spandex french terry (their stuff is fantastic!) for the inner cuffs, inseam pockets, inner hood and hood lining. Let me tell you, those pockets are FANTASTIC! You can never have too many pockets, am I right?!
Of course, not being one to leave well enough alone, I decided to copy a hoodie I had seen on a friend by adding LEATHER accents to the hood grommets, zipper ends and pockets. It actually wasn’t as bad as I anticipated, thanks to the modern sewing wonder that is Wash-Away Wonder Tape (this also saved my @#$ when sewing on the zipper).
I also added “double cuffs” by sewing both the regular cuffs AND the thumbhole cuffs inside for a little extra warmth. My hands are always cold so this was an awesome solution. Finally, I lined the inner hood, because the rayon spandex terry didn’t want to fold over without a struggle. The result was totally worth the effort- I am IN LOVE with this hoodie.
Are you convinced yet? GO BUY IT! NOW!
You can also check out other testers versions in the Facebook Group! Everyone did a fantastic job, and it really shows the diversity of this pattern.
TAMI Revolution Hoodie! (affiliate link)