It may still be winter outside, but the spring issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine is starting to hit newsstands – which means that I can finally show you one of my projects inside: The Aloha Hoodie.

If this project looks familiar to you, it’s because I loved this top so much that after I finished the article last year, I decided to make one that I could wear right away, but without the embroidery (most of the projects that I create need to be sent in 6 months or so before they appear in the magazine). In both projects, I used the Carlton Crop Hoodie (but any purchased hoodie pattern will work) and paired up a tropical print reverse french terry (purchased from SoSewEnglish Fabrics, but no longer available) with hibiscus embroidery designs that were used along the seamline on the front piecing and hood. To add even more texture to this hoodie, I used a white, knit quilted fabric (which is only available in this colorway through a bundle) for the front, back and hood – if you have a chance to buy some of this, I highly recommend it, it’s definitely unique and cozy (but even though it’s a knit, it does have limited stretch, so don’t plan on using it with something very fitted).

Be sure to grab your copy soon! And be sure to share your versions with me!