It's just the thing to wear when hanging out in the slightly cool fall weather.
Or when trying to go incognito...
I had to make one pattern alteration: the neck opening was too snug to get over the head easily. There is a note about this possibility in the instructions, but not a clear explanation of how to go about making the alteration. I just winged it. Essentially, I made a mark 1/2" lower than the center front of the neckline on my pattern and used a curved ruler to connect the new spot to the top edge of the front piece. This, of course, made the hood's overlap slightly less, but I even think that's an improvement.
As with all of the Peek-a-Boo patterns I've purchased, the instructions are clear and each step is illustrated with a photo. The instructions didn't suggest this, but after examining my son's Gap hoodies, I decided to reinforce the shoulder seams with clear elastic. I also did some extra top stitching above the hem and the cuffs to control the seam allowance. I found this kind of top-stitching in a few store-bought sweatshirts I examined.
Speaking of top-stitching, I used a faux serger stitch on my Bernina to top-stitch the edge of the pockets and really like how it turned out.
It nicely bound the edge on the interior. While I have a serger, I sometimes find the regular sewing machine easier to control when accuracy is needed.
Can I show off a little bit? Look! I matched the patterns!
My one disappointment with this hoodie is the fabric. I bought the sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee. While other fleeces from the shop have been fantastic, this one pilled after its first trip through the wash. I don't expect it to look great for long.
I had to search high and low for ribbing fabric that looked ok with the main fabric. It's hard to find!! I found some at a local shop--they carried more of it than many of the online shops I visited.