That’s what it cost me to make this jacket. I love this! Okay, so I didn’t factor in the cost of my pattern, but I will negate this for 2 reasons.
1. It’s from a Japanese craft book (isbn 9784579109968) with 26 patterns, all of which I will sew probably multiple times by the time I’m done with having kids
2. I wanted to say I made a jacket for $5.25.
Noah’s birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and I’ve been wanting to make him this jacket since forever. A few weeks ago, I found this really awesome twill pillow sham from Pottery Barn and I knew it would be perfect for a jacket. I paid 75 cents for it. Now, I’m not one who can walk into a thrift store and find fabulous stuff regularly, but when I do, I’m thrilled to my toes. The fabric is a really nice quality fabric that was barely breathed on, much less used, and it has some really sweet decorative rivets and flat-fell seams. The lining is Henry Glass Dogwood Basket Weave fabric I had in my stash that I bought for $6/yd, and I used 3/4 of that. I got the buttons for free and the thread was from another project.
Jacket for Noah
What I learned:
1. Yay for creative layouts: When I laid out my pattern, I was able to take advantage of the flat-fell seams and decorative rivets by playing with the grainline. The back is cut on-grain, and the front is on the cross-grain. One of the fell-seams falls across the front in between two of the buttons. The other fell seams run down the back equidistant from CB. My genius with the layout fell short on the hood. I didn’t understand at first how the hood was constructed, so I laid it out how I thought it was supposed to go, which would have put seams on either side of the center of the hood seam. When I sewed everything (including the lining–argh) together on the hood, it became obvious to me that this was not a hood, but a big old pancake. Pancakes don’t fit cupcakes (as in baby’s head). Seam ripper and I had a nice conversation, and I resewed the seams together properly, only to realize that the seams that would’ve been opposite the hood seam were now in one straight line that I could not possibly match. It’s a design feature, right? 🙂
Despite all this, I was able to take advantage of the rivets, which are at the bottom corners of the hood.
2. Jacket facings, like all facings are not terribly hard to make: The pattern is for an unlined jacket, but I knew from the beginning of this project that I wanted to line it fully. To do this, I needed to draft back and front facings. Because this is a raglan sleeved jacket, I knew the sleeve had to come into play with the facings because they form the neckline partially. I pinned the back facing to the sleeve at the neck and traced the top edge and the sides. I drew a curve 1.5″ away from the neckline curve along the bottom edge. This whole thing became my back neck facing. For the front facing, I did the same thing, tracing the front straight edge all the way down.
When I went to make the lining pieces, I followed these instructions from Threads.
I lined it as I lined my striped jacket with the directions in Sandra Betzina’s Linings A to z video.
3. Kids’ clothes are very quick to make: This should not be a revelation to me, but I just haven’t made many kids’ clothes before. Sometimes I feel guilty about this, but we’ve seriously had clothes for Noah entirely provided for us over and above what we’ve needed his entire life. This pattern just had a few diagrams to help you along. There is minimal instruction in Japanese, but, since I don’t read Japanese, the diagrams were what I had to work with. It was more than enough. It’s quite refreshing to only have diagrams to work with. You realize how excessive directions can be.
4. Making things for my baby makes him very happy: Noah picked up the lining scraps and carried them around all day. He knew that this project was for him. It was really sweet to see him so excited about it. He kept trying to steal it away from me while I was working on it, and once it was finished, he popped it on and ran around the house, totally overjoyed. I need to do more of this. I mean, check out the reaction:
My full review is at Patternreview.