So I was looking for a stylish sweatshirt for those days when a coat is too much. I used a basic raglan sweatshirt pattern and a circle skirt and serged the seams and darts. I then installed a high collar inspired by many a sci-fi movie. Then installed an exposed zipper. It was a pretty quick project and not expensive.
4 yards of fleece, 1 zipper
About 3.5 hours worth the work... mostly in drafting the pattern.