Jaywalk (Alexa/Avocado) hoodie

Here’s where my stripe hoodie inspiration came from

I love Lululemon jackets, Nike jackets even the Aldi jacket I bought last year.
Rhianna wore a cool version too.
Then I found this…so I had to stop researching and decide on what to make.

Then I made this.

This is a blend of Tessuti’s Alexa tee (body and sleeves) with Avocado hoodie (hood and sleeve cuffs with thumb hole).

Playing with the stripes and matching them kept me pondering for days. I had to keep putting this project down between each step.


I did plan and make the hoodie but placing a zip on zip off piece across the back neckline didn’t work. The hoodie stripes on the outside are vertical and on the inside they are horizontal, so when I wear it, it becomes a hood/cape/collar.

I drafted this to cover my neck.

Anita’s sleeves are a good fit and length but my idea is to wear this to the gym during the winter, hence the thumbhole sleeve cuffs.

After speaking all things activewear with Susan (measuretwicecutonce) and Joanne, it was really clear that zippered pockets in a seam line are the strongest. But I made these pockets not on the seamline. 

My RTW jacket has the pocket bag sewn into the hem and into the zipper, so that’s what I did.

Zipper tape:
I couldn’t resist this measuring tape trim #sewinggeek.

And that’s my Jaywalk hoodie:)


  1. OMG, that stripe matching (even across the sleeves and shoulders at crazy angles!) is amazing. You are a sewing goddess.


  2. I totally love this jacket Maria! It looks great on you, and it is a super stylin' athletic jacket. Nice, nice work!!


  3. I'd better go find some stripey fabric first…. And make the teen's deer patterned Avocado first too, she's been waiting on that for a while. 🙂


  4. Again, I love your work!! I've been trying to get my head around converting a cardigan to a high necked zippered top for this winter and – bam – you've done it, with chevrons to boot! May I come & live in your sewing room, please 😉


  5. The diagonal stripes are really very flattering. I might need a lesson on installing these open ended zips. They really give me trouble!


  6. Sure. Just run the bodice neckline up say 6cm-ish on both the front and back bodice pieces.
    Looking forward to seeing you at Frocktails.


  7. I did have to grab a cuppa during this bit, but once this was sewn up, I couldn't believe how quick this was to do.


  8. Zomg your version is way better than all the inspiration ones. Love the slightly raised collar and the way you've matched all the stripes everywhere. Also love that you used a softer fabric rather than a sweatshirting type. It's very feminine!


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