SSE Testers Talk: Santa Fe Pattern

We absolutely love a good colorblocked hoodie, and that's why we're talking about this week's featured SSE Testers Talk Pattern: the Santa Fe Hoodie & Top! The Santa Fe is a perfect a raglan style top featuring a multitude of views and options. We particularly love the fact that this pattern is an excellent scrapbuster, as well as one of the most versatile patterns we have here at So Sew English! 

Read on to hear more about what our fabulous pattern testers love about the Santa Fe: 

Mickenzie Watts

The Santa Fe top from SSE makes color blocking and “pattern hacking” so easy! Even for a beginner like me. I mean they give you the step by step directions on how to do it, and the patterns have fold lines where you should combine the different pieces.

I’ve made a couple for my son as well with some of the different options that are available with the clear directions on how to utilize the color blocking options this pattern will be a stable in our household for a long time.


Kate Birchen

The Santa Fe hoodie and top is so versatile and great for everyBODY. From young kiddos, to seasoned adults, there’s a way to mix it up so everyone will love it.

With the Santa Fe, I was able to make my family of 5 coordinating tops! I hacked the kids pattern to be smaller (by using my projector!) so my 2 month old could have a shirt too!

Speaking of having a baby, I also hacked another version to have nursing access! The color blocking made the hack so easy! (Check out my post in the SSE group for details!). If you don’t already have this pattern, it’s definitely one you’ll want to have!


Christy Headings

The Santa Fe is such a fun sew! I love that this comes in kids and women sizes, so that you always have the opportunity to match your kids!  This is a great scrap buster and it comes together so quickly.  My son needed new summer shirts but he’s at that age that everything has to be athletic wear… I raided my scrap bin for performance fabric and these are the two he chose! Is it wrong that I’m a little jealous of his Santa Fe and may possibly copy him?


Sherrie Broussard

Such a fun and easy sew!!

This pattern has endless versions of a great top!

Hood or no hood

zip, partial, or no zip

color block or solid

curve or straight hem

hem band or not

crop or full length

xxs-10x sizes

pattern for children

This short sleeve hoodie version came together so quickly, even the zipper!  With this cute Declaration French terry (still in stock at SSE) I now have my Memorial Day outfit! I added a little patriotic ribbon as a detail which I have seen in RTW clothes.

 Beca Luty

I love the Santa Fe pattern

 It is a quick sew (no hemming!!!) and the perfect relaxed raglan pattern!

I chose to go with the basic solid option, but it is also perfect for anyone wanting to colorblock but needing a little guidance on cutting!

I chose to forgo the waistband and add a few inches to the bottom of the bodice and hemmed it

It also comes in adult and kids sizes


Terri Levine

I love grey, so when I saw this grey leopard French terry in a bundle I knew it had to be a Santa Fe top. I chose the crop version with hood – I am not usually a crop person but the proportions on this top are just right – not too loose, not too clingy – and I’m thrilled with how it came out. Because of the amazing color blocking opportunities with this pattern I looked in my stash for a contrasting fabric -- and found it on the flip side of the same fabric (because it was just the right shade of grey). When color blocking I almost always topstitch because I think it makes it look more finished, so this top has reverse coverstitch everywhere. Finally, I hacked on some self-drafted thumbhole cuffs with a pop of color because girls just wanna have fun!


Emily Nguyen

My husband is a big cheerleader (and enabler) of my sewing, but rarely gets something himself. When I saw this quilted double knit in a ready cut, I knew it was meant for him! He loves relaxed, casual basics, and a zip-up hoodie will get a lot of use around here. I love that I could use the same Santa Fe pattern for him that I’d already printed for myself since it’s unisex- just sized up and I was ready to sew! The pattern is super versatile- I have a colorblocked shirt-sleeved tee for his favorite team ready for Father’s Day (and a quarter-zip for myself on the cutting table too)


And that's a wrap for our SSE Testers Talk of the Santa Fe Hoodie and Top Pattern! Tune in next week for our next featured pattern, the Florence Pattern! 



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